Adding Value to Vegetables

Adding that extra “umph” to your vegetables before selling them might help you sell more.

Dutch Squash

Although the taxonomy of squash confuses me sometimes, I can still figure out which squash flourishes in my little area.

Wild Fennel

Wild fennel is available in most Italian markets.

Ornamental Kale

This colorful kale is striking when mixed into a garden.

husk cherry tomatoes

Husk Tomatoes

Husk tomatoes are basically a wild species — and they’re easy to grow.

Fig Trees

Although a bit difficult to completely understand, figs are actually quite easy to grow.


I remember the exact moment when I learned how peanuts grow. When I was 19, I left my university for a while and went down to Mexico, eventually landing a job in Mexico City, selling encyclopedias door-to-door. I didn’t actually speak Spanish at the time, but pretending to follow along in a conversation was possible […]

Cubanelle Peppers

Photo by Rick Gush Fortunately, my favorite peppers grow more abundantly in Italy than my former U.S. home. Some of my favorite peppers in the garden now are friggitelli, which are the same as the cubanelle peppers I used to grow in California. In California, these were an oddity, but here in Italy, they are […]

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