Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds.
Green, navy, kidney, and black beans all originated in Peru. Beans were spread throughout South, Central, and North America by migrating Indians. They were then introduced to Europe by the Spanish explorers.
Today, the largest commercial producers of fresh green beans include Argentina, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, India, Iraq,Italy, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.
The ancient Native American technique of growing corn, beans, and squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting and helps increase harvests, naturally!
The green bean is an herbaceous plant that belongs to the legume family (Fabiaceae)
Green beans are the third most popular vegetable grown in home gardens, after tomatoes and peppers, because they are easy to grow under the correct conditions.
Peak season for green beans are from May to September.
Green beans are also called string beans and snap beans.
Green, navy, kidney, and black beans are called “common beans.”
Eggplants aren’t REALLY vegetables, they’re berries. Which isn’t that strange, considering other fruits are commonly mistaken for vegetables – like tomatoes.
Eggplants and tomatoes are actually related. They both belong to the nightshade family (as well as potatoes and peppers) with the famous literary poison – deadly nightshade. But don’t worry, eggplant isn’t toxic (at least not in normal amounts).
A study published in 1993 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that eggplant has by far the highest level of nicotine of any vegetable. But it’s such a small amount that there’s really no need for concern. You would have to eat between 20 and 40 pounds of eggplant to consume the amount of nicotine you’d get smoking one cigarette.
People in the U.K. and France call them aubergines. The word “aubergine” goes all the way back to the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. The eggplant is believed to have originated in India, where it is considered to be the King of Vegetables.
The word “eggplant” that we use in North America comes from British-colonized India, where at the time, a small, white, egg-like variety of the vegetable was all the rage.
In Renaissance Italy, it was called a mala insana or “crazy apple”believing that eating eggplant every day for a month would cause insanity.
Japan even has a proverb about eggplant: “The happiest omen for a New Year is first Mount Fuji, then the falcon, and lastly eggplant.”
China is the top eggplant producer in the world. India, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan are also top world producers. The United States ranks 20th in eggplant production.
Apple Cider Vinegar: A versatile ingredient
Anyone not suffering from allergies? The pollen brings a whole new spin to allergies and it seems easy just to take a pill or a shot to quickly deal with the issue. A better option is to give apple cider vinegar a try! No scary side effects like the over the counter medicine and it helps with many other ailments listed below on the poster.
For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine. Since 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and others have used vinegar mixed with honey as an energizing tonic and healing elixir.
Seeds/Nuts: Small but mighty