Purchasing Peaches

Peaches (Prunus persica) share the sub-genus Amygdalus with almonds. They both belong to the genus Prunus, which also includes plums, apricots, cherries, and nectarines. These fruits are in the Rosaceae family, along with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, quinces, apples, pears, and ornamental trees and shrubs (such as roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns). Peaches originated in China around 2000 BC, where the first wild peach trees produced small, […]

Importing Hemp Seeds

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is the sole species in the Cannabis genus, which shares the Cannabaceae family with hops and hackberries. Hemp likely originated in the Himalayas, and from there, it was spread by humans and other animals. Hemp is among the oldest industries. By 8000 BC, hemp was woven into fabric. It grew in popularity over time on a global scale to […]

Shopping the Carrboro Farmer’s Market

Here’s what’s available at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, Saturday, February 22, 2014, in order of nutrient density (ANDI scores). Click through to find out more about each item and how to use it.   Collards 1000+ Kale 1000+ Napa Cabbage, 715 Spinach 707 Arugula 604 Lettuce, Green Leaf 585 Basil 518 Radishes 502 Brussels Sprouts 490 Turnips 473 Carrots 458 Oregano 426 Parsley 381 Kohlrabi 352 Broccoli 340 Mixed Baby […]

Purchasing Organic Papaya

Papaya (Carica papaya) is the most important member of the Caricaceae family for human consumption. It belongs to the Brassicales order, which makes it distantly related to cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, kholrabi, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccolini, bok choy, rapini, napa cabbage, turnips, mustard, watercress, arugula, radishes, horseradish, rutabaga, capers, and nasturnium. Papayas likely originated along the Caribbean coast of Central America. They were probably widely cultivated by Indians in Mexico and Central America prior […]

Enjoying Limitless Health With Lima Beans

Lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus), also known as butter beans, are legumes. They share the genus Phaseolus with common beans ( green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, Great Northern beans, kidney beans, black turtle beans, and navy beans) tepary beans, runner beans, slimjim beans, and spotted beans. All of these beans belong to the the family Fabaceae, along with edible-pod and mature peas, soybeans, fava beans, black-eyed peas, jicama, adzuki beans, lentils, peanuts, chickpeas, carob, and […]

Filling Your Plate With Peas

Peas are the mature seeds of Pisum sativum. They share their species with sugar snap and snow peas. All of these varieites are legumes that belong to the the family Fabaceae, along with soybeans, fava beans, common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, Great Northern beans, black turtle beans, kidney beans, and navy beans), black-eyed peas, jicama, adzuki beans, lentils, lima beans, peanuts, chickpeas, carob, and licorice. The family also includes […]

Quenching Your Thirst for Watermelon

Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with cantaloupe and other melons, chayote, and squash. Watermelons likely originated in southern Africa, where they grow wild. At 90% water, the melons were a valuable and portable thirst quencher when natural water supplies were scarce or contaminated. Watermelons were cultivated in the Nile Valley from the second millennium BC. Watermelon […]

Lentil Minestrone

Minestrone is traditional Italian vegetable soup, often featuring a legume and a grain. This one features lentils, macaroni, and zucchini. Lentil Minestrone 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 large carrots, quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 medium bell pepper, diced 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced 28 ounces […]