Collard Greens & Papaya
COLLARD GREENS: This leafy green vegetable is part of the cruciferous vegetable group among cabbage, cauliflower and kale. Collard Greens have deep associations with the American South but have been cultivated throughout history and across the globe from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to present day Ethiopia. For more on these crunchy vegetable read Glory Food's article on the Origin of Collard Greens.
PAPAYA: The Papaya plant grows delicious fruits not from a tree, but technically a giant herb! These tropical fruits are grown mainly in mexico and can only be grown in the United States in Florida and Hawaii. The black seeds on the inside of the papaya are edible and have a spicy, peppery taste: let kids try them, too as another tasting experience!
Veggie Passport is an educational tasting experiment targeted for elementary-aged children that can involve the whole family! The basic concept is to empower kids to inquisitively try new fruits and vegetables and encourage parents to try preparing these veggies in creative ways. Try the vegetable with the mind of a scientist then appreciate how it can be transformed with the mind of a chef!