Names of potatoes – who dreams them up?
Has it ever occurred to you that potatoes mostly have female names: Charlotte, Desirée, Nicola, Victoria, etc. …? Why this should be, no-one knows exactly. Some people maintain that the word "potato" is in many languages a feminine noun; others say – and it's a more charming explanation – that farmers named each newly planted variety after their daughters.
A simple way to cook quinces
Leave the quinces to simmer in a pressure cooker for a few hours. This will make them markedly softer, so that they are much easier to peel and process.
The Jerusalem artichoke – a super-duper tuber
The Jerusalem artichoke – a super-duper tuber Jerusalem artichokes are resistant against cold and frost, and can therefore be harvested all year round.