Tamarillo

Tamarillo

Egg shaped but pointed at both ends. 5-10cm in length. Smooth skin may be deep purple, blood red, orange or yellow and may have dark longitudinal stripes. Flesh can be orange/red, orange/yellow or cream/yellow. Skin is tough and unpleasant in…

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Tangelo

Tangelo

A hybrid of a mandarin and a grapefruit. Thin skin which peels more readily than grapefruit. Fine textured flesh, very juicy. Sweet flavour. Range from the size of a standard sweet orange to the size of a grapefruit. Are usually…

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Taro

Taro

Root or tuber crop. Tall growing plant 1m in height. Resembles elephant’s ear plant. Broad heart shape leaves. A large central corm and a cluster of swollen lateral tubers. Corm and tubers are covered in a fibrous husk. Taro are…

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Turnip

Turnip

Turnip are root vegetables. Closely related to each other. Large spherical tubers 10-20cm in diameter. Turnips and swedes are cool climate vegetables. They are resistant to mild frosts and are grown from seed in moderately deep, well drained fertile soil.…

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Water Chestnut

Water Chestnut

Cultivated for its corm (tuber). A grass-like plant growing to a height of 1.5m. Tuber covered in brown skin with white flesh. Chestnut flavour of sugar cane, sweet corn and coconut. Crisp texture similar to potatoes. 3-5cm in diameter. Wet…

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Zucchini Flower

Zucchini Flower

Zucchini plants have either male or female flowers. Both are edible. Both are large, star-shaped golden-yellow flowers with 5 petals. Female flowers are borne at the end of the tiny fruit. Male flowers are slightly smaller and grow on the…

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Wombok – Chinese Cabbage

Wombok – Chinese Cabbage

Light green/white leaves. Tightly packed into an elongated head. Similar in flavour to ordinary cabbage although, slightly sweeter. While the green leaves can be slightly peppery, the thick white ribs are sweet and juicy. The inner leaves are particularly tender…

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Witlof

Witlof

Related to the lettuce, endive, artichoke and raddichio. Narrow, elongated bulbous clusters of leaves. 15cm in height. 5cm in diameter. Witlof can be cooked by steaming, boiling or microwaving. Witlof is cultivated in two stages. Firstly, witlof is grown from…

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Squash

Squash

Flat and circular with scalloped edge. Botanically a fruit. Skin is either pale green or golden yellow depending on variety. Flesh is white and crisp. Small, soft, edible seeds. Squash varieties will not tolerate frosts, therefore winter planting should be…

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Shallot – Onion

Shallot – Onion

The name of the shallot derives from the name of the city of Ashkelon (Latin “Ascalon’) in ancient Canaan, in Italian its name is “scalogno”. Unlike onions where each plant normally forms a single bulb, shallots form clusters of offsets,…

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Sapodilla

Sapodilla

Brown russeted (speckled) fruit, the size of a mango. Thin skin similar to a kiwi fruit but hairless. Yellowish brown flesh is soft and melting and can be smooth or granular. Very sweet aromatic flavour. Contains up to 12 shiny…

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Radish

Radish

Small, low growing root vegetable. Turnip or globe shaped. 25-30mm in diameter. Scarlet/bright red skin. Some varieties are white skinned. Strong, sharp, aromatic pepper flavour. Remove roots and stalks and wash in cold water. Serve whole or sliced as hors-d’oeu-vre,…

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