Watercress is a hardy, perennial European herb that grows naturally in wet soil & at the margins of running water. The leaves have a piquant, peppery taste and are best eaten fresh. Highly nutritious – especially in vitamins A, E, C & K and iron.
Ridged gourds are a tropical vine in the cucumber family. Fruits are eaten young for edible purposes. Mature fruit becomes very fibrous and, fully developed, is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge!
Sweetcorn is a variety of maize with a high sugar content. It was cultivated by native Americans and became more widespread following the European colonisation in the 17th century.
Sweet potatoes are edible tropical tuber with pinkish orange slightly sweet flesh.
It is not related to the potato. The young leaves and shoots can be eaten as greens. Sweet potato is lighter and fluffier in texture than potatoes too.
The swede is a contraction of “Swedish Turnip” and is a cross between and cabbage and a turnip. It is largely grown for its roots although young leaves can be added to leafy salads and soups. Classed as a brassica for crop rotation.
Squash are members of the same family as pumpkins, cucumber, melons and marrows. Summer squash are thinner skinned and quicker growing (courgette). Winter squash are thicker skinned and take longer to develop (pumpkin & butternut).