The 'Adirondack Blue' is a potato variety bred botanists (Robert Plaisted, Ken Paddock, and Walter De Jong) up at Cornell University in 2003, making them as New York as a potato can ever claim to be.
Bell peppers, also known as capsicums in many places formerly colonized by Britain, but not to be confused with sweet peppers - a less pungent variety of the capsicum annuum species. The name “pepper” is in fact a misnomer attributed to Christopher Columbus, who wrongfully labeled them as pepper when he brought the capsicum seeds to Europe from their native Central American environment.
Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family, which means they technically belong to the same botanical family as melons and squashes. Though melons and squashes all have a range of good nutrients, this particular gourd doesn’t have as much to offer nutritionally and is mainly known for its low calorie and hydrating properties.
So small and cute, grape tomatoes make the perfect snack. These tiny fruit are believed to be of southeast Asian origin, shaped similarly to the oval plum tomatoes but having the small size and sweetness of cherry tomatoes. Don’t be fooled by their size though, they pack a powerful punch in the nutrient department.
Known as aubergines to many foreigners, the eggplant is a delicate, tropical perennial fruit (not vegetable!). Different varieties of the plant produce fruit of different size, shape, and color - though typically dark purple it is not uncommon to find white or even green eggplants. The raw fruit can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor.