The bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is a type of cucurbit (pumpkin and melon family) widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Also known in English as bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, it grows as a vine and has several varieties which differ in shape, skin texture and bitterness of the fruit.
The insalata grika is a salad typical of the griko culinary tradition of the Salentine peninsula in Puglia, Italy. The griko villages of the Salento have strong historical links to Greek culture and a local dialect based on Greek was spoken in the area for centuries.
Mention fava beans and it soon becomes clear that people either love them or hate them, the statistics being about 50-50 in my experience. But fava beans (also known as broad beans) are a valuable addition to any organic garden and diet, so it is worth experimenting to find appealing ways of preparing them.
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a hardy flowering plant cultivated for its edible green seed pods. A popular vegetable in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions throughout the world, it is also known as bhindi (South Asia), bamia (Middle East), and gumbo (Southern US and Caribbean).
Portulaca oleracea is a fleshy ground-hugging plant commonly found throughout arid regions of the world including Australia, North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. This widespread distribution is generally assumed to be the result of human activity.
La cucina povera refers to a traditional Italian home-based cuisine, mainly based mainly vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains. The term literally means poor or peasant cuisine.
The Prickly Pear (Fico d’India in Italian) is a popular seasonal fruit in many Mediterranean countries including Italy, Malta, Morocco and Palestine. This dish is based on a traditional Sicilian recipe.