Produce Spotlight: Garlic

    Love it or hate it garlic has a lot to offer. From antibacterial properties to vampire killing power to adding depth to good chili, the humble bulb has many applications. Italian cooking is probably best known for the inclusion of garlic, but it is also widely used in asian cuisines, that of the…

Produce Spotlight: Lima Beans

  I know what you’re thinking…   Okay, maybe I don’t. But I suspect it’s nothing lovely of the humble lima bean. Before you write off this lowly staple, hear me out- it’s an underrated legume! Butter beans originated in South America but have become a common plant source of protein in North America. Understandably…

Produce Spotlight: Squash Blossoms

  Zucchini has a bit of a reputation as a plentiful vegetable in the garden this time of year. Creative use of this squash can yield some interesting and delicious recipes. But we’re not here to talk zucchini… Courgette flowers are delicate specimens and as so they don’t wield any spectacular nutritional values. A full…

Veggie Spotlight: Watercress

  A member of the brassica or cruciferous family, watercress is one of the oldest leafy vegetables known to be consumed by humans. The  “Father of Western Medicine”, famous Greek physician Hippocrates built the worlds first hospital in Kos, Greece next to a stream so that watercress could be grown nearby and be on hand…

Fiddleheads

Veggie Spotlight: Fiddleheads

Curious little ferns, fiddleheads are only available for a short number of weeks in the early spring. These delicacies taste of asparagus or cooked spinach without the bitterness. As fiddleheads are a wild and not cultivated vegetable, they are often high in a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are also a source of omega…

Veggie Spotlight: Sorrel

Sorrel is a tangy summer herb with leaves similar in size to spinach but with a distinctive lemony taste. It was introduced to North America from Europe, Asia & Scandinavia where it has a long culinary history. Many different countries have a tradition of using sorrel in their ethnic dishes. From spanakopita in Greece to…

Veggie Spotlight: Radicchio

Sometimes known as Italian Chicory, radicchio is a purplish leafy vegetable with an appearance similar to red cabbage. While many varieties exist, the most common is Chioggia radicchio which is about the size of a grapefruit. It has a spicy flavour when eaten raw, but this mellows out when the vegetable is cooked. Radicchio is…

Veggie Spotlight: Mushrooms

Fungi are in a class of their own. Different from animals, bacteria and plants, fungus can be found as mold, yeast & more familiarly: mushrooms. It’s an understatement to say that we don’t generally make an effort to incorporate a whole lot of fungus into our daily lives- and we have to be careful about…

Veggie Spotlight: Cucumbers

Including cucumbers as a part of your regular diet can help improve your health by providing a number of nutrients often deficient in a North American diet. Cucumbers contain vitamins K, C & B vitamins as well as manganese, copper, potassium and several polyphenol that may help to reduce your risk of developing serious disease.…