Similar to blackeye peas in shape and size, in addition to their prominent purple spot, these peas have a wide array of culinary uses. A warm annual crop that doesn't abide well by frost, these peas are well known for their uses in the warmer, sunnier climate of the deep south. Having more folate than [...]
Sweet, petite, juicy, smooth-skinned...these are just some of the adjectives that describe the organic tokyo white turnip. Whether you're a raw foodist or believe in eating the whole plant, these bite-sized turnips can deliver. Turnips are a cousin to cabbage, and boast two phytochemicals, indoles and sulforaphane, that may help fight or prevent cancer. They [...]
Ingredients One 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries (organic is best) ½ cup honey or maple syrup ½ cup water Zest of 1 medium orange, preferably organic (about 1 teaspoon) Optional add-ins: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and/or ¼ cup fresh orange juice Instructions First, rinse the cranberries well and drain off excess water. Pick through the [...]
Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories. The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure. Fall and Winter are great seasons for getting yourself a handful or two, and whether it's a [...]
An exotic fruit native to the Middle East, discover the delicious flavor and powerful health benefits that the pomegranate is loved for! Pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses (pomegranate juice that has been reduced down, with or without sugar, to a thick, intensely flavored syrup), and even freeze dried pomegranate have all been shown to have health benefits.
Starfruit (also known as carambola) is a tropical fruit whose trees are native to India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Low in calories, it is also packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Low in sugar and sodium, it is also a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants. The taste of starfruit is sweet [...]
Jams, jellies, and even pickles -these are some of the ways you can use dried roselle hibiscus leaves. A good source of polyphenolic and flavanoid compounds (think quercetin and kaempferol, to name a couple), there is more to roselle hibiscus than its aesthetic quality. Many people in the Caribbean use roselle hibiscus leaves as a seasonal [...]
Whether you're chewing it to extract the juice, looking to make rock candy, or considering making a syrup, molasses, or some kind of spirit, there are many -sometimes even surprising- uses for sugarcane -a grass native to the tropics and confined to being grown primarily in certain Southern states (such as Florida).
Ingredients 2-3 lbs delicata squash (about 2 average sized squash) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons brown sugar salt and pepper to taste 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or more to taste cooking spray Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Halve the delicata squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the [...]
The parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to the carrot and parsley. Though it is usually cooked, it can in fact be eaten raw. This plant was introduced to North America simultaneously by the French colonists in Canada and the British in the Thirteen Colonies for use as a root vegetable, but in the mid-19th [...]