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Back to Basics: English Peas

By Kendall Kish | April 8, 2013

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Name: The scientific name Pissum sativum refers to the pod that holds the pea, which is actually a seed.


Origins:
Peas were a staple in medieval cuisine, mainly used to make pea soup. The earliest known uses of peas were discovered in Syria, Turkey, and Jordan. More modern, green “garden” peas were found cultivated in Europe in the early 17th century. Read More

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Back to Basics: Artichokes

By Kendall Kish | March 18, 2013

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Photo: Kendall Kish

Name: Artichoke; Cynara cardunculus. The word artichoke is derived from the Italian words articiocco and articoclos.

Origins: Believed to be one of the oldest vegetables in the world, the artichoke was first referenced as being cultivated in regions of Southern Europe around the Mediterranean in 300 B.C.

Nutritional Value:  Artichokes are high in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and folate. They also have significant levels of silymann, an antioxidant that targets the liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract.

Peak Season: March – May Read More

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Back to Basics: Kale

By Kendall Kish | March 4, 2013

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Name: Kale, or borecole, which most likely originates from the Dutch word boerenkool – meaning “farmer’s cabbage”.

Origins: A descendant of wild cabbage, kale is believed to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by Celtic wanderers.

Nutritional Value: Kale is highly nutritious, but one aspect that makes it such a “superfood” is the fact that is has more nutritional value from fewer calories than almost any other food. Kale is also high in vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Read More

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Back to Basics: Broccoli

By Kendall Kish | February 4, 2013

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Photo by Kendall Kish

Name: Broccoli; comes from the Latin word brachium which means “branch or “arm”.

Origins: Belongs in the cabbage family, and is native to the Mediterranean. It was first introduced to America by Italian immigrants over 200 years ago.

Peak Season: October through April.

Nutritional Value: Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse known for its cancer-fighting properties, cholesterol lowering benefits, and vitamin-rich elements. High in vitamin C, A, K, fiber, iron, potassium and calcium, broccoli has a nutritional content that is healthy in so many ways. Read More

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