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Fresh Produce: Plants to Add to your Vegetable Garden

by Ragini Salampure
Fresh Produce: Plants to Add to your Vegetable Garden

Those who know that fresh produce has various benefits are more likely to run to that section of the grocery store when fresh produce has just arrived in their stocks. Fresh produce is much more nutritious than vegetables that have been sitting in stores for who knows how long? Additionally, fresh vegetables are tastier! 

What if you planted seeds in your backyard and you can get even fresher produce? There are so many reasons why you should grow your food. You can save money; you’re in control, so you can avoid using pesticides that can be harmful. When you’re gardening, you can get vitamin D and exercise! 

When harvesting these fresh vegetables, you will get a sense of pride that you can’t get from anything else. Plant the five vegetables mentioned below to get the first-hand experience of all its benefits:

  • Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)

You might not know this, but the Cucumis sativus has various colors, not just green. It has white, orange, yellow, and of course, green. A regular cucumber is, as you’ve guessed it, the color green. It has dark green skin with green stripes. Additionally, regular cucumbers have seeds in the middle; they can also be called a seeded cucumber. It is about 15 to 25 centimeters tall in size and shape, and it is uniformly cylindrical.

Some plants like cucumbers come in vine and bush types. Whether your cucumber comes from a bush or a vine, you can expect these delectable morsels to be sweet and juicy. When watering the plant, water it slowly during mornings and early afternoons. Avoid its leaves so that the possible leaf diseases won’t ruin the plant. 

  • Bell Peppers (Capsicum annuum)

Capsicum annuum can also be called sweet peppers. Bell peppers are just like Christmas ornaments because of their variety of colors and how they are shaped beautifully and glossy when touched. It has a wide variety of colors like orange, purple, brown, black, red, green, and yellow. 

When you bite into sweet peppers, it has a crunch that is watery and delightful. They are packed with vitamins A and C and potassium! Athletes add bell peppers to their diet since it is a good source for iron, folate, and fiber. It is also a favorite among individuals who are on a diet because it is low in calories. 

  • Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum

Tomatoes come in a variety of colors: yellow, scarlet, purple, green, and of course, red. The Solanum Lycopersicum has different types in shapes; it includes oval, pear-like. Spherical or elongated. Although it has many varieties, every variety has two cells with tiny seeds surrounded by a jelly-like pulp.

When you water your cucumber in the morning, make sure to add your tomatoes to the list. Water them early in the morning to have enough moisture for the entire day, especially during hot seasons. When you first plant its seeds, water them generously to give them that push to grow. 

Tomatoes have a lot of benefits. Like the other plants mentioned above, it’s also added in meal preparations because it has antioxidant lycopene, numerous health benefits. It can reduce the probability of cancer and reduce heart disease. Additionally, tomatoes have vitamin K. 

  • Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

Zucchinis can also be called courgette. They are long and just like cucumbers; they are cylindrical. The Cucurbita pepo has a dark green stem end that’s slightly smaller. If you want a vegetable that grows fast and you can eat it immediately, zucchinis are for you! After two to seven days of flowering, you can harvest it directly! Its flesh is pale with a mixture of green and white. Its flavor is sweet and delicate. 

You can bake zucchinis; you can sautee them in garlic butter, add them to Korean curry, make patties out of it, and many more! Adding zucchinis to your meal can improve healthy digestion and heart health. Just like the last item, it can improve your vision. 

  • Carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus)

Carrots are a root vegetable – this means that it grows under the ground. Only the leafy green leaves are what you can see from the surface. It has a wide array of colors, from black, red, white, yellow, purple, and orange. You can eat carrots raw; when you do, you’ll experience a crunchy and tasty snack. 

Carrots, you might remember them as the vegetable that your parents used to force you to eat because it improves vision. Well, your parents are right. It does improve vision! It can also help people on a diet and it has low cholesterol levels. 

Takeaway

Indeed, eating vegetables has many benefits. The vegetables mentioned above are easy to take care of, and they are healthy! You can add them to any meals and snacks. Can it get any fresher than simply picking a vegetable right from your garden? What are you waiting for? Add these five plants to your collection now!

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