Verdant Kitchen is a gourmet and wellness company focused on the ginger and turmeric family of spices. Crafting artisan foods and beverages using the highest quality ingredients, they are located in the coastal town of Savannah, Georgia. These spices have been at the intersection of gourmet and wellness for millennia. Enjoy Ginger Syrup, crystalized Ginger, Bare [...]
Not to be mistaken for a tomato, the astringent, self-pollinating persimmon tree that produces a yellowish-orange, sweet fruit is often known as "Saijo". Common to Korea and Japan, its roots actually go back to ancient China. The fruit has few seeds making it ideal for eating fresh of the tree. In mid-autumn, the persimmons ripen [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]