Slender and irregularly shaped, parsley root is often double-rooted and resembles a small parsnip. Attached to feathery large parsley leaves, the flavor is somewhere between a carrot and celeriac.
The Purple mangosteen, botanical name Garcinia magostana, simply referred to as mangosteen, is an ultra-tropical slow growing evergreen tree that is cultivated for its edible fruit.
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Maguey plants range in varieties, some large, others small, however all of the varieties produce long, sturdy leaves, bordered with sharp spines. The leaves are a dusty, dark green to gray-green in color. The leaves are best used as wrappers to steam and cook savory foods, imparting a subtle aromatic quality to the dish.
Maguey leaves are available year-round.
The Maguey plant is botanically known as Agave americana and is also commonly known as American agave or the Century Plant. The Maguey plant has provided indigenous residents of Mexico’s highlands with building material, clothing, and culinary applications for centuries. The most common culinary application of this is found in the harvested heart of the plant, when the juice is extracted and then distilled into tequila and mescal. The fibers of the plant may be wound together to make twine, and the ground cooked pulp of the leaves has also been used in many cultural medicinal practices throughout the centuries.