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Ong Choy : 蕹菜 : Kong Xin Cai : 空心菜

Ong Choy : 蕹菜 : Kong Xin Cai : 空心菜

History: The origins of this plant is unknown, but it In English, the more commonly used name is water spinach. That’s because it is semiaquatic and grows under tropical conditions; it can be found in ponds or even in moist soil. The scientific name is Ipomoea aquatica. It’s popularity in Southeast Asian dishes is best explained by … Continue reading

Organic Carrots

Organic Carrots

History: A root vegetable that over the years has become domesticated. Originally, it was found in Europe and southwestern Asia as a wild carrot Daucus carota, which is much smaller and has a woodier taste. The carrots I am most acquainted with are the “baby carrots” that can be purchased in your local grocer or the … Continue reading

Gai Choy : Jie Cai : 芥菜

Gai Choy : Jie Cai : 芥菜

What you will see is commonly known as “gai choy” in Cantonese OR “jie cai” in Mandarin. It is known as a mustard green, Brassica juncea, which is a species of the mustard plant. History: Several varieties of this plant appears in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, African, and Italian cooking. Africans primarily use the leaves while Asians use … Continue reading

Broccoli Crowns

Broccoli Crowns

History: Broccoli is from the cabbage family, evolving from a wild cabbage in Europe over 2,000 years ago.  The word is actually derived from Italian, broccolo which refers to the flowering top of a cabbage. Typically when you buy broccoli, they come with a long stalk. The more favorite part of the broccoli is the edible flower … Continue reading

Red Dandelions

Red Dandelions

The other day while shopping for groceries, I came across red dandelions. It sparked my memory as I vaguely remember my mother mentioning that her friend cooked dandelions. It was shocking to me at the time because in my world, dandelions are weeds. However, if the flower is ripe, the dandelion can be quite fun … Continue reading

Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

One Saturday, while I was shopping at the local grocery, I noticed a dozen middle-aged women around a specific vegetable. This caught my eye since typically, there’s at most, five shoppers choosing any type of fruit or vegetable.  Walking towards the front, I tilted my head up to look at the sign. There, that must … Continue reading