Cartoons are meant to be informative. We know a nutritious and healthy spinach is crunchy because that is what Popeye taught us. If the person sitting next to you cannot hear you chewing it, then it is not healthy or crunchy enough.
Like the carrot, the kale should hold its weight when held from the tip. Do not get alarmed if it feels hardy and pale. Be on the lookout for worms and aphids that may poke holes into your kale leaves. A healthy kale leaf that is ready for harvest should be as big as your hand. Different varieties may have spread out leaves, but the Vates may have curvy blue-green leaves.
They should be firm to the touch. A healthy potato should not feel soft like a fiber pillow. Do not focus too much on the size. Different varieties come in various sizes. The Yukon Gold can be smaller, compared to the Norland Red and Russet. Ensure you harvest the potatoes when the soil is warm. Cold and wet soils may have an adverse effect on the potatoes.
Carrots should have a bright orange color and are also firm to the touch. The skin should be smooth, and when held by the tip, they should stand upright. Big does not always mean healthy. Cracks or sunburns – the green coloring at the top – say your carrots are not as healthy as you would wish. Plants need to be attended to, whether on a large plot or in your small garden. Water, sunlight and regular pruning are critical.
You need to be the farmer who will redefine spice hunting. What makes coriander good for your food, apart from the nutrients, is the aroma. This fresh smell should be evident from the very beginning. The leaves should be fine on your fingertips, with no discolorations.