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First Aired - 08/29/2010 03:30PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on We Dig Plants join Carmen and Alice as they speak to Scott Apell, horticultural taxonomist, about some of the stranger and more exotic vegetables available this summer. Learn about snow peas with extra serrated wings, why eggplants are never guys, and the best way to make gooseberry pie! This episode was sponsored by White Oak Pastures.

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White Oak Pastures, we've had our fill of common vegetables, uncommon vegetables, its hot in Vieques, Scott Appell, The Green Man, Scott is a horticultural taxonomist, Scott is an author as well, The Horticultural Society of New York, Scott is up to his elbows in gooseberries, Gooseberries are from Sri Lanka, Gooseberries do well in drought and purple with a few edible seeds in them, Gooseberry pie, Okinawa Spinach, a daisy cousin, puslane, purslane is high in iron and potassium, purslane with fresh tomatoes and red onion, Asian winged beans, a snow pea with four edges, the edges are serrated, they're a legume, everything is available from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, www.Heirloomseeds.com, is it easy to grow an Asian winged pea?, this is not a spring pea however, you need a trellis to grow it, how many days of growing until harvest?, just like a regular pea the young leaves and pea shoots make a great vegetable, Mexican Sour Gerkin, it looks like a watermelon, they are great in salads raw or as pickles, cook them like you would tomatoes or eggplants,
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The Ramones - When I Eat Vegetables I Think of You, people need to try new vegetables, for a couple of bucks for a pack of seeds why not?, for years people didn't eat things in the nightshade family, now we've accepted members of the nightshade family, eggplants are part of a really toxic group, nightshades are gorgeous looking, multi-colored eggplants and tomatoes look great in a flower bed, Eggplant is from India, Naranjilla, means little orange, Naranjilla is from the Andes and looks like an eggplant on steroids, the fruit is like a small bright yellow cherry tomato with a green interior, you can make sorbets or juices out of them, its easily five feet tall, Cassabanana, the fruit is incredibly fragrant, the fruit has bright orange flesh and is very juicy and delicious, its a big plant and needs support as it can grow up to 50 feet tall, the fruit ripening in time may be an issue, fruit vs vegetable is really a culinary thing, botanically something with seeds is a fruit, you often hear on cooking shows how the male egg plant is more bitter than the female eggplant, that's a ridiculous statement like calling a pregnant woman male, if it has seeds its the swollen female ovary of a plant, Scott has the life!, could you grow the Naranilla in Colorado?,

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First Aired - 08/24/2010 03:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Food Seen Michael sits down with Adam & Brad Farmerie of AvroKO design. Adam and Brad (the chef at Public and Double Crown) turned design firm consultants have helped some of the best restaurants in New York and beyond create a style from the ground up, focusing on everything from materials to their theory of a collective consciousness spanning both the food and the visuals. This episode was sponsored by White Oak Pastures.

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