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UMES Extension offers free Asian vegetable cooking class and workshop

  • Dixit-Asian vegetable cooking classPRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 12, 2021)-Mirroring the change in demographics on Delmarva, there is a growing demand from a diverse group of consumers for ethnic specialty crops that they prefer for dishes with which they are accustomed.  University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is working to help growers meet that demand and to educate consumers new to those crops on their nutritional value and how to enjoy them.

    UMES Extension is offering an Asian vegetable online cooking class August 28 and an on-site workshop for growers and gardening enthusiasts August 21.  Both begin at 10 a.m. and are free, but require advanced registration at www.umes.edu/SANS/Events.  The workshop will be held on the UMES Farm located on College Backbone Road near the Food Science and Technology building.

    “These vegetables are rich in nutrients and are perfect for crop diversification at small farms,” said Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit, an assistant professor of horticulture and UMES Extension specialist.  

    Gail Stephens, agricultural communications and media associate, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, gcstephens@umes.edu, 410-621-3850.

    Photos by Todd Dudek, agricultural communications photographer/videographer, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, tdudek@umes.edu


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    From left, Hema Bhaskaran and Sushma Agarwal
    make Asian dishes for an online cooking class.
     
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    Sushma Agarwal showcases Asian cuisine using 
    bottle gourds and bitter gourds.
     
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    Asian dishes are bottle gourd soup (top left)
    and a stuffed bitter gourd (top right).

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    Asian vegetables from left to right are bitter gourds 
    and bottle gourds.
     
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    UMES horticulturist and Extension specialist 
    Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit is hosting the events.