Category: Vegetables

Carrot Cake Fritters

  * * * I HATE CARROTS! There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat them if they’re served in front of me. I’ll eat them if they’re covered in dip. But in general, my kitchen a carrot-free zone…unless I sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and they send me box filled with carrots! They say…

Okra

1. WHAT IS IT?  Pronounced: oh-crah  AKA: ladies’ fingers; bhindi; ochro; gumbo Countries of origin: West Africa and South Asia  Plant of origin: Abelmoschus esculentus History: It’s unclear where okra originally came from. South Asia has distant ancestors of the plant, while West Africa has a greater diversity of it. One of the earliest reports of okra is from 1216…

Yuca (Cassava Root)

1. WHAT IS IT? Pronounced: YOU – ka ; cah – SAH – vah AKA: potato of the tropics Countries of origins: Africa, South America, and the Caribbean Plant of origin: Manihot esculenta History: According to legend, a mother watched her child die from hunger. Shortly aft was buried, a forest transformed the child’s body into the roots of a plant (ah-hem, yuca). This plant‘s…