Spinach made its way into Italian kitchens in the 11th century and was Catherine de Medici’s favorite food. When she left Florence in the 16th century to marry King Henry II of France, she brought both spinach and cooks who knew her favorite ways to eat it. Ever since, dishes that are served on a bed of spinach are called “a la Florentine.” Do you have a fave Florentine dish?
This tasty vegetable goes through a surprisingly complicated process before being served. Follow the trail of hearts of palm from a seedling to delectable side dish in this clip from The Science Channel’s “How It’s Made.” Have you ever tried hearts of palm? What was the dish?
Considered both medicinal and an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans, the sugar beet was used in the 19th century in Germany for table sugar production. Do you eat beets as sweets? Tell us how!
Some varieties of radish can grow up to 3-feet long, weighing 100lbs! Needless to say, you’re unlikely to see these in your local market. However, there are numerous varieties that fair well in the Texas soil and the hotter the summer, the more peppery your radish!
Fennel seeds are often used to season Mediterranean dishes, but the bulb, stems and feathery leaves also pack a wallop of flavor. We like to roast bulbs to bring out their sweetness and top salads and soups with chopped leaves. How do you use fennel?