Did you know that the eggplant, known as an aubergine in France and England, is not a vegetable, but is a berry of the nightshade family (Solanaceae)? Interesting, isn’t it?
Please make sure all your dairy products come from grass-fed animals. Not only for the animals’ sake, but so you get more nutritional bang for your buck. Grass-fed=more CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which helps prevent belly fat. ...Read More
Growing up, mushrooms were mushrooms. There was only one kind in the store: small and round, bland and boring. Button mushrooms, they were called. Or champignons, if you wanted to sound classy. A lot of people liked them, but nobody loved them. Nutritionally, they provided minor amounts of protein and fiber, vitamins and minerals. But nothing special.
So today, it’s a pleasure to see all these upstart growers bringing new varieties to market, varieties that emerge from the dark in which they’re grown in a profusion of whites and pinks, yellows and blues; amorphous and architectural, variegated and cascading, with (and without) delicate tendrils that make you want to stare in fascination, or pet them like a kitty cat.
These exotics are beautiful, they’re delicious, and they’re easy to cook. Some of them are strongly healing as well. ...Read More