What is in Rhubarb?

It is interesting how in every place one lives in, there are certain foods found more commonly in that location. In the Southern part of the United States, this might be okra, iced tea and hush puppies. In the United Kingdom, this might be minced pies and mulled apple cider. In this part of Canada…

You Say ‘Yam’, I Say ‘Sweet Potato’…Which Is It?

Although both yams and sweet potatoes are edible starchy root tubers, there are differences in their outer and inner appearances. Plainly speaking, the red-skinned and orange fleshed tubers we find commonly labelled as ‘yams’ in grocery stores in the United States are actually sweet potatoes! How did this happen? These ‘yams’ were labelled so originally…

What Are Ways to Cook Beets?

For those who are unfamiliar with this supernutritious plant, there are actually a myriad of ways to cook beets, or the taproot portion of the beet plant. These include the following methods: Steaming it and applying a bit of butter and salt Adding it into soups Eating thin raw slices as part of a salad…

Beets

When a friend passed me some huge home grown beets, I was excited to use them. Although I had not incorporated these into my cooking repertoire yet, I had heard that beets were a great healthy food choice and the internet is rife with praise for these red colored giant turnip-like vegetables. However, it made…

Kitchen Spotlight: Okra

In this “Kitchen Spotlight” post, we’ll move South and take a look at a favorite staple: Okra. Usually recognized by its green exterior, and sticky or slimy texture when cooked, few are aware that okra can come in red and purple colors as well. It is native to Africa, and there are nearly 20 different…

What’s in Chia?

Chia seeds are tiny small black and white seeds, but nutrient rich. A member of the mint family, these were once cultivated by The Aztecs. It is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala and is still widely used there. First, what’s the nutritional profile of a serving of chia seeds (equivalent to about…

 Kitchen Spotlight: Apples

  In this “Kitchen Spotlight” post, we’ll take a snapshot look at an all-time American (and likely around the world in other countries) favorite: apples. Apples are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber and contain phytochemicals (an example would be flavonoids such as quercetin). Carbohydrates are the main macronutrient, but apples also contain…

What’s in a Sweet Potato Leaf?

The answer is “lots”! This vegetable is eaten quite commonly in Asia – in some countries it is almost like the Iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce of the West, but cooked. It has also been studied some in research circles, but mostly in Asia. Since sweet potato leaves are considered a type of dark green leafy vegetable,…