Poblano Peppers

Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers are mild chili peppers that originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico.  When dried, they are called ancho or ancho chile, from the Spanish word for “wide” (chile ancho-“wide chile”).  As the poblano ripens and changes to red in...
Eggplant

Eggplant

Believed to have originated in India or Burma, eggplant became popular in many Arab countries and Northern Africa around 900 A.D.  When it was first introduced in Europe around the 15th century, it was cultivated only as an ornamental curiosity, because it was...
Carrots

Carrots

High in vitamin A and beta carotene, which is the substance responsible for its beautiful orange color, carrots are a favorite raw snack for many children and adults.  The carrot is also high in fiber, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals.  To receive the most...
Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

The active component in jalapenos and other hot peppers is capsaicin, which gives them their strong spicy pungent character.  Tolerance levels in individuals can vary widely—use them in moderation at first.  Eating cold yogurt or drinking milk will help dilute...
Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The first ripe tomatoes of the season are eagerly anticipated by cooks and gardeners alike.  An excellent source of antioxidants and dietary fiber, they also offer us high levels of vitamin A and potassium, and are a good source of vitamin C.  They can be baked,...
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