Uses: Fresh eating, or quickly steamed, sauteed, or stir-fried
Fun Fact: The term “mangetout” (French for “eat it all”) can be applied to sugar snap peas and snow peas alike.
Where Did the Snap Pea Come From?
Hailed as the greatest new vegetable on the market, Sugar Snap peas took the vegetable world by storm in the spring of 1979.
They truly w
Uses: Eaten out of hand as a snack, in granola, atop cereal and in baked goods or in teas and soups
Fun fact: Ningxia Province, which produces a large share of China’s goji berries for export, holds a goji berry festival each August to celebrate the annual harvest.
The goji berry has enjoyed much fanfare as a medicinal wonder. For a few thousand years these small red berries have been the center of many tall tales of healing and extreme longevity. Despite the trumped-up h
Place: The Mediterranean
Uses: Salads, stir fries, soups, sandwiches, pesto and sauces
Fun Fact: Arugula is also often called rocket; both names derive from the original Latin name of the plant, “eruca.” As he was developing his botanical taxonomy, Carl Linneaus followed, naming arugula Eruca sativa.
Arugula: Origin and History
In the world of plants, few have such a long and noble history as
The terms goji berry and wolfberry are often used interchangeably. Is there a difference?
Well, sort of. Both names can be used to refer to the fruit of Lycium chinense and Lycium barbarum, two closely related species of boxthorn, in the Solanaceae family. While the two plants are very similar, the fruit of L. barbarum is sweeter, less astringent and higher in betaine, an important nutrient believed to support liver and kidney health. Additionally, the fruit of L. barbarum is meatier in texture, while L. chinense is more fibrous. (Please note that only the mature fruit of either species should be eaten.)
Uses: Pickles, fresh eating, stir fries, soups and more
Fun Fact: Chinese fruit radishes such as the Shawo are a traditional part of wintertime tea parties in Beijing.
Winter radishes have an ancient — and spicy — history, and we are thrilled to see that these bulbous root crops are regaining popularity in modern gardens.
Uses: Stir fried, soups, stews, curries
Fun fact: The immature flower shoots are delicious and reminiscent of Asian baby corn.
Most gardeners love to grow spinach, but sadly, it falters when the weather begins to get pleasantly warm. Fortunately, there’s a crop that yields similar (but more gelatinous) leaves all summer long. I