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).
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 [...]
Squat like a tomato, fuyu persimmons may be consumed when still very firm and remain edible even when very soft. Though it lacks a core, seeds, and tannins, fuyu parsimmons contain significant amounts of fiber and vitamin A.
Delicata squash is most commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sautéed or steamed. It may be stuffed with meat or vegetable mixtures and is known for its ease of cooking and creamy flavor and texture. Once a very rare squash (after the Great Depression), thanks to a group at Cornell University's Department of Plant Breeding, [...]
Organic cauliflower is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and pairs well with broccoli (another cruciferous vegetable) or works as a substitute for broccoli. Many people on a strict 'paleo' or vegan diet will even use it as a substitute for rice and/or potatoes. Extremely versatile, many pizza restaurants use it for their crusts. Whether you [...]
The raw flesh of the carnival acorn squash is dry, firm, and orange in color with a large seed cavity. When cooked its texture is soft and melting with a fragrant aroma and its flavor; buttery, sweet, and nutty with slight nuances of maple syrup, similar to that of butternut squash.