Kittley (medicinal egg plant) – Only the size of a very small cherry tomato, the Kittley eggplant is an important medicinal food for many West African cultures.
Bitter Ball (white egg plant) – Our special strain, direct from a Liberian woman living in New York City who provided seeds of her favorite variety, is a large oval white eggplant about the size of a big goose egg.
Habenero (hot pepper) – At more than 300,000 Scoville heat units, the Habenero pepper is one of the hottest in the world. Prized for its searing heat and rich, smokey flavor, it is a favorite among Mexican Hispanics and Africans.
African Hot Pepper Stew recipe (for family of 4-6)Jamaican Red (hot), Yellow (hotter), and Chocolate (hottest! pepper) – Our customers agree that our Jamaican Chocolate pepper is the hottest! Maybe even hotter than our Habaneros! Give them a try, if you dare.
Okra – A standard ingredient in African and Cajun cooking, okra adds a base to soups or can be eaten by itself.
SweetPotato Shoots – Many cultures around the world prize not only the swollen roots of the sweetpotato plant, but the tender young shoots or ‘tips’ and leaves as potherbs/greens. Click here for a fact sheet on the nutritional and medicinal benefits of sweetpotato leaves.
Malabar Spinach – Also known as Ceylon or Vietnamese Spinach with green or red stems, this warm season summer green has a gummy sap like okra and is a good thickener for soups or stews.
Jute leaves – Rich in vitamins, carotinoids, calcium, potassium and dietary fibers, Jute leaves are used as both a vegetable and a traditional herbal medicine in many tropical cultures.
Roselle (Hibiscus) – This member of the Hibiscus family provides food from many parts of the plant. The leaves are eaten in many cultures and as the local names imply – Sour-sour in Africa, Burmese Sour Spinach in southeast Asia, … in South America/Mexico – are quite bitter. In addition to the leaves, the fleshy calyx at the base of the flower is used as a meat substitute in African stews, and the flowers provide coloring and flavor to a popular sweet drink in Mexico.
Amaranth (Callaloo) – One of many leafy greens known as callaloo in the Caribbean, comes in a variety of colors from all green, to reds and purples and variegated. All can be steamed, par-boiled or sauteed like traditional spinach.
Come join us from mid-July through October to pick your own favorites including those above and many more.
Hope to see you soon!
Morris Gbolo's World Crops Farm
330 Tuckahoe Road
Vineland, NJ 08360