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Taro and Yams: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Taro or colocasia is a popular tropical tuber crop grown for its edible root tubers and succulent, tender shoots and young leaves. Colocasia tubers are used as a staple food and as a vegetable in... More > many countries. Colocasia leaves are used as a tropical leafy vegetable. There are many varieties of colocasia that are cultivated for edible purposes. Tubers of some varieties of colocasia may contain considerable amounts of an acrid compound called calcium oxalate which can be destroyed by proper cooking. Yams are a group of monocot plants, precisely speaking, a group of perennial herbaceous vines grown for their starch-rich, edible tubers. They belong to the family Dioscoreaceae and genus Dioscorea. Yams are widely grown in both temperate and tropical parts of the world and considered as an important food crop in the tropical areas of America, Asia and Africa. Yams are a rich source of carbohydrates. There are white yams, purple yams and yellow yams, depending on the colour of the tuber flesh.< Less
Amorphophallus: The Elephant Foot Yam By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Elephant foot yam is a popular tuber vegetable in tropics and subtropics. It is also known as “white spot giant arum”, “stink lily”, and “sweet yam”. In India, it... More > is known by various names such as Oal, Suran, Zimmikanda/Jimmikand, Kuch.< Less
Collards, Chards and Dandelions: 3 Highly Nutritious Leafy Greens By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Scientific name of collards or collard greens is Brassica oleracea cv. acephala. The name ‘acephala’ means ‘without a head’; that is, this Brassica vegetable is formed of... More > loose leaves unlike cabbage or other Brassica vegetables. It belongs to the genus Brassica and family Brassicaceae, the mustard family. It is believed to be originated in the region comprising of Western Europe, the Mediterranean region and the temperate regions of Asia. Chards or Swiss chards are of two types: Flavescens group and Cicla group. Scientific name of Swiss chard belonging to cicla group is Beta vulgaris var. cicla and that belonging to flavescens group is Beta vulgaris var. flavescens. Swiss chard belongs to the family Chenopodiaceae, the beet leaf family. Swiss chard, a vegetable of temperate climate, is believed to be originated in Mediterranean region. Scientific name of dandelion is Taraxacum officinale. It belongs to the family Asteraceae, the chrysanthemum family. It is a native to Eurasia and North America.< Less
Carrots and Beets: Popular Root Vegetables By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Carrot is a biennial herbaceous plant cultivated for its starchy, edible root tubers. For vegetable purposes, carrot is grown as an annual crop. During the first season of growth, the plant completes... More > vegetative growth and produces edible root tubers; during the next season, the plant completes its reproductive cycle and produces seeds. Scientific name of beets is Beta vulgaris. It belongs to the family Chenopodiaceae. This plant is native to the Mediterranean regions. Though beets are biennial plants, they are grown as an annual crop for food purposes. Beets are grown for both its tender leaves which are used as leafy vegetables and edible roots which are used as root vegetables. Edible roots of beets are called ‘beet roots.’< Less
Fenugreek and Mustard: Leaves and Seeds As Foods By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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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... More > India and Mediterranean countries. Common name of fenugreek greens is Greek hay. Scientific name of mustard greens is Brassica juncea. It belongs to the family Brassicaceae. All members of Brassicaceae are believed to be originated in the region comprising of Western Europe, the Mediterranean region and the temperate regions of Asia.< Less
Aloe Vera: A Medicinal Succulent Plant By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Scientific name of Aloe is Aloe vera. Aloe is an evergreen perennial succulent plant that belongs to the family Liliaceae. Aloe is a hardy perennial plant that is tropical and succulent in habit and... More > can successfully be cultivated in arid climates. Aloe Vera is also known as True (vera means ‘true’) aloe, Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, and Barbados Aloe. It is also called as first-aid plant owing to its healing properties to cure wounds and burns.< Less
Cassava: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Cassava is a tropical tuber crop mainly grown for its edible starchy storage roots. Cassava tubers are an excellent source of carbohydrates and therefore used as a staple food in many African and... More > Asian countries. In these countries, cassava is an important source of food carbohydrates and therefore it is grown as an important cash crop. Cassava tubers are used as a root vegetable also. Tender, young shoots and leaves of cassava plant are used as a leafy vegetable in some countries. Cassava leaves are a good source of protein. Cassava is considered as a ‘Food Security’ crop in times of famine and food insecurity.< Less
Radish, Rutabaga and Turnip: Popular Brassica Root Vegetables By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Radishes are a popular root vegetable of Brassicaceae family and are grown for their fleshy edible tubers, which are actually modified tap roots. Radishes can be grown as annuals or biennials... More > depending upon the growing purposes. For vegetable purposes, it is grown as an annual and for seed production, it is grown as a biennial. Tubers may be eaten raw as a salad vegetable or cooked as a vegetable dish. Just like other Brassica vegetables, radishes are also a powerhouse of nutrients. Rutabagas are neither turnips nor cabbages. It is actually a hybrid between cabbage and turnip. Rutabaga plants are grown for its leaves and roots. Rutabaga roots are used as a root vegetable while Rutabaga greens are used as a leafy vegetable. Rutabagas are one of the most important nutrient-dense foods available today. Rutabaga plants are a crop of temperate climates. Turnip plants are grown for its leaves and roots. Turnip roots are used as a root vegetable while turnip greens are used as a leafy vegetable.< Less
Tomato: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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Tomato plants are suited for growing in a wide range of climates. It can be grown in greenhouses throughout the year. Tomato plants are suitable for hydroponic growing also. Tomato is the one of the... More > most popular and largest cultivated vegetables with variations in size, colour and shape. Size varies from small (tiny tomatoes) to large (plum tomatoes) while shape varies from round, oblong and globe. Tomatoes are available in many colours also such as green, pink, red, yellow, and orange. Tomatoes are also one of the largest canned vegetables. Tomatoes are also known for its highest nutritional value. Tomato is counted among the top 50 nutrient-dense, plant-based foods.< Less
Passion Fruit: Growing Practices and Nutritional Information By AGRIHORTICO eBooks
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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... More > 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. There are two types of passion fruits based on fruit color. These are yellow passion fruits and purple passion fruits.< Less