Grapefruit Facts (Spanish: Toronja)

Grapefruit is a tropical citrus fruit known for its sweet and somewhat sour taste. It’s rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, making it one of the healthiest citrus fruits you can eat.

Ginger Facts (Spanish: Genjibre)

Research suggests that eating ginger provides multiple health benefits, inculding nausea relief, pain relief, and blood sugar management. The health benefits of ginger are mainly attributed to its phenolic compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols. Ginger possesses multiple biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, neuroprotective, cardiovascular protective, respiratory protective, antiobesity, antidiabetic, antinausea, and antiemetic activities.

Fig Facts (Spanish: Higo)

The fig–ficus carica–is a unique fruit with pink flesh full of tiny seeds and an edible purple or green peel. Figs may promote healthy digestion, decrease your risk of heart disease, and help manage blood sugar levels. Fresh figs are low in calories and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. However, dried figs are…

Chickpea Facts (Spanish: Garbanzo)

Chickpeas are tasty when cooked and seasoned simply, but they can also be used in a variety of combinations and in substitutes for meat and cheese. They are the base of Middle Eastern favorites hummus and felafel.

A Glossary of Plant-Based Foods

I started this list to help me remember the plant foods I have been enjoying all my life. It continues to expand, including plant foods that I got to know after moving to Mexico and foods still new to me that are helping transition from animal-based to plant-based meals. The glossary includes plants and plant-based…

Garlic Facts (Spanish: Ajo)

Garlic is a bulbous flowering plant in the genus Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, Welsh onion and Chinese onion. It is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran and has long been a common seasoning all over the world. It has been consumed for several thousand years. It was known…

Fennel Facts (Spanish: Hinojo)

Fennel is a flavorful herb. The plants are green and white, with feathery leaves and yellow flowers. Both the crunchy bulb and the seeds of the fennel plant have a mild, licorice-like flavor. The flavor of the seeds is stronger because of their essential oils. Fennel and fennel seeds have many health benefits and may…

Epazote Facts (Spanish: Epazote)

Epazote is a herb used in Mesoamerican cooking since long before the Spanish conquest. Its strong musky flavor is appealing, but it also has a number of nutritional and even medicinal benefits. It should be used in small quantities and is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It aids in digestion and contains…

Endive Facts (Spanish: Endibia)

Endive (pronounced in-dive or ahn-deev) is a leafy vegetable in the chicory root family. It has a crisp, crunchy texture and a slightly bitter taste. It can be used raw or cooked. There are three main types: Curly endive (Cichorium endivia var. crispum) has a bitter flavor and curly leaves. It is also known as…