These little nutritional powerhouses have a fascinating history, and are firmly entrenched in the culinary (and artistic) cultures of many countries. But should you keep eating them, given the ample amounts of bad press they've received lately (as water guzzlers, and worse)? Only you can decide - so read on for more information!
Wild rice is a delicious, ancient grain that has been enjoyed by eaters since prehistoric times. Curiously, however, it is not actually rice but an aquatic grass - and in all but the rarest of circumstances, is not wild. Read on to learn more about this fascinating food in this week's Real Food Right Now.
Even the best plans sometimes leaves us with a little more produce than time - and it's not uncommon to face a crisper drawer that is threatening to expire. In those moments, turn your extra vegetables into quick pickles! Mix it up with different seasonal veggies and flavors, and enjoy these pickles all summer long.
Want to take your dinner from glum to glam? Add fresh herbs. There is nothing like a tablespoon or two of fragrant greenery to brighten any dish. But what's a cook to do with the rest of the bunch? And what about those stems? Should you chop or toss? Enjoy every last bite of your transformative herbs.
Peanuts are an incredible food. This South American native legume has traveled the world to become a household treat on almost every continent, from the peanut flare in Thai cuisine to the humble PB&J in North America. Exploring the many roles of the peanut may just be the food adventure for you this season!
Pears are often regarded as the "other" fruit, standing in the shadows of apples, but the fresh, floral pear is as easy to cultivate as an apple and just a versatile. Bite into a juicy pear, slice it up for your cheese plate, or cook it into a savory dish: the options with pears seem to be endless.
Olives have long had a place in our kitchens and at our tables. To the Greeks and Romans, the olive wasn't just a source of food, but the fuel that lit their lamps and bolstered their economies. To this day, to figuratively extend the olive branch means to offer peace to your enemy. Learn more about the hearty olive, which not only tastes great but is good for you too!
Blooming lavender fills summer air with a voluptuous, calming fragrance, an aroma often found in perfumes, lotions and soaps - but this herb is more than an olfactory delight. Lavender can make a splash at the kitchen table in beverages, jams and even as seasoning on meats. Take a deep breath and dive into cooking with lavender.
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.
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.
Why not upgrade your Super Bowl spread with some locally-grown, sustainably produced food this year? Step up your game with recipes from our Real Food Right Now series. Blindside your guests with tasty and healthy snacks! Clothesline anyone who tries to bring in fast food! Make sure no off-season veggies show up to play!
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.
Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or homemade candy pro, we bet that once your loved ones or colleagues get a taste of these gorgeous, delectable treats - awesome gifts, all - you'll be fielding requests for years to come. Happy Holidays!
Although its nutty, delicious seeds can be found year-round in health food and some larger grocery stores, amaranth is only in season in the summer through mid-fall. The Today Show has called amaranth greens the next kale, and there are numerous recipes pairing the striking plant's seeds with more common ingredients.
The scent of a ripe melon, splayed open by a sharp knife, takes me back to summers at the Jersey shore, where we escaped the routines of life and embraced the salt air.
Herbal, tangy, citrus-y, and a little bit sweet, tomatillos are like no other fruit. While green tomatillo sauce can be spooned onto just about everything (tacos, enchiladas, fish, meat, veggies), this week's Real Food profile includes some ways to bust out of the salsa verde rut.