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By Charity Shumway |

Let’s Talk Tomatillos

(image) Plenty of fruits and vegetables have wonderfully evocative names. Gooseberries (I pucker just saying it); bok choy (don’t you just want to slice it in the air like a Fruit Ninja?); aubergines (so sophisticated). But of all the fruit and vegetable names, none strike me as more fun than: tomatillo. Just say it! ┬áTOMATILLO. [Read more]

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By Charity Shumway |

The Beauty of a Blueberry Bush

image In one of my night classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the summer sun setting, the hot day finally cooling into purple evening, we stopped to look at a beautiful sourwood tree, its innumerable┬ástrands of white flowers outlined in wispy arcs against the sky. That’s when our instructor, one of the garden’s arborists, said [Read more]

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By Charity Shumway |

Spring Sneaks Onto My Terrace

Right now, my terrace is a vision of windswept desolation. The plants have been drab, brown-grey for months now, the blooms and vines of 2012 blown into tangles and dried into rattling husks.  The only big excitement for the last long while has been when the gusts get so strong that the trees tip over, [Read more]

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The Stranger Squashes

When it comes to winter squash, you have the usual suspects: butternut and acorn squash. And oh, the mileage you can get with those two. The soups, the sides, the stir-fries, the pies…. They’re wonders! BUT, they’re also just the beginning of story. There’s a whole world of stranger squash. Let’s tour a few of [Read more]

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