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Globe Artichokes: The French Artichokes
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Scientific name of Globe Artichoke is Cynara scolymus. It is a popular plant which is grown for its edible globular flower buds that is used as a vegetable. Globe artichokes are known by different names in different parts of the world. It is called “Sharifa” or "Shalifa" in Hindi.
Cabbage and Cauliflower
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Cabbage is one of the most popular winter vegetables in the tropics. Cabbage is used for making various vegetable preparations, salads, pickles and vegetable soups. Cabbage is believed to be originated in the coastal southern and western Europe. Cauliflower plant is grown for its white tender heads called ‘curds’; it is grown as a winter vegetable in tropics and subtropics.
Nutrient Rich Citrus Fruits
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This small book focuses on “Citrus Fruits”. A detailed account of growing practices, nutritional information, health benefits and food uses of four citrus fruits such as limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits are available in this book.
Courgettes: The Zucchini Squash
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Zucchini is a type of summer squash grown as a summer vegetable for its tender, edible spongy fruits. It is the most popular and widely grown summer squash vegetable. Scientific name of zucchini is Cucurbita pepo. It belongs to the gourd family of vegetables, i.e. Cucurbitaceae. Zucchini is also called as courgette.
Nutritious Sweet Potatoes
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Recent scientific studies reveal one important fact regarding our nutrition: Cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries, and of course, our humble sweet potatoes are the most nutritious foods on the planet Earth. Isn’t it surprising that sweet potatoes are also featured in the list as one of the nutrient-dense foods? A tuber vegetable that we all ignored so far...
Custard Apples, Sugar Apples, Cherimoya and Sour Sop: Growing Practices and Food Uses
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Custard apple is a tropical fruit plant. Scientific name of custard apple is Annona reticulata. It belongs to the family Annonaceae. Annona reticulata is also known as ‘the Bullock’s Heart’, bull’s heart, Jamaica apple, and netted custard apple.
Kohlrabi: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information
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KnolKhol is an exotic, temperate, stem-vegetable belonging to Brassica family, i.e. family of cabbage and cauliflower. Scientific name of KnolKhol is Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes. KnolKhol is also known as Kohlrabi or German Turnip or Cabbage Turnip. KnolKhol is mainly grown for its edible, succulent globular-shaped modified stem and associated leaves which are turnip-flavoured.
Amaranth, Arugula and Portulaca: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information
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Amaranth greens are popular leafy greens throughout the world. Several cultivars of amaranth plant are used as leafy vegetables; some are with green leaves, some with greenish-red leaves while others are with red leaves. However, all cultivars are grown only during the summer and the rainy seasons. Scientific name of arugula is Eruca sativa. Arugula belongs to the family Brassicaceae.
Leek, Shallots and Spring Onions
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Leek belongs to the family Amaryllidaceae and genus Allium. Scientific name of leek is Allium porrum. Leek is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region. Leek is a non-bulb forming member of the onion family and biennial in growth habit just like other members of onion family. The blanched stems and leaves of leek are used as a vegetable. It is used in salads, stews and soups.
Growing a Home Gardens
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Gardening may be pursued either as a hobby or as a career. To the modern urban world, gardening is a hobby, a relaxing escape from the pressures of an urban environment. To a vocational gardener, gardening may be an enjoyable vocation. Whatever may be the reason behind the gardening activity, undoubtedly, growing flowers, fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits, provides a great sense of joy.
Cucumbers and Gherkins
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Cucumbers and gherkins are a group of cucurbitaceous vegetables that are mainly used as salad vegetables. Cucumbers are large fruits while gherkins are small fruits. Scientific name of cucumber is Cucumis sativus. Gherkins are known as ‘small cucumbers’ as it belongs to the same family as cucumber and its scientific name is same as that of cucumber i.e. Cucumis sativus, but cultivar is different.
Pumpkins: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information
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Scientific name of common pumpkins, which are rounded with smooth skin and yellow colour, is Cucurbita pepo. Scientific name of large cultivars of pumpkins and squashes (giant pumpkins) is Cucurbita maxima. Scientific name of winter cultivars of pumpkins and squashes is Cucurbita moschata. Pumpkins are actually a group of squash plants, fruits of which may be small-, medium- or large-sized.
Passion Fruit: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information
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Passion fruit is a popular tropical fruit. Scientific name of Passion fruit is Passiflora edulis. It belongs to the family of Passifloraceae. Passion fruit is originated in Brazil. Now, passion fruits are distributed and cultivated in several tropical regions of the world including South Africa, Kenya, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Indonesia, Florida, Sri Lanka, and India.
Brinjals: Growing Practices and Food Uses
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Brinjal or eggplant is scientifically known as Solanum melongena. It is a tropical, perennial vegetable grown for its edible fruits. It is generally grown as a half-hardy annual plant for vegetable purposes. Brinjal fruit is a berry and these berries are used as vegetables. Brinjal is known by different names in different regions. Brinjal is known as ‘eggplant’ in the USA and Australia.
Jasmines
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Jasmines are the only flowers which are demanded on a large scale for their rich fragrance and beauty. Considered as one of the most important flower grown in Indian gardens, various species are cultivated with the purpose of purifying the garden atmosphere with their fragrance. In the commercial markets, Jasmines are demanded for their flower extracts in the form of perfumes, oils, concretes etc.
Lotus and Water Lily: Aquatic Plants for Foods and Flowers
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Water gardening or gardening of ornamental plants in water bodies like ponds and lakes is also called ‘aquatic gardening.’ A garden pond with aquatic ornamental plants is an important feature of a beautiful landscape. Two most popular aquatic ornamental plants grown in garden ponds are lotus and water lily. Both lotus and water lily prefer shallow ponds with a depth not more than half a meter.
Chicory and Endive: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information
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Chicory or common chicory is a popular salad leafy vegetable. Two major types of common chicory are radicchio chicory and Belgian endive or Witloof chicory. Scientific name of common chicory is Cichorium intybus. Endive is a leafy salad vegetable belonging to the genus Cichorium. Scientific name of endive is Cichorium endivia and it belongs to the family Asteraceae, the Daisy family.
Fenugreek and Mustard: Leaves and Seeds as Foods
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Scientific name of fenugreek greens is Trigonella foenum-graecum. It belongs to the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is considered to be a native of Eastern Europe and Ethiopia. It is widely cultivated in India and Mediterranean countries. Common name of fenugreek greens is Greek hay.
Spine Gourd: The Teasle Gourd
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Scientific name of spine gourd or teasle gourd is Momordica dioica. Spine gourd is a cucurbitaceous vegetable which is closely related to bitter gourd. However, it is not bitter in taste as bitter gourd. As in case of other cucurbitaceous vegetables (cucurbits) which mainly include melons and gourds, spine gourd is also grown as a summer vegetable in tropical and subtropical countries.
Organic Crop Production Technology
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According to IFOAM, Organic agriculture is a “production system that sustains the health of soils, eco-systems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. According to FAO, “Organic is a claim on the production process rather than a claim on the product itself”.