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Florida Food Pioneer: Bertha Palmer Experiments with Chayote & Other Winter Vegetables

"Palmer ordered a great variety of flower, fruit and vegetable plants and seeds from nurseries across the country, sometimes seeking out unusual kinds to try on her Florida properties.

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry in Brooksville, she obtained two boxes of sprouted chayote’s. Along with instructions for planting the squash-related vegetable that is native to Central America, she kept recipes that varied from chayote soup to chayote custard pie.

Palmer placed her name on a list of those wishing to receive samples of new plants being introduced by the Agriculture Department. At times her inquiries regarding the best varieties to grow in south Florida resulted in the response, “We do not know, “so she experimented.” ¬†Continue reading here.¬†


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