The bell pepper is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum. Cultivars of the plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as “sweet peppers”. The whitish ribs and seeds inside bell peppers may be consumed, but some people find the taste to be bitter.
Fresh Lime are a small citrus fruit, whose skin and flesh are green in color and which have an oval or round shape with a diameter between one to two inches. This fruit are also used to accent flavors in foods and are a common ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. They are grown year-round in tropical climates and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons.
Taro is a root grown in semi-tropical and tropical climates all over the world. Taro root is used in a similar fashion to a potato, but in fact has better nutritional qualities than a potato and is a strong link to Hawaiian culture. There are hundreds of varieties of taro grown throughout the world in both wetland and dryland conditions. Used as a starchy component of many diets, it’s non-allergenic, easy to digest.
A round, bulbous root vegetable with origins in the Mexican peninsula, jicama (pronounced hee-cama) is part of the legume family and grows on vines. This little-known tuber is grown in the warm climates of Vietnam, where it’s an important as well as extremely versatile food source.
Long Cabbage has probably found a place at your table at one time or another. This is one of the first Asian vegetables to have taken root in Vietnam households. Once considered an exotic ingredient, this cabbage can be found in most well-stocked grocery stores across the Vietnam.
Sweetpotato is an outcrossing hexaploid that is cultivated in the tropics and warm-temperate regions of the world. Sweetpotato has played an important role as a famine-relief crop during its long history and has recently been reevaluated as a health-promoting food.
Yellow onion is a variety of dry onion with a strong flavour. They have a greenish-white, light yellow, or white inside, its layers of papery skin have a yellow-brown or pale golden colour. It is higher in sulphur content than the white onion, which gives it a stronger, more complex flavour.
Young corn ears can be consumed raw, with the cob and silk, but as the plant matures (usually during the summer months), the cob becomes tougher and the silk dries to inedibility. By the end of the growing season, the kernels dry out and become difficult to chew without cooking them tender first in boiling water.