Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Strawberries

Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) are members of the Rosaceae family, along with blackberries, plums, raspberries, apricots, peaches, cherries, quinces, apples, pears, almonds, and ornamental trees and shrubs (such as roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns). The history of the strawberry goes back as far as the Romans and perhaps even the Greeks. Virgil included the strawberry among the beauties of […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]


Finding Fabulous Fruit

Fruits are the ovaries of flowering plants, and the means by which flowering plants disseminate seeds. Many fruits have developed to propagate by having animals eat them and then deposit the seeds far from the original plant. Humans and many animals depend on fruits as a source of food. Technically, fruit includes bean pods, nuts, […]