Living: Succulent New Vegetables

The standout this year: a pea with an edible pod

A classic New Yorker cartoon pictured Moppet staring mutinously at Mom over a plate of murky compost. "It's broccoli, dear," says Mom. Says Moppet: ''I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it." There is good news for M. & M. The 1979 garden catalogues piling into mailboxes this spring offer a number of vegetables that look like spinach, taste better than spinach, but are not Spinacia oleracea. Some of them have been imported from the Orient, notably shungiku (Chrysanthemum coronarium) and...

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