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Finding Foods with Folate

Folate, also called folic acid, folacin, or vitamin B9, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that is essential for human growth and development. It is made up of three components: para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), glutamic acid, and pteridine. The latter two components explain the technical chemical name for folate: pteroylmonoglutamate. Because folate is one of the most chemically […]

Choosing Chard

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about chard in the fourth century B.C. The ancient Greeks, and later the Romans, used chard for its medicinal properties. It was prized by Mediterranean cooks for flavoring soups and rice dishes. It became a popular vegetable in Sicily and in Provence, especially in Nice. It was grown abundantly around the […]

Brussels Sprouts

Bringing Home Brussels Sprouts

The precursors to Brussels sprouts were likely cultivated in Italy in Roman times. They arrived in Belgium as early as the 13th century AD. The modern Brussels sprout was first cultivated in large quantities in Belgium, specifically in a region near its capital, Brussels, after which they are named, as early as 1587. They were introduced into the […]

Becoming Aware of Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin.  It is one of the best-studied of all B vitamins and has one of the greatest varieties of chemical forms, including pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, pyridoxine phosphate, pyridoxal phosphate, and pyridoxamine phosphate. First researched in the mid-1930’s, the vitamin was originally referred to as “antidermatitis factor,” because skin inflammation (dermatitis) seemed to […]

Nourishing Your Body With Napa Cabbage

Napa or nappa cabbage (Brassica rapa pekinensis) is a variety of the species Brassica rapa, along with bok choy, rapini, and turnips. It belongs to the Brassicaceae, family, along with mustard, kale, collards, watercress, rapini, Brussels sprouts, arugula, radishes, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, horseradish, cauliflower, daikon, land cress, rutabaga, and shepherd’s purse. It is a type of Chinese cabbage that is also known as Peking cabbage, Chinese leaf,  celery cabbage, wong nga bok, siu choy, hakusai, pechay, […]