Seeds do not only provide us with food to eat, but they represent the future and also allow us to reflect on our history. They are heirlooms, a connection to our ancestors and their stories. In this episode, on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate stories of Asian culture and connection to nature and food through seeds, with YC Miller from Kitazawa Seed Company. YC walks us through the importance of preserving our heritage through seeds and the stories we share and tells us heartwarming stories from Kitazawa customers on how a simple vegetable can carry so much family history and pride. Let's dive in!
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In this episode we learn:[00:49] Have you heard about this MAJOR announcement?[02:34] How YC became the plant person she is today[05:24] How growing food can reconnect us with our heritage[09:56] Maria shares her family’s history with food as Italian immigrants[12:28] How two brothers built Kitazawa Seed Company[14:32] Why preserving seed diversity is an important part of the immigrant experience[17:44] Where and how does Kitazawa source their seed varieties?[22:45] The best potting mixes for your spring garden![24:25] Get your spring garden started with high-quality seeds[26:00] What are the differences between Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino eggplants?[28:05] What does the process of bringing a new seed variety to the market look like for Kitazawa Seed Company?[28:35] Touching stories on food and Asian heritage from Kitazawa’s customers[32:51] Different Asian recipes for bitter melon[36:21] YC’s recommended Kitazawa varieties for starters[38:01] How to grow gourds in your garden[41:00] YC’s current favorite plant to grow and their favorite recipes with it![44:20] Why you need to grow pak choi or bok choy[45:41] Where to get in touch with YC and Kitazawa
Mentioned in our conversation:Kitazawa Seed CoEggplants (Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino)Korean peppersPerilla plantOkinawan bitter gourd or Okinawan bitter melonHerbs (Chinese leeks, Thai basil, bunching onion)Gourds (wax gourds and bottle gourds)Japanese cucumbers
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