Beets

Beets

Beets are a unique vegetable as both the root and leaves are typically consumed. They originated in North Africa, and along Asian and European seashores. Cultivated by the Romans, beets were spread throughout the eastern hemisphere by invading tribes. Perhaps one of...
Endive – Healing Food Facts

Endive – Healing Food Facts

Endive is a chicory green that is today, much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Although its recognition is growing, it is still largely under valued. Endive is a member of the Compositae family, along with artichokes, dandelions, and lettuce. Chicory...
Thyme

Thyme

Thyme is a small evergreen shrub and member of the mint family. Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme has been utilized since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic, and medicinal properties. In ancient Greece, thyme was burned as incense during sacred...
Prunes

Prunes

Prunes, or dried plums, originated near the Caspian Sea – the same area where European plums originated. As people migrated, so did prunes throughout Europe and eventually to the New World. Today, California is the world’s leading producer of prunes. To produce...
Chocolate

Chocolate

At the center of chocolate’s health benefits are flavonoids. These plant pigments are responsible for many of the health benefits of many fruits and medicinal plants, but chocolate may be a much more sensually pleasing vehicle. In addition, there is evidence that not...
Cashews

Cashews

One of the most beloved nuts is by far the cashew. This kidney-shaped nut is a relative of the mango and pistachio as a member of the anacardiaceae family. Cashews are actually seeds attached to the bottom of a cashew apple. Encased in a toxic shell, cashews are...

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