The only thing I don’t like about butternut squash is the “peeling part” It takes me so long to do it. What do you use to peel butternut squash and how long does it take you? I have one large butternut squash in my pantry right now. I bought it one week ago, and I keep postponing cooking it, because I have to peel it. I roasted this one sometime last year. It was delicous. Today is a lovely sunny day? How can I complain?? Have a pleasant week! Continue reading
This pastry is used to make sweet pies like apple pie, lemon tart and others. It has the characteristic melt-in-the-mouth texture and rich flavour. Continue reading
Solanum tuberosum L.
How Many Species of Potatoes Worldwide?
Potato is a member of tomato or eggplant family, Solanaceae. The species is indigenous to the Andes region (Peru, Bolivia, Equador, Chile, and Colombia) where some closely related species are cultivated. In total there are about eight or nine cultivated potato species, but the major species grown worldwide is Solanum tuberosum (a tetraploid with 48 chromosomes).
Following centuries of selective breeding there are now over 5000 different cultivars of potatoes worldwide, 3000 in the Andes region alone. Potatoes can be divided into four major Cultivar Groups, namely, the Russets, reds, whites and yellows (also called Yukons). The part of the plant used is the swollen underground stem known as the tuber. It stores surplus carbohydrates to feed the leafy green areas of the plant. Continue reading