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Posted January 7, 2019 | 11:29 AM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Asian Fusion Vegetables

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. In this feature we discuss a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

Fun fact:

More than 20 vegetables are grown in Florida that can be used in Asian fusion recipes. They contribute to the diversity of crops grown in the state, and bolster the nutritional food supply.

When are the fresh vegetables available at local groceries and farm stands?

Generally, November through February for cabbages and other Asian fusion vegetables; November through May for Bok choy; and May through June for eggplant.

What types of vegetables are grown commercially here?

Cabbages, eggplant, bok choy, taro, long bean, long gourd, bitter melon, herbs such as basil and lemon grass, and other vegetables.

Where are the vegetables most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

South County.

Recipe: Chinese braised beef with bok choy

More information about the local crops

Photo: Bok choy is among Asian fusion vegetables grown in South Hillsborough County.

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