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 ~ Fava Bean

A serving of fava beans packs 106% of the daily requirement of folates, important for preventing birth defects. Fava beans are also rich in iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and manganese. Fava beans, sometimes called horse beans or broad beans (español: habas) come from a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae pea and bean family. It is widely cultivated as…

PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Chaya

In folk medicine, chaya is recommended for diabetes, obesity, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, acne, and eye problems. WARNING: Chaya leaves must be cooked; raw leaves are toxic The scientific name of chaya (español: chaya) is cnidoscolus aconitifolius. It is known as Chaya or Mayan Tree Spinach. It is a large fast-growing perennial shrub that is believed…