Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Guess that seedling!
Ever find yourself with a tray of seedlings that you forgot to label and wonder...what are these again? Watch this video to practice your seedling identification skills!

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Learning about Plant Families

You may have noticed while watching "Guess That Seedling" that some seedlings look similar to others. Often this is because plants belong to families, just like humans. And like humans, the plants within those families sometimes look similar! For example, when watching the video I thought the first seedlings might be chives or onions , but they were actually leeks . Leeks , onions , and chives are all part of the Allium family, along with garlic , scallions , and shallots . What else do these plants have in common? Sometimes plants within the same family have seeds and flowers that look alike, and they might even taste similar.

Cucumber Family (Curcubitacae) : Squash, cucumbers, melons, gourds, pumpkins

Onion Family (Allium) : Onion, garlic, shallots, leeks, chives, scallions

Mustard Family (Brassica) : Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collards

Carrot Family (Apiaceae) : Carrots, parsley, fennel, celery, dill, cilantro, parsnip, Queen Anne's lace

Bean Family (Legume) : Peas, beans, peanuts, lentils, clover

Nightshade Family (Solanaceae) : Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes

If you have any of these plants growing in your garden or stored in your refrigerator, take some time to think about how they are similar and how they're different. You can also find pictures in a seed catalog or on the internet, compare pictures of members of these plant families side by side. Do broccoli and kale taste a little similar? Do the leaves of a pea plant resemble clover leaves? Do the flowers of members of the Carrot Family look like Queen Anne's Lace? Is it surprising that potatoes and peppers are related?

More Resources

Slash your trash by joining the Food Waste Challenge ! Learn more on our website and in the MV Times , and email office@igimv.org to sign up

Learn more about plant families with this resource from Nourishing Pursuits

Use this information from Family Food Garden to learn how to use plant family information to rotate crops in your garden

Don't forget to send us your kids cooking videos! They can be emailed to ava@igimv.org .
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Recipe of the Week
Let's celebrate May with a Harvest of the Month Recipe by Chef Gabrielle Chronister!
  • 3 haddock, sea bass or any white flakey fish filets
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh ripe mango, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  1. If using raw fish: Soak the fish in the lemon juice, lime juice, salt and pepper for 30 minutes – 1 hour. Then cut the fish into small 1/2 inch bites.
  2. If using cooked fish: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place fish filets in a lightly oiled baking dish. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and bake for 12-15 minutes until fish is flaky and moist. When fish is done let it cool completely and cut into small 1/2 inch bites. Place remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and toss together with the fish until well combined. Place in refrigerator to marinate until ready to eat. Serve with tortilla chips and sliced avocado and enjoy! 

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