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…

Selenium: What You Should Know

  If you’re starting off thinking “selena-what?” you’re probably in the right place! Se·le·ni·um is on the periodic table of elements (yes, that periodic table) with the atomic number of 34. It is a trace mineral that we need in our diets and the best food source of it is in a brazil nut! I’m…

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…

Staying Hydrated: Coconut Water

  The summer sun & heat is more than on its way! Flip flops, sunglasses & a tan are sure to permeate your life over the next few months. This means staying sun safe to prevent burns, sunstroke & heat exhaustion. Staying hydrated in hot weather can be an uphill battle, but these tips can…

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…