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Why Rye?

What is Rye? Used in bread so prolifically, the rye grain is second only to wheat. It resembles the wheat grain, but is longer, more slender and may be more of a light brown or a greyish-green. It’s the tastiest grain and is usually eaten in a more whole form than it’s cousin wheat as […]

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Olives and Happy Hearts

Olive Oyl or Olive Oil? We’re not talking about Popeye’s sweetheart Olive Oyl, but the delicious fruit of the olive tree. Yep, technically olives are considered a fruit, although we often refer to them as a vegetable. Green and black olives are actually the same fruit, but are picked at different points in their development. […]

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The Pistachio: Heart-Healthy Nuts

What are Pistachios? Similar to mangoes, the pistachio is a member of the cashew family. Although now grown in California, it originates from the Middle East and is native to Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the Caucausus Mountains (southern Afghanistan and Russia). It’s the seed of a very hardy tree that grows in dry, stoney, nutrient-poor […]

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Garlic: The Magic Pill?

What is Garlic? A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. –Yiddish proverb The Stinking Rose or Russian penicillin, as garlic is also called, is a member of the lily family. The bulb, which grows underground, is the most used part of the plant, but the leaves, called […]

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Broccoli Takes a Bat at Breast Cancer

What is Broccoli? Broccoli is part of the cruciferous (cabbage) family of vegetables. The most common type you see in the UK and the United States is the Calabrese, or Italian green. When speaking about broccoli, we include broccolini, which is a mix of broccoli and kale; the broccoflower, which is a mix of broccoli and cauliflower, and broccoli […]

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Two Peas in a Pod

When you have two people that are similar, we say, “Those two are just like two peas in a pod!”. I have that with my BFF and I’d like to think that a lot of the vegetables we’re talking about are also very similar to each other. Some good examples include turmeric and ginger, which both have […]

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Coriander: You Love it or You Hate it

What is Coriander? Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is both a herb and a spice (as both leaves and seeds are used) that causes much contention. If you come from the US, you may call the leaves cilantro and the seeds coriander, but in Europe, the entire plant is called coriander. The seeds tend to taste fragrantly of sage […]

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Free Introduction to Fermentation

Since 2014, we’ve been offering a free introduction to fermentation so you can get over the fear of the bubbling jars (kidding!). You’ll receive the basics of how to ferment foods and the health benefits at the same time as meeting some lovely people. In November we made sauerkraut and in December it was kombucha, […]