Consider The Corn and Potato

Consider The Corn and Potato
“Usually corn and potatoes are considered common, some might even say lowly, but on the first weekend of August the residents of North Branford (CT) elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights. In its eleventh year, the Potato and Corn Festival now brings tens of thousands of visitors over three days to the typically sleepy farm town.”

http://www.nbpotatofest.com

Consider The Onion – 11

Consider The Onion - 11
“Common onions are normally available in three colours: yellow, red, and white. Yellow onions, also called brown onions, are full-flavoured and are the onions of choice for everyday use. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when caramelized and give French onion soup its sweet flavour. The red onion is a good choice for fresh use when its colour livens up the dish. It is also used in grilling and char-broiling. White onions are the traditional onions that are used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden colour when cooked and a particularly sweet flavour when sautéed.”

Wikipedia

Consider The Romanesco – 3

Consider The Romanesco - 3
“Romanesco, also known as Romanesque cauliflower or Romanesco broccoli, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is light green in color. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, as a vegetable its texture is far more crunchy, and its is flavour is not as assertive, being delicate and nutty.”

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Consider The Squash – 4

Consider The Squash - 4
“The English word “squash” derives from askutasquash (a green thing eaten raw), a word from the Narragansett language, which was documented by Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, in his 1643 publication A Key Into the Language of America. Similar words for squash exist in related languages of the Algonquian family such as Massachusett.”

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Consider The Gourd – 1

Consider The Gourd - 1
“A gourd is the hollow, dried shell of a fruit in the plant family Cucurbitaceae, to which squash belong. There are edible gourds (squash), and those non-edible varieties used as vessels, musical instruments and for decor. Gourds are believed to be the earliest plant domesticated by man, in Africa, where they were used as bowls and bottles (they are still used today to drink yerba maté in South America). The rattling dried seeds inside enable gourds to be used as percussion instruments; even today, gourds are used as resonating chambers on certain stringed instruments and drums, especially in the Caribbean.”
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