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SPINACH (Spinacia oleracia)

admin / December 6, 2017

Originally from Persia, it is a very strong tasting vegetable and not to everybody’s taste. For a milder tasting version, try chard leaves. There are both Summer and Winter varieties of Spinach. While Spinach is rich in many vitamins, A, B2, C, cooking causes the oxalic acid to form insoluble compounds with calcium and iron, and thus not being absorbed by…

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SHALLOTS (Allium cepa Aggregatum group)

admin / December 6, 2017

Apparently, Shallots probably came from Central Asia, but as the Ancient Greeks thought that they came from “Ascalon” in Israel, they were originally called “Scallions”. Nowadays, Spring onions are sometimes known as “Scallions” in Scotland and Ireland. Shallots are sweeter than onions and generally will store much longer than onions, provided they have not run to seed. The smaller shallots tend to…

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SCORZONERA (Scorzonera hispanica)

admin / December 6, 2017

Scorzonera has a wide range in Europe, but is common in Spain and Italy, where it has been grown for centuries. It is grown and prepared in a very similar way to Salsify. The long, thin, black roots are difficult to peel for cooking and will quickly discolour. Scorzonera is a perennial, grown for the long edible root with a black…

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SALSIFY (Tragopogon porrifolius)

admin / December 6, 2017

Salsify is an uncommon root vegetable from the Mediterranean region. The long, thin, beige roots are difficult to peel for cooking and will quickly discolour. It is claimed that they taste like vegetable oysters. While they are easily grown from seed, the size of the crop is quite small. It is a hardy bi-annual with a pretty purple daisy-like flower. The…

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SALAD LEAVES, (ORIENTAL, MUSTARDS, ROCKET, SORREL, LAND CRESS, OKAHIJIKI, BABY, KOMATSUNA, MINUTINA) LEAVES and FLOWERS

admin / November 17, 2017

Different sorts of salad leaves are becoming very popular instead of just havinglettuce leaves, Chicory leaves or Endive leaves with our salads. You will see many of these salad leaves in packets of salad leaves in the supermarket. Many of these salad leaves bring different tastes, colours and textures to the plate. Several seed catalogues have packets of mixed varieties of salad leaves for you to…

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RUNNER BEAN (Phaseolus coccineus) & Runner / French Bean Cross

admin / November 17, 2017

Runner beans originate in the areas at high altitude of Central and Northern South America. They were cultivated in Mexico in ancient native American civilisations, and brought back to Europe by the Spanish in the 16 th Century. Not only are they very colourful climbers, but they crop over quite a long period. Runner beans are actually perennial plants but are…

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RADISH (Raphanus sativus)

admin / November 17, 2017

Radishes have a very long history having been known in Ancient Egypt, though these were probably the large black rooted types. Radishes come in a surprising variety of shapes and colours. Apart from the usual small round and oblong ones, there are large tapering types. Colours can be red, pink, white and black. There are also some Winter types. Seed should be…

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POTATOES (solanum tuberosum)

admin / November 17, 2017

Potatoes are one of the oldest crops cultivated by early man some 5000 years B.C., high in the Andes round Lake Titicaca. The Incas selected more palliative strains of the wild potatoes for a staple food. Brought to England in 1590, they did not become a food staple here until the late 18 th century, after the potato adapted to our…

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PEPPERS (sweet) and CHILLIES (hot)

admin / November 17, 2017

Sweet Peppers and Chilies are native to South and Central America, where they were used by the native inhabitants for thousands of years. They were brought back to Europe after Columbus’s voyage to Mexico in 1492. There are an extraordinary number of varieties in specialist catalogues available today, varying from mild sweet peppers, to the viciously hot. Most catalogues will have…

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PEAS (Pisum sativum)

admin / November 17, 2017

Peas have been cultivated for over 8000 years from the late Stone Age, and were selected from the wild form still found growing in Turkey. Apparently the Romans introduced Peas to the UK. In olden times, the peas were frequently dried and stored for Winter use in dishes such as Pease Pudding, and were a valuable source of protein. Indeed, an…

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