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Artichoke Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

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ARTICHOKES: THE BASICS
The Season. The artichoke season is "spring". Bud or Vegetable? Did you know that the edible portion of an artichoke is really a large flower bud of a kind of thistle? Brief Artichoke History Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean region and are celebrated in Italian, Greek and North African cookery. Today we best know the "globe" artichoke, mostly large but also in small, younger and more tender artichokes. Where Artichokes Are Grown In the U.S., nearly the entire artichoke crop comes from a single county in California. Thorns, Chokes & Hearts. To cook a whole fresh artichoke, first snip off the thorns which protect the outer leaves. After cooking it by steaming or microwaving, break off the leaves one by one, then scrape one between your front teeth, releasing a tiny pocket of flesh. The "choke" itself is at the bottom, thi…

Rhubarb Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

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RHUBARB: THE BASICS
Pronounced [ROO-barb]. Also called "Pie Plant".

The Season. The rhubarb season is "spring and early summer". Fruit or Vegetable? The rhubarb plant is technically a vegetable but its crisp, sour stalks are most often cooked like fruit with sugar. Like celery ribs, rhubarb stalks are long and smooth, sometimes thin and sometimes thick, sometimes pale green and best of all, "rhubarb red". Don't Eat the Leaves! A rhubarb's triangular leaves are inedible at best, toxic at worst. Rhubarb Love Rhubarb is especially appreciated in the Midwest and Scandinavia, especially the red varieties that add glorious color to pies, muffins, cobblers and other treats. Something you might know about me, Alanna? "Rhubarb red" is my favorite color!

RHUBARB NUTRITION INFORMATION
Per 1/4 pound raw rhubarb: 24 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; …

Green Bean Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of the same old green beans? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal green bean recipes. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes from simple for every day to special for occasions. Explore, have fun, get inspired!
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GREEN BEANS: THE BASICS
Also called Bush Beans, Common Beans, Runner Beans, Snap Beans, String Beans and often, y'know, just "beans". This page also includes special recipes for "Romano Beans" and "Yellow Beans".

QUICK POLL Shall we do a quick poll? What do A Veggie Venture readers call beans? Is there one name from your childhood and another from today? This could be fun!

The growing season for green beans is "mid to late summer". Frozen green beans are often excellent, I nearly always keep a bag on hand for a quick, healthy side vegetable. I especially like the frozen thin b…

Sweet Potato Recipes – Alphabet of Vegetables (Yam Recipes)

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SWEET POTATOES: THE BASICS
Sweet potatoes are called "golden kumara" in Australia – isn't that just lovely?!

The Season. New sweet potatoes are harvested in autumn. But since they store well in refrigeration, sweet potatoes are found in grocery stores year-round. In the U.S., sweet potatoes are especially popular at Thanksgiving with the sickly-sweet, marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. Root Vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a "root vegetable" – this means that the plant's edible part, the root, develops below ground. (More about Root Vegetables.) Only two varieties are widely grown, the Beauregard and the garnet. The Beauregard can be stored for long periods and so is less expensive, usually these are labeled "sweet potatoes". Go for Garnets. The garnet is my favorite sweet potato, the flesh is more orange, the flavor more sweet. It is also …

Kale Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

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Kale 101: THE BASICS
Pronounced (Duh) [kale]. The Season. The growing season for kale is "late winter" to "early spring". Thanks to the miracle of our global food distribution system, however, beautiful kale is easily found year-round in grocery stores. Other Names for Kale. Also called Scots cabbage and borecole. What's some times is called Chinese kale isn't kale but Chinese broccoli aka gai-lan or kai-lan. Taste Kale is a bitter green, this can be countered with a splash of vinegar. When added to soup or stew, usually near the end so it doesn't cook to mush, kale actually adds a lovely savory-sweetness. Kale = Super Food. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. Special Diets. Kale is gluten-free, paleo approved, South Beach diet approved (Phase 1), Weight Watchers friendly and Whole30 approved. (Naturally, specific preparations matter to each of these eatin…

Tomato Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Pumpkin Recipes - Alphabet of Vegetables

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PUMPKIN: THE BASICS
Large, round and often orange, the pumpkin is a member of the gourd family, which also includes muskmelon, watermelon and squash. Its orange flesh has a mild, sweet flavor and the seeds — husked and roasted — are delicately nutty. It's native to North America! Canned Pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is an economical staple, one of the few whole-food items in the middle aisles of a grocery store. Just be sure to buy "100% pumpkin" not pumpkin pie filling. Better Yet, Make Your Own. It's easy to make your own pumpkin puréee, just roast a pumpkin (see how to, below) and then scrape the flesh. But after too-many watery pumpkins, I switched to something called a Kabocha Squash, it's perfect. In fact, if you look at the labels on cans of pumpkin, it mentions the kabocha squash! Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds are called "pepitas". Pumpkin Substitutes…