Friday, August 11, 2006

Things I’ve learned along the way…

If you think you don’t like Swiss chard it’s because you don’t grow your own. Swiss chard eaten within an hour or two after harvest tastes nothing like the chard you buy in the grocery store—same for:
Green beans
And broccoli
But especially Swiss chard.

A corn stalk only grows one ear of corn…but a broccoli plant can grow more than one head.

Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower have heads, corn has ears, potatoes have eyes, lots of vegetables including onions have skin but I can’t think of any plant with a mouth or a nose.

The skin of a cucumber contains a large portion of its nutritional value so it should not be peeled—I’m not sure about the waxed cucumbers often found in stores. You may want to check the nutritional value of wax.

The skin of an acorn squash, picked early in the season, can be eaten right along with the squash. I’m not sure of the nutritional value of squash skin.

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