Cauliflower, new potatoes, carrots and turnips would arrive in the market at a high price. As they became more plentiful, the price would plummet and then, as supplies started to dwindle, the price would shoot up.
One of the vegetables that I was introduced to in Australia, having never seen it in England, was Silverbeet. This spinach-like vegetable has a broad stalk bearing the leaves and this is almost silver in colour. The whole leaf and stem are chopped and cooked as for spinach. It had a very nice taste.
It is sometimes known as Swiss Chard, but when buying the vegetable under that name in England, I found that it was somewhat different. Living now in France, I find that we can grow it and enjoy “Silverbeet”.
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