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Post  plantoid on 12/8/2011, 11:26 am


Because of the differences in language of English and American english will a few of you please put up a few pictures for me so I know what your talking about.

Pictures I'm after are those of the American names for :-

Beets, turnips , swisschard , sprouts , bell peppers & your lettuces .

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Post  boffer on 12/8/2011, 12:20 pm

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Post  boffer on 12/8/2011, 12:24 pm

9 pages of lettuce pictures from the same company
http://www.territorialseed.com/prod_detail_list/s?keyword=lettuce
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Post  plantoid on 12/8/2011, 1:13 pm

thanks Boffer,
I like the white and gold beets.. we tend to refer to the dark red beets as beet root .

I was wondering about things when some of the USA guys & gals said they eat the beet leaves thinking they might have meant swisschard which we also know as leaf beet & seakale ( far too an earthy a taste for me but it may alter flavours when grown in Mel's Mix ) .

The lettuces look similar to ours , we also have a dark blood red curly leafed lettuce called Lolo Rosso it has a slightly stronger bitter taste than most others and is very good in a mixed lettuce salad bowl.

Do you have Iceberg Lettuces... a light greeen almost yellow solid ball of crisp full of water leaves when fresh ?
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Post  boffer on 12/8/2011, 1:47 pm



This is what our iceburg looks like. I had intended to say that iceburg's popularity is decreasing because of minimal nutritional value, but as I was looking for a picture, I found an iceburg history lesson.

It used to be that iceburg was nearly exclusively popular with city dwellers because it was the only lettuce that could handle being iced down for transport from large farms to the cities. This is before refrigerated containers. In fact, it was named for it's ability to handle the packing ice. These days, iceburg has lost popularity because of all the other options available, and because the darker leaf greens are a little bit more nutritious. It also said that few other lettuces can match the delicious crispness of iceburg. So the best of both worlds is a 1/2 iceburg and 1/2 dark leaf salad to get the crunch and all the vitamins and minerals.

A lot of folks on the forum prefer to grow leaf greens because they are more productive for a given space.



yes, some folks really like red beet leaves; it's best to get them young.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 12/8/2011, 2:31 pm

When I have grown beets I take the greens and give the beets to grandma. Beets for some reason are one of the very few foods I just can't aquire a taste for. I have tried, but just can't. The only way I like them are sliced up thin and deep fried like potato chips, sprinkled with S&P. I love the greens tho! And it is somewhat depressing that I don't like them because I seem to be able to grow them pretty darn good. If I could swap that luck out with tomatoes, I would be a happy camper.Very Happy

I love all types of lettuce, but sometimes there is just nothing better than a nice fresh salad made with Iceburg! But like boffer said, our family doesn't do Iceburg very often mostly because of all the other varieties out there that seem to have more to offer.
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Post  ashort on 12/8/2011, 2:35 pm

boffer wrote:

This is what our iceburg looks like. I had intended to say that iceburg's popularity is decreasing because of minimal nutritional value, but as I was looking for a picture, I found an iceburg history lesson.

It used to be that iceburg was nearly exclusively popular with city dwellers because it was the only lettuce that could handle being iced down for transport from large farms to the cities. This is before refrigerated containers. In fact, it was named for it's ability to handle the packing ice. These days, iceburg has lost popularity because of all the other options available, and because the darker leaf greens are a little bit more nutritious. It also said that few other lettuces can match the delicious crispness of iceburg. So the best of both worlds is a 1/2 iceburg and 1/2 dark leaf salad to get the crunch and all the vitamins and minerals.

A lot of folks on the forum prefer to grow leaf greens because they are more productive for a given space.



yes, some folks really like red beet leaves; it's best to get them young.

Hello - East of Eden had the story in it...

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Post  plantoid on 12/8/2011, 3:11 pm

Over here the Iceberg stuff is grown hydroponically by the acre in massive purpose built glass houses on rail systems .

Like has been said , it does not have much flavour even though it is supposed to be produced in /on optimum growth solutions . I think they mean optimum solutions to get phenominal growth in the shortest time.

I'm told that unless you are a registered iceberg grower it is nigh impossible to get seed for them is this the same for you guys? .
I wonder what they would taste like if grown on decent well manured & watered soil or mel's mix ?
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Post  janezee on 12/8/2011, 6:00 pm

I wonder the same thing. It seems that iceberg tasted much better back before hydroponics. It was greener, for sure.
We can get seeds here.
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Post  camprn on 12/8/2011, 6:32 pm

plantoid wrote:
Because of the differences in language of English and American english will a few of you please put up a few pictures for me so I know what your talking about.

Pictures I'm after are those of the American names for :-

Beets, turnips , swisschard , sprouts , bell peppers & your lettuces .

Thanks
David .
Howdy!
Chard is in the same family as beet and is delicious. very cold tolerant.
http://myfolia.com/plants/search?query=Chard


Turnip
neeps


Bell Pepper

Sweet, has no heat.


Mesculin Mix lettuces



I prefer alfalfa sprouts



and of course the perennial favourite, I eat both the root and the greens.
Beet
These are some I grew last year.
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my beets

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Post  southern gardener on 12/8/2011, 7:05 pm

camprn.........those beets are beautiful!! hoping mine turn out like that!!
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Post  camprn on 12/8/2011, 7:13 pm

southern gardener wrote:camprn.........those beets are beautiful!! hoping mine turn out like that!!
Thanks!! Very Happy
Last year (2010) was a great beet year. Last season (2011) I got foliage, which was yummy! but no roots.

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Post  Chopper on 12/8/2011, 9:44 pm

Swiss chard is a beet plant with no roots essentially as I understand it. Therefore beet greens and swiss chard are very similar. And you can pick beet greens as the plant grows - best when young and tender. I prefer beets to greens and have grown swiss chard but not a big greens person except for lettuce spinach.

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Post  madnicmom on 12/9/2011, 6:21 am

I love threads like this one. Very educational from a gardening standpoint and from a cultural standpoint. I didn't know you could eat the foliage of beets. LOL. I"m not a beet eater but they are in my garden for my dad , who loves them. I don't even remember my eating the leaves either.
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Post  Goosegirl on 12/9/2011, 7:38 am

I was just reading about Swiss Chard in my Baker Creek catalog - I have been convinced to try it! I had only greens on my beets - the few that did actually germinate - so I will go with Chard this coming season and see if I can get Hubby to give it a try.

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Post  walshevak on 12/9/2011, 9:20 am

Chopper wrote:Swiss chard is a beet plant with no roots essentially as I understand it. Therefore beet greens and swiss chard are very similar. And you can pick beet greens as the plant grows - best when young and tender. I prefer beets to greens and have grown swiss chard but not a big greens person except for lettuce spinach.



What we learn on this forum. I always liked the beet greens and will only eat beet roots if pickled. Now I know why I like chard which I had for the first time in 2002 from a pack of mixed salad seeds. The chard is the only thing that really produced.



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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 12/10/2011, 12:46 am

I love spinach and chard (and now am going to have to try beet greens) bounce , however, a word of warning that if you are prone to the calcium oxalate kind of kidney stones, you may want to check with your doctor about the appropriate amount of chard, spinach, rhubarb, beets, okra, soy and sweet potatoes that you should safely eat because they are oxalate-rich.

Article from mayo clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kidney-stones/DS00282/DSECTION=prevention
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Post  plantoid on 12/14/2011, 4:18 pm

I have only eaten the swiss chard leaves lightly steamed with a small knowb of butter on afterwards. I found them a very earthy taste similar to fresh boiled beet root that is eaten hot & thick sliced as soon as the skin is squeezed off them .

Beet root changes taste when boiled till tender , skinned when hot/ rather warm and left to cool in cold water then washed off and eaten the next day with a shake of lo - salt and a smidgeon of fine ground white pepper .. eat it with a decent hard cheese .
You can also boil them till tender then leave them to cool right down and skin them .

Over here it is nigh on a hanging offence to cut the tops off beet root at the bulbous part of the crop .that are going into the pot for boiling , you should twist off the tops instead , this is supposed to keep the colour and flavour in them . Any really long roots need to be sniped off at one inch long.
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Post  camprn on 12/14/2011, 6:19 pm

I like eating chard or beet greens steamed , with Newman's Own family style Italian dressing What a Face or with just a bit of cider vinegar and salt.

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Post  llama momma on 12/14/2011, 6:30 pm

Swiss chard lighly steamed then toss with minced garlic heated in 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 butter. A little ol Italian man told me this was the best way to eat it, and wow, I believe he was right Laughing
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