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...
Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cauliflower offers significant vegetable protein along with Vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, as well as a variety of minerals. Refrigerate fresh cauliflower in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks.  To prepare, soak the head upside down in cold water to clean thoroughly. ...
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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