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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Quince

Quince

Botanically a pome, closely related to the apple and pear. Generally pear shaped and hard. Yellow skin, tinged with green, covered with a fine down. Golden yellow flesh is also hard and acid. The quince is a deciduous tree that…

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Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

Pear shaped fruit, 6-8cm in length. Small spines scattered over the surface of the fruit. Skin is yellow/orange/crimson. Flesh is delicately sweet and may be white, yellow or crimson depending on variety. Small hard edible seeds. Indian Figs or prickly…

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Potato

Potato

Small spreading plant with stems that grow 40-60cm high. The potato is actually a tuber which grows underground on the roots of the plant. The plant is grown from the eye or bud on the tuber. Potatoes are easily prepared…

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Peanut

Peanut

An annual plant in the pea family that is native to South America. Peanuts are not true nuts: they are found underground when ripe and are technically called a woody legume. Each legume has a rough light brown coat, is…

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Pea Sugarsnap

Pea Sugarsnap

Like a normal green pea pod in appearance. A pea pod which snaps or breaks like a green bean. Seeds are allowed to mature and become fully rounded pods have thick walls and are sweet and edible, except for the…

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Snow Pea

Snow Pea

Completely flat pod. Bright green in colour. No seed development. Pod and pea is eaten whole. Edible podded peas grow in cool, moist conditions. The crop is sensitive to heat. Pods can be damaged by frost, but stems and foliage…

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Nashi

Nashi

Technically a pear. Round in shape, like an apple. Cream/white flesh which is firm, crisp and juicy. Skin is green/yellow. Skin is russeted (brown speckled). Has the appearance and texture of an apple and the flavour of a pear. The…

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Pumpkin Jap/Ken Special

Pumpkin Jap/Ken Special

Also called the Jap or Delica. Small pumpkin usually between 1 and 3kg. Mottled green and yellow skin. Golden yellow flesh. Very sweet taste. Said to resemble sweet potato in texture and taste. Many different Japanese varieties are grown, such…

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Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke

An immature flower head comprising of a bud with numerous overlapping bracts or scales. The edible part consists of the fleshy tender base of the young flowers and bracts, plus the receptacle bearing the flowers. The plant attains a height…

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