Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

Spinach

One of the most delicious and popular leafy vegetables!

Spinach flavors our dishes and can be eaten raw in salads, or in recipes with pasta, rice, vegetables, meat, cuttlefish and of course…in the well known Greek dishes: spinach pie and spinach rice!

It has a high nutritional value and is rich in vitamins and antioxidants

THE SECRETS OF SPINACH

  • It firstly appeared in China around 700 BC, as a gift to the emperor from the king of Nepal!
  • Belongs to the same family with beets, quinoa and chard
  • Spinach has a high iron content and is thus ideal for patients with anemia
  • Due to its neutral taste, it matches well with all kinds of food!
  • It helps in the good functioning of the intestine and strengthens our immune system

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the spinach you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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Lettuce

Lettuce is used as a synonym for money. We say “is there any lettuce?”, asking whether there is money involved. Also, when we want to describe one who spends money without thinking, we say “he spreads money just like lettuce leaves”.

It is the best known green, fresh vegetable – we eat its big leaves.

Lettuce is eaten raw, alone or in salads, usually matched very well together with spring onion and dill.

In Greece we also eat it cooked in lamb dishes, or in stew during Easter time (called mageritsa).

Lettuce’s secrets

It is a very well known vegetable since ancient times – was used in Greece and several other countries.

It derives from Asia. There are many varieties today, from the simple, common lettuce – what we call romana – there is a French variety, iceberg, lola, Chinese, and other lettuces, that come in various colors, from dark green to red, transforming our salads to colorful dishes.

Lettuce contains a lot of water and small amounts of fiber. Its most important nutrients are vitamin A and potassium. Lettuce is also a source of vitamin C, calcium and iron.

….and lettuce’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the lettuce you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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BROCCOLI

 

It really looks like a tiny tree and is the cauliflower “cousin”!
Broccoli is one of the tastiest and healthiest winter vegetables. It can be eaten
raw or boiled in salads, pickled, in velouté vegetable soups, even “au gratin”!

Having a rich nutritional value it is beneficial for our health and ideal for those
who choose a low calorie diet!

Broccoli’s secrets

  • The name broccoli is Italian, meaning the flowering top of a cabbage.
  • It belongs to the same family as cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels
    sprouts!
  • The green “tree shaped” part we eat is not the broccoli’s fruit, but its
    flower!
  • It’s an Italian vegetable, known since the Roman Empire!
  • One cup of broccoli has as much vitamin C as one orange!

….and broccoli’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and glue this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the broccoli you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!


Cauliflower

One of the most popular vegetables, cauliflower is planted in the summer in order to enjoy it in the winter! We could say that cauliflower is broccoli’s… “cousin”!

It can be eaten in many different ways: raw, combined with other vegetables, boiled as a salad with lemon or vinegar dressing, au gratin, in soups, cooked with tomato sauce or even pickled!

Lately, it is becoming increasingly popular as pizza crust, instead of dough!

It has high nutritional value and plenty of health benefits! It is also perfect for people who are on a weight loss diet, since it has very few calories!

 

Cauliflower’s secrets

  • We eat the white part of it, which is actually the plant’s flower!
  • It comes from Eastern Mediterranean countries, and people also referred to it in ancient Greece and Egypt.
  • It belongs to the same family of broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts!
  • The less we cook it…the better, as it retains higher nutritional value!

….and cauliflower’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the cauliflower you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

 


 

LEEK

 

A very tasty vegetable, complimenting many Greek dishes. The most
distinctive characteristic of the leek is its green and oblong leaves!

It can be sautéed in a pan and consumed plain or paired with bread, or even
in an omelet! It is also included in several Greek dishes cooked with olive oil,
such as spinach – rice, leek – rice, peas or green beans…

Leek is a perfect ingredient for winter soups, tarts and pies – it’s smoothly
combined with minced meat, chicken and bacon!

It is rich in vitamins A, B , C and K and has many health benefits!

 

Leek’s secrets

  • It’s closely related to onions, scallions and garlic
  • It was one of the main components of Egyptian and Mesopotamian diet
    since 2.000 BC, as well as the ancient Greek and Roman diet.
  • Ancient Greeks used leeks as medicine for sore throat. Τhey also
    believed that it made their voices stronger!
  • Leeks are a great source of iron and are beneficial for the heart. Τheir
    juice can lower blood pressure!

….and this is the leek’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the leek you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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Cucumber

….and cucumber’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the cucumber you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!


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TOMATO


….and tomato’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the potato you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!


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CARROT

 

….and carrot’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the carrot you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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BEETROOT

 

 

….and beetroot’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the beetroot you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

 

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 RADISH

….and radish’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the radish you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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POTATO

Fried, roasted or boiled, potatoes are one of the most favorite foods of everyone, young and old!

Plant label: common name Potato



Potatos secrets:

  • It belongs to the same family as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers
  • Its first Greek name was geomilo meaning “apple of the earth”.
  • Potatoes grow underground, in the soil, at the plant’s roots and are called tubers.
  • Potatoes originate from Peru, where they were cultivated before 5.000 BC. In Greece, they were first imported by Ioannis Kapodistrias after the Greek Revolution of 1821

….and potato’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the potato you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!

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PUMPKIN

….and pumpkin’s label!

Click the photo below, adjust its size, print it, use your scissors in order to cut the outline and stick this label on a wooden stick from an ice cream! Then put the stick in the soil next to the pumpkin you planted! This way, you will know which plant it is, especially when you plant and grow different plants at the same time!


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