Sprout

Sprout

Sprouts are germinated seeds 3-4cm in length. During the sprouting process, the seed absorbs moisture, swells, bursts the seed coat and begins to grow a shoot. Seeds are germinated upon rinsing, then they are placed in a dark, humid environment,…

Continue Reading

Star Apple

Star Apple

Round/oblate fruit 5-15cm in diameter. Smooth, copper, purple, green coloured skin. Flesh is white, soft, juicy and arranged in eight segments surrounding hard, brown, glossy seeds. The fruit has a star shaped pattern in the cross section. Flavour is sweet…

Continue Reading

Swede

Swede

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. Seeds are…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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.…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading