Tag - vegetables

The science of vegetables (and for that matter fruits), is more extensive than you might think. What about?:

  • The chemistry of its colours
  • The unique texture
  • The bitterness of a product like Brussel sprouts
  • The spiciness of peppers
  • The role of zucchini in a cake (in a chocolate cake to be precise)
  • Why it can be hard to soften an eggplant
  • How smart packaging can extend the shelf life of vegetables without any added ingredients
  • The fact that vegetables respire, even after harvest
  • Or the popping of popcorn (did you know not everyone corn can pop?)

Or continue reading for a lot of other interesting topics.

eggplant from the oven with pomegranate and buttermilk dip

Cooking Eggplant & Eggplant Science

Some vegetables can be thrown in boiling water, scooped out after a couple of minutes and just taste good by themselves (e.g. Brussel sprouts!). Others need a little frying in a frying pan and they’re good to go...

peas (kapucijners)

Respiration of fruits and vegetables

After harvest, fruits and vegetables continue to ‘live’. The respiration of fruits and vegetables keeps on going until all supplies have been depleted. For keeping fruits and vegetables fresh it is essential...

getting ready to make stovetop popcorn

Stovetop popcorn & difference between sweet and popcorn corn

Updated: 16-Feb-2017 Popcorn = cinema = not made at home. At least, that’s how I used to think about popcorn. That changed when I discovered microwave popcorn and changed even more when I realized it’s also...

freshly popped popcorn

Why does popcorn pop? – Exploring the science of popcorn

Updated: 16-Feb-2017 Just the other day, when making stovetop popcorn at home, I was listening to the popping sounds of kernels transforming into fluffy popcorn. It got me thinking: why does popcorn pop? How do these...

grilling green paprika

Grilling vegetables – why & how

Grilling vegetables is one of my favorite ways for preparing a whole range of vegetables, any time I’m out of inspiration or just want something simple. Grilling vegetables is really very easy and all you need is...