Thursday, July 24, 2014

CSA Farm Share Week 9

Hello Everyone,

This week you will find in your shares:

Sat. July 26
  • Carrots
  • Green Pepper
  • Squash
  • Cucumber
  • Potato
  • Garlic
Tue. July 29
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Green Pepper
  • Onions 
  • Green Beans (romano variety)
  • Parsley
Vegetable Spotlight - Pepper

Peppers are native to central and south america, and were carried to Spain in the late 1400’s.  They were actually mis-named by Christopher Columbus.  At that time peppercorns, the fruit of an unrelated plant originating from India, Piper nigrum, was a highly prized condiment; the name "pepper" was at that time applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste and so naturally extended to the newly discovered Capsicum genus

They are members of the Solanaceae, or “nightshade” family, which is an important family of plants that includes: potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant.  Bell peppers are members of the Capsicum genus, but contain no capsaicin(the thing that makes hot peppers hot).  

Some other important members of Solanaceae include a number of ornamental plants such as Petunia, Browallia and Lycianthes, the source of psychoactive alkaloids, Datura, Mandragora (mandrake), and deadly nightshade.

With the exception of tobacco (Nicotianoideae) and petunia (Petunioideae), most of the economically important genera are contained in the subfamily Solanoidea.


Working on it, we'll have some up by the weekend.

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