Zucchini, courgette

Zucchini, courgette

Zucchini (courgette) A striped and a uniform color zucchini Genus Cucurbita Species Cucurbita pepo Origin 19th century northern Italy, before Americas The zucchini  or courgette  is a summer squash which can reach nearly a metre in length, but is usually harvested immature at 15 to 25 cm (6 to 10 in)  In Britain and…

Inca Berry – Physalis peruviana – Cape Gooseberry

Inca Berry – Physalis peruviana – Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana is closely related to the tomatillo and to the Chinese lantern, also members of the genus Physalis. As a member of the plant family Solanaceae, it is more distantly related to a large number of edible plants, including tomato, eggplant, potato and other members of the nightshades.  Despite its name, it is not closely related to…

Jalapeño

Jalapeño

The jalapeño  is a medium-sized chili pepper pod type cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum. A mature jalapeño fruit is 5–10 cm (2–4 in) long and hangs down with a round, firm, smooth flesh of 25–38 mm (1–1 in) wide. It is of mild to medium pungency, having a range of 1,000 to 20,000 Scoville units, depending on cultivar. Commonly picked…

Purple Tomatillo – Physalis Ixocarp

Purple Tomatillo – Physalis Ixocarp

The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era.  A staple of Mexican cuisine,…

Strawberries – Fragaria

Strawberries – Fragaria

Fragaria /frəˈɡɛəriə/ is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae, commonly known as strawberries for their edible fruits. There are more than 20 described species and many hybrids and cultivars. The most common strawberries grown commercially are cultivars of the garden strawberry,…

Pisum Sativum, peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas

Pisum Sativum, peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas

Pisum sativum Short-term cash crop. High forage yield in relatively short growth period. High nutritive value. Protein-rich. Highly acceptable feed for different classes of stock. Good intake characteristics. The seeds may be planted as soon as the soil temperature reaches 10 °C (50 °F), with the plants…

Honeyberry – Lonicera Caerulea

Honeyberry – Lonicera Caerulea

Lonicera caerulea, the honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle, or sweetberry honeysuckle, is a honeysuckle native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is a deciduousshrub growing to 1.5–2 m tall. The leaves are opposite, oval, 3–8 cm long and 1–3 cm broad, glaucous green, with a slightly waxy texture. The flowers…

Morello Cherry – Prunus Cerasus

Morello Cherry – Prunus Cerasus

Prunus cerasus – Morello Cherry This is a late-flowering variety, and thus misses more frosts than its sweet counterpart and is therefore a more reliable cropper. The Morello cherry ripens in mid to late summer, toward the end of August in southern England. It is…