CHEF'S CORNER/Vegetables

VEGETABLES IN SEASON

Vegetable

Season

Origin

Notes

King Edward Potatoes

All

South America

High in vitamin C - populat - general use

Coriander

All

Southern Europe

Tangy, citrus

Chantenay Carrots

All

Not seen since 1960's until recently

Sweet and crunchy

Sungold Tomatoes

All

Mexico originally

Delicate and very juicy

Chilli Peppers

All

Mexico

Wide variety of heat and taste - high in vitamin A

Celery

All

To UK from Italy in 17 century

Cooked or raw - in Waldorf salad

Red Cabbage

All

Mediterranean

Mellow and flavoursome -ideal for pickling

Kale

Not March/April

 

Cooked or raw with soups and sauces - also known a collard greens

Shallots

All

Central & South West Asia

Mild and delicate flavour

Broad Beans

May - October

Used in Mexico 3000 BC

Versatile in summer - lectins from broad beans help colonic cancer

Marfona Potatoes

All

South America

Ideal for baking

Dill

All

Asia

White sauces

Lemongrass

All

Asia

Ideal for stir fry

Peas

May - September

Southewrn Syria & Turkey

Cooked or raw

Teen Spinach

May - November

Italy

Cooked or raw

Beetroot

All

Mediterranean

High in sugars - raw or cooked - good blood cleanser

Mint

All

Into England by Romans

Many varieties

Wilja Potatoes

All

South America

Firm and dry - chips and boiling

Asparagus

May - July

Europe and North Africa

Served hot or cold - very versatile -Asparagus is a rich source of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre. It also contains potassium and iron.

Aubergine

April - July

India

High in potassium so good for blood pressure. Only 15 cals per 100mg

Cauliflower

All

Cyprus

Contains vitamin C and potassium

Baby Courgettes

April - July

Possibly developed from South American squash

 

Pointed Cabbage

May - October

Mediterranean

 

Closed cap mushrooms

All

 

High in Fibre - excellent flavour enhancer

Estima Potatoes

All

South America

Good for baking and boiling

Basil

All

India

Helps protect against heart disease and cancer

Chard

March - September

Mediterranean

Often known as perpetual spinach

Saxon Potatoes

All

South America

For boiling and mashing

Spanish Onion

All

Spain - Central Asia

Rich in flavenoids and quercetin - good against hay fever

Galangal

All

China

Both stimulant and digestive

Spring Greens

May

Mediterranean

 

Tarragon

All

Northern Hemisphere

Good with chicken, fish and egg dishes - anise aroma

Green Cabbage

All

Mediterranean

High in vitamin K & C

Peppers

All

Mexico

 

Nicola Potatoes

May - July

South America

Ideal for salads

Cep Mushrooms

All

 

High in fibre - little nutrition value

Spinach

May - November

South West Asia

Excellent source of beta carotein not iron as once thought

Chives

All

 

Ideal for salads to give an onion tiaste

Desireee Potatoes

All

South America

Good for general use

Ginger

All

Southeast Asia

Helps eliminate toxins from the body

Thyme

All

Europe, North Africa, Asia

High in iron and used for flavouring

Charlotte Potatoes

May - July

South America

Ideal for salads

Celery

All

Known in Egypt BC and Troy

Valuable low calorie fibre provider

Spring Onion

All

 

Ideal in salads and Chinese dishes

Carrots

All

Mediterranean

Helps diabetes - 40 cals for a large raw carrot

Sage

All

Grown widely

Slightly peppery flavour

Shitake Mushrooms

All

Japan

 

Plum Tomatoes

All

Mediterranean but Mexico originally

Lycopene is excellent against heart attacks

Romano Potatoes

All

South America

Good for roasting

Purple sprout broccoli

All

Mediterranean

In the UK between 2005 and 2006, 8,721 hectares of broccoli fields produced 86,900 tonnes of produce.

Maris Piper Potatoes

Not August

South America

High in vitamin C and potassium

Baby Leeks

All

Mesopotamia

Very tasty and used in some soups and salads

Flat Beans

All

Central America

Rich in iron and B group vitamins

Mustard & Cress

All

 

Ideal as a garnish

Sante Potatoes

All

South America

Good for chipping

Parsley

All

Eastern Mediterranean

Rich in vitamin C

Nadine Potatoes

All

South America

For boiling and mashing

Garlic

All

Possibly China - used throughout history

Antibiotic and antifungal

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