Green Beans View More

(Phaseolus vulgaris)   Green beans belong to the legume family.  Other members include shell beans such as pinto beans, kidney beans, and black beans. All of these beans are referred to as “common beans”, a tribute to a shared ancestor that originated thousands of years ago in Peru.   Traditionally referred to as string beans… Continue Reading

Peaches View More

(prunus persica)   The peach is quite possibly the sweetest, juiciest member of the rose family.  All peaches, like apricots, plums and cherries, are classified as stone or drupe fruits because their flesh surrounds a hard center seed.  In peaches, this seed is red-brown, oval shaped and surrounded by a wood-like exterior.   There are… Continue Reading

Acorn Squash View More

(Cucurbita pepo)   A member of the Cucurbitaceae family, acorn squash is a relative of the melon and cucumber and is botanically classified as a fruit. Acorn squash along with butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin and hubbard are considered winter squashes. Unlike summer squash, winter squash are characterized by a hard outer skin that can’t be eaten…. Continue Reading

Papya View More

(Carica Papaya)   Reputably referred to by Christopher Columbus as the “fruit of the angels”, papayas have long been revered for their sweet, musky taste and ample health benefits.   Papayas are spherical fruits with a buttery flesh, similar to that of a soft melon. Papaya skin ranges in color from green–orange to red–yellow.  The… Continue Reading

Cherries View More

(Prunus avium/Prunus cerasus)   Cherries are drupe, or stone fruit, aptly named because their juicy flesh surrounds a hard center seed. Members of the Rosaceae family, genus Prunus, cherries are a distant relative to peaches, plums, and apricots.  Interestingly, the term “cherry tree” can be applied to all members of the genus Prunus, no matter… Continue Reading

Asparagus View More

(Asparagus officinalis)   Native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe, asparagus is a member of the Lily family, related to onions, leeks, and garlic.  Asparagus means “shoot” or “sprout” in Greek, a fitting name as the ancient Greeks were one of the first to cultivate this sprout nearly 3,000 years ago.  During the Middle… Continue Reading

Cauliflower View More

(Brassica oleracea) Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the family Brassicaceae including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and collard greens.   Descended from wild cabbage, cauliflowers once closely resembled kale or collards. These days, cauliflowers form a compacted head of undeveloped white flower buds called the “curd”. A tight encasing of heavy green leaves… Continue Reading