1. Vegetable Amaranths are abundantly cultivated in hot humid regions of Africa, Asia, and the Carribean. Amaranthus tricolor L originated in India where a number of domesticated varieties now occur.
  2. The Brassica family is thought to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. The wide, smooth, blue-green leaves of Brassica oleracea var.viridis have a spinach-like flavor and are the highest in nutrients of the dark green, leafy vegetables.
  3. The Broccoli head is made of a cluster of many, dark green buds formed at the end of an edible stalk. The domesticated varieties that are now favorites for humans originally derived from wild cabbage in Asia Minor.
  4. Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable that forms a compact, round head. It is native to southern Europe but can be grown in tropical or semi-tropical areas in cooler highlands where the winters are mild and there is a good supply of moisture.
  5. The Brassica family is thought to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. Selective breeding in China and Japan has resulted in many different varieties. Pak choi grows from a rosette of flattened white stems topped by green leaves.
  6. Turnips have been cultivated in Europe for over 4000 years and are probably native to central and southern Europe. They are now commonly grown and widely adapted as a root crop even in the tropics. The tubers have white or yellow flesh, the tops (greens) are medium green and hairy.
  7. Quailgrass is not a grass; it is a member of the Amaranth family and shares many features with members of the genus Amaranthus such as broad edible leaves with high protein content and flowers and seeds produced in dense spikes. Some members of the genus Celosia are well-known ornamentals called...
  8. Jute is native to Africa where it is widely cultivated in both wet regions of the Sub-Sahara and drier areas of North Africa. This crop is also grown in the Middle East and Asia. In Australia and Egypt it has become a weed.
  9. Malabar Spinachis native to tropical Asia, probably originating in India or Indonesia. Today, it is grown widely in the tropics as a perennial and in warmer temperate regions as an annual. Malabar Spinach plants are green (Basella alba) or purplish (Basella rubra) vines with thick fleshy leaves...
  10. This kale variety originated in the East African plain, particularly Ethiopia, as early as 4000 B.C. where it is still grown primarily as an oil seed crop. It is valuable because it will set seed at warmer tropical temperatures than other Brassicas. In East and southern Africa, young leaves are...