Be honest, how often do you walk past the squash section of your local grocery store and assume all those winter gourds are just decorative? When it comes to winter squash, pumpkins are undoubtedly the most popular, with butternut squash and spaghetti squash coming in at close second place. But have you ever given acorn squash a chance?
With a sweet nutty taste not too different from that of a pumpkin, this late-season squash is actually a native plant of New England, Massachusetts to be precise. The squash is much more versatile than the related pumpkins, which tend to be more amenable to pies and other sweet dishes, and is often used as a meat substitute in savory meals, such as ravioli and curries.
We've covered the eggplant (aka aubergine) already this season, but this delicious fruit is a New York staple towards the tail end of the season. This week, expect some fun with your farmshare, as the graffiti eggplant is streaky in appearance but still purple not unlike its more popular "common eggplant".
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.