Each year, non-profit All-America Selections picks the top new varieties of vegetables and flowers of the year, and they’ve announced this year’s winning veggies.
The winners were chosen by professional judges who grew the newly crowned varieties alongside other versions of the same plant that are considered to be the highest quality.
Here’s a list of the AAS’s top veggies of 2018 and some great ideas for how to prepare them with tasty recipes from the Food Monster App!
1. Cayenne Pepper
Red Ember Cayenne Pepper took an AAS award this year. The pepper is quicker to mature than other cayenne peppers, which is important for growing the pepper in climates with a shorter growing season.
2. Habanero Pepper
Roulette Habanero Pepper was a winner for 2018. The pepper is much like other habaneros but with an interesting twist – it doesn’t have the heat of other habanero peppers! The flavor is citrusy without the hot bite of other habaneros.
Even if you can’t get your hands on Roulette habaneros, you can still add the sweet spice of a habanero to your dish! Try making these Sweet Chili Habanero Glazed Cauliflower Wings or this Peach Habanero Hot Sauce.
3. Sweet Corn
American Dream Sweet Corn won an award with its very sweet kernels and quick time to mature.
You can use sweet corn in your own tasty plant-based meals with this Pepper, Onion, and Sweet Corn Open-Faced Sandwich With Smoked Almond Cheese or this Chilled Sweet Corn Soup.
4. Pak Choi
Pak Choi, also known as bok choy, is a type of Chinese cabbage. The AAS describes the winning Asian Delight Pak Choi as having a tender white rib and textured leaves. It also does not bolt, the term for a quick spurt of growth to producing seeds, in the way other pak choi does, leading to a higher harvest.
A number of different tomato varieties won AAS awards for 2018. Chef’s Choice Red Tomato is a wonderfully round variety that can produce a large number of fruits on its vines. Red Racer Cocktail Tomato was found to be small, but packed with flavor, and a good balance between sweet and acidic. Valentine Tomato has an appetizingly red hue and a very sweet taste, and was found to last longer on the vine than other tomatoes.
6. Hungarian Pepper
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