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 Lear The favorite fruit of the goddess of love, Aphrodite,...

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...