cabbage family

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Brassica juncea is in the cabbage family Brassicaceae. Commonly known as mustard greens, it is used widely in cuisine across the world, with an emphasis of use in middle eastern and Asian dishes. The leaves, stems and seeds of mustard are edible; the leaves and stems are usually sauteed while the seeds are pressed to produce canola oil and brown mustard. Aside from its culinary uses, mustard also has potential for use in phytoremediation, and has been shown to accumulate high levels of heavy metals including lead.

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Lysichiton americanus, Western Skunk Cabbage. Araceae family.

Aptly named… by Ed
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it stinks! Skunk cabbage Lysichiton americanus 114/365

“Come on Malfoy, I heard you.”

“Nothing happened to you, so clearly I didn’t hit you with anything.”

“No, but I heard you say ‘Cruci-’, and what other spell begins with that?”

Draco considered for a minute. Finally he responded, “Cruciferus.”

“What? What kind of spell is that?”

“Turns your head into a vegetable. Of the cabbage family, usually. In your case, perhaps a Brussels sprout.”

“You – what a liar you are, Malfoy.” Draco could tell that Potter was impressed despite himself.

“Broccoli. Cauliflower.” Draco was beginning to enjoy himself.
—  Abraxan Wings by khalulu

Lovage / Chinese Celery (Levisticum officinale) Seeds

Lovage is a celery- or parsley-like clump-forming perennial vegetable.

Reaching over a metre in height, it’s appealling both in the garden and on the table.

Like all plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae) it attracts beneficial insects for the garden, especially predatory beetles. They often reproduce on umbellifer blossoms.

Their strong aroma makes them idea for companion planting with cabbage-family plants (brassicas) as they can confuse cabbage moths navigating by scent.

All seed packets are shipped free with another order from my shop.

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