THE LONG DARK AGES FOR SALAD

May is National Salad Month in the United States. It’s great that we can celebrate the rise in popularity of these delicious creations. Almost everyone today recognizes the health benefits of salads made with fresh greens and other veggies. But for nearly two millennia that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, the prevailing wisdom…

If You Think Celery is Boring, Think Again!

March is National Celery Month and so we take time to highlight this vegetable that seems so utilitarian but was once a symbol of wealth for the likes of the Astors and Vanderbilts. It was prized throughout history, from the ancient world through the Renaissance and into the Industrial Revolution. You may very well consider…

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Fruit: The Cherimoya

With it’s perfect heart shape, deliciously creamy texture, sweet tropical flavors and its rumored aphrodisiac effects, this South American native fruit is sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day menu. A great alternative, or better yet, companion to the Valentine’s Day all star, the strawberry. Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and as much…

The Reigning Super Bowl Star Not Named Tom Brady: The Avocado

One Hundred Million. That’s the enormous number associated with the Super Bowl, America’s yearly ritual with its favorite sport, football. Yes, that is the number of people watching (plus about 20 million more) but it’s also the number of pounds of avocados that the viewers eat during the game (plus about 30 million more). How…

Smooth As Butter, Sweet As A Nut

This week we highlight one of the newest veggies to be developed that is a staple of the grocery produce rack, the butternut squash. This wintertime favorite, with its weird shape, looks like it’s a fun-house-mirror reflection of it’s not so distant cousin, the pumpkin. It’s long neck and bulbous bottom couldn’t have been better designed by an animator for a Disney cartoon. Even though its look is a bit comical, we think it is still a beautiful site because of its delicious flavor. The name suggests it and its creator said it was named that because its taste was “smooth as butter and sweet as a nut.”

A Sweet Potato By Any Other Name…

Produce Buzz Veggie of the Week: Sweet Potatoes. A tropical tuber’s name causes confusion for many of us, but one of its original names might be a clue to a historical puzzle. Wintertime is a perfect time to indulge in the vast array of root vegetables that are available when many other fruits and veggies…

The Orange So Nice They Named It Twice!

Produce Buzz Fruit/Veggie of the Week: Cara Cara Oranges Probably one of the few things that is really, really awesome about winter time is the marvelous variety of delicious citrus fruits that are in season, plentiful and inexpensive. There is nothing like a fresh cut orange adorning your breakfast plate, ready to explode with flavor…

The Multi-Eyed, No Horn, Non Flying, Purple Cancer Eater

“When you eat from the rainbow…,” Vanamala says, “we are not providing just one compound, we are providing a wide variety of compounds, thousands of them, that work on multiple pathways and causes self destruction of cancer stem cells.”

How Many Veggies a Day to Keep the Grim Reaper Away?

Is it three, four, five or ten servings of fresh fruit and veggies a day to ensure a longer life? Researchers seem to conflict with their findings but when you actually add it up, it’s pretty much the same.