Although Swiss chard was known by the ancient Greeks, it is not always recognized in historical literature because of the enormous variety of names, in various languages by which it is and has been called and because of its relation to the beet family. In English it is also known under these names: chard, white beet, strawberry spinach, seakale beet, leaf beet, Sicilian beet, spinach beet, Chilian beet, Roman kale, and silverbeet. Whatever you call it, how do you like to EAT it?
For a green, kale is unusually high in fiber. This helps create the bulk you need to feel full and sustain you between meals. Kale is also an excellent source of nutrients, especially vitamin A and calcium. NOT to mention, it’s also one of your best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed to help thwart cancer, heart disease and certain age-related chronic diseases. Have you hopped on the kale bandwagon? What cinched it for you?
Did you know the artichoke is part of the thistle family? Considering how tasty they are, we can’t imagine why our favorite thistle-loving donkey, Eeyore, was always so down. How would YOU prepare artichokes to cheer him up?
Winter squash is a summer-growing annual vegetable, representing several species within the genus Cucurbita, including butternut, acorn, spaghetti, calabaza and delicata. It differs from summer squash in that it is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, when the seeds within have matured fully and the skin has hardened into a tough rind. Do you have a favorite winter squash?
Native to Mexico, Central and South America, jicama has long been cultivated by Mesoamerican civilizations. Only the jicama root is edible; the rest of the plant is poisonous. Okay by us – we like to slice the apple-like flesh of the jicama root into matchsticks and toss it with chili powder and lime juice for a snack. How do you jicama?