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Our Harvest: Neeps and Swedes

Our Harvest: Neeps and Swedes

Our Harvest: Neeps and Swedes Turnips (Brassica rapa) are believed to have originated in middle and eastern Asia. It is a biennial root vegetables in the mustard family. Cultivated before the 15th century BC in India, it was grown for its oil-bearing seeds, otherwise...

Tasty Transformation

Tasty Transformation

Tasty Transformation: Quince “They dined on mince, and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon." —Edward LearThe favorite fruit of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, quince...

Grapes

“The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.”  Thomas Love Peacock   Grapes are a berry of a deciduous woody vine of the flowering plant Vitis. The name is old English and comes from the tool used to harvest them—“grap hook.”...

No Small Potatoes

Small Potatoes     “You must take the little potato with the big potato” or “That’s no small potatoes!”  There are around 200 varieties of potatoes grown in the United States and 20 million metric tons of potatoes sold. According to Cornell Cooperative...

Strawberry & Rhubarb

Wuttahimneash (strawberry)   The Naragansett Native American word for strawberry—wuttahimneash—translates to heart-seed berry. The scientific name is Fragaria ananassa, which refers to its sweet fragrance. The strawberry we know and love today is a cultivated...

Morel Mushrooms

Mushroom mania is catching in the Rondout Valley thanks to a very special, very tasty, very fussy and unpredictable gem - the morel (Morchella) mushroom.  Not a beauty by any means (unless you consider food that looks like a dirty sponge on a stalk enticing), but with...

Brussels sprouts

  Brussels sprouts (and yes, that is the proper name whether you are referring to one or many) have been cultivated since Ancient Roman times.  In fact, they are of Mediterranean origin. Brussels sprouts, or Choux de Bruxelles, that we know today, were possibly...

Locavores Squash Dilemma

Locavores Squash Dilemma

Globalization has triumphed in the produce aisle. More than half the fresh fruits and one third of the vegetables in our supermarkets are imported from other countries.  But anyone with taste-buds knows that just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it tastes good.  We...

Locavores Squash Dilemma

Globalization has triumphed in the produce aisle. More than half the fresh fruits and one third of the vegetables in our supermarkets are imported from other countries.  But anyone with taste-buds knows that just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it tastes good.  We...

Tomato

Wolf Peaches   Native to the Americas, tomatoes have been traced back to the Aztecs, around 700 AD. It was not until the 1500s that the tomato reached Europe. The pomi d’oro, or golden apples, are believed to have arrived in Europe via Spanish conquistador Hernán...