PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Fig

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…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Chickpea

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.

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Garlic

Garlic has been used as a traditional medicine as well as a food flavoring. It is a healthy and delicious addition to many dishes around the world. Its medicinal benefits for both cure and prevention require larger doses, which should be taken with the supervision and advice of a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Fennel

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…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ 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…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Endive

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…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Eggplant

Eggplants, also known as aubergines, belong to the nightshade family of plants and are used in many different dishes around the world. They are usually considered a vegetable but because they contain seeds and grow from a flowering plant, they are actually a fruit. There are many varieties. Eggplants with a deep purple skin are…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit, native to southern Mexico and Central America, grows on the Hylocereus cactus, whose flowers open only at night. The two most common types have bright red skin with green scales that resemble a dragon. The most widely available variety has white pulp with black seeds, though a less common type with red pulp and black…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Clove

Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as Syzygium aromaticum. Found in both whole and ground forms. Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice in baked goods and in Indian cuisine. Even in small amounts, they are a good source of manganese. Animal studies have found that…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Cinnamon

Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon is not only delicious, it has many reported health benefits. However, if you are…