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Real Food Right Now and How to Cook it (#realfoodrightnow) is our weekly series on the ABCs and 123s of seasonal food.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Emmer (Farro)

This week's real food is one of the world's most ancient grains. Nearly lost as industry flooded markets with grains that were easier to process, farro -- or emmer -- is making a comeback. A chewy, nutty comeback.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: A Spring Celebration!

Our Real Food Right Now series has hatched out posts on many spring foods, from the history of ramps to the egg's endless uses. Now it's officially time to delve back into these in-season delights. Explore spring ingredients and find out why going green in spring is so important!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Eggs

Whether the chicken or the egg came first, eggs probably win the "most versatile ingredient" competition hands down. Found in everything from sauces and custards to their own headlining items, like omelets and egg nog, eggs offer up "egg-cellent" dining entertainment from dawn to dusk.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Mushrooms

Although the joys of cooking and snacking on the mighty mushroom are ancient, we still have much to discover when it comes to these tasty fungi. From hunting mushrooms in the forest to serving them up at the table, mushrooms offer an endless adventure!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Millet

Millet -- it's not just for birds! How did this ancient crop become synonymous with birdseed in the United States? And how did a plant once revered by the Chinese fall into obscurity? Thanks to millet's resistance to drought in an era of shifting climate, it's a grain to be rediscovered.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Pineapple

A too-long winter calls for tropical fruit, and guess what's in season? Pineapple. (Yes, there is a pineapple season.) Eat it fresh, spice it up with chilies, toss it on a pizza or even turn it into beer.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Taro

Taro is an important dietary staple used in both savory and sweet dishes across much of the tropical and sub-tropical world. If you're lucky enough to go to Hawaii (and no better time than the present!) don't be scared to try taro along with those fruity beach cocktails!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Quinoa

The well-stocked pantry of the modern age would do well to include quinoa, seed extraordinaire. A complete protein all its own packed with nutritional goodness, quinoa shows off its multi-talents from breakfast to dinner, a highly versatile ingredient on the plates of meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Bananas

Famously perfect for peeling and eating raw, the scrumptious banana has more up its sleeve than first meets the eye. From desserts and liquors to vinegar and ketchup, grab one of these nutritious berries (yes, berries!) and go bananas!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Oysters

They may or may not have aphrodisiac qualities, but nothing starts off a fancy - or romantic - meal like oysters. Just in time for Valentine's Day, all you need to know about these briny bivalves.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Horseradish

There's no denying it - flu season is upon us. If you're pulling out all the stops to stay on your feet this winter, you might want to throw in a little horseradish. Nothing quite beats the nasal-passage clearing, palate-zinging flavor of this knobby brown root.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salsify

Early Americans nicknamed salsify "oyster plant" as an homage to their favorite briny bivalves (though you may not notice any oyster flavor). Don't let salsify's uninviting appearance turn you off. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on this delicious - but sometimes elusive - veggie, there are a surprising number of lovely recipes to try.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Scallops

Scallops, generally divided into "bay" and "sea" types, are prized for food across much of the world, and their shells have been used for everything from currency to jewelry. Here's your guide to the beloved bivalve, from enviro impact to searing tips.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Lemons

Where would we be without lemons? They even teach us lessons: When life gives us lemons, as the saying goes, we make lemonade. They've become so ubiquitous that it's hard to believe that they are a relatively recent addition to our kitchens.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Lentils

Will this week's Real Food bring you good luck in the new year? Italians, Brazilians and Germans think so! This much we know for sure: lentils are totally ancient and ridiculously good for you.

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