Asian veggies

A part of the Asian, or Southeast Asian, veggie part at one of many native supermarkets. It’s principally unfamiliar to me. I normally scan for uncommon shapes and textures after I roll by. My general curiosity isn’t that top, in an unique, totally different cultures method, as a result of, in addition to some totally different tastes, it’s simply…extra veggies! This time, I made a decision to take a more in-depth look, and took a pic on my cellphone (which was additionally my procuring listing!). So what do we’ve?

IDing the whole lot from the picture, prime row, left to proper, I couldn’t make out what that first plastic-wrapped veg is (no label in picture). Subsequent, bitter melon, my mother grew this in her group backyard. Utilized in Chinese language delicacies. Take away seeds, preserve pores and skin, slice, use in stir fries. Or steam, or stuff. Subsequent, eggplant, and daikon radish, each acquainted, I’ve grown these. Then, squash (lengthy) is what the label says, however this one has a number of names: opo squash, calabash, bottle gourd, and extra. It is available in totally different shapes, just like the hourglass dried gourd model, or actually lengthy, or this stumpier look. For cooking, it’s one other summer time squash, like zucchini, so uncooked, steamed, boiled, sautéed, or grilled!

Backside row, from the left: This lengthy, skinny veg is labeled drumstick (cropped out of picture), and it’s additionally referred to as moringa. The pods from the moringa tree, from Southeast Asia, India. Numerous superfood claims. When used as a veg, there are these pods, and in addition moringa seeds. For the pods, reduce up, put in soups and curries. Subsequent, haldi, one other title for turmeric. Relative of ginger, native to Southeast Asia. Use contemporary the identical as powdered turmeric, grate or slice and add to soups, rice, no matter you want. Additionally, pickle (a technique: lemon juice, salt, jar, fridge), use in marinades, mix. Then, carrot, purple/crimson, ready slightly in a different way with the tops sliced off. And okra. Final, the bumpy textured veg is labeled karela, which seems to be one in every of many names for bitter melon, so identical as above!

And the place are they from, contemporary not frozen within the lifeless of winter? Carrot, daikon, eggplant and okra are from proper right here in Ontario, the drumstick is from India, and the remainder had been grown within the Dominican Republic. All of them I feel could be grown right here in colder nation, besides turmeric, which wants many months of heat climate (it apparently could be performed with just a few months of indoor rising, then shifting outdoors).

Now that I’ve lastly LOOKED CLOSER, I’ll in all probability strive a few of the new veg. Of specific curiosity: drumstick and (remembering mother) bitter melon!


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