First wave of spring vegetables begins
March 5, 2012
Winter has been very mild this year for most of us who don’t live in Alaska. The general lack of snow and cold is attributable to unusual patterns in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oscillations, which have kept the jet stream more northerly than usual. The warmer temperatures have been a welcome...
The most important meal
December 12, 2011
Did you eat breakfast today? Some 90 percent of Americans say they believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet more than half report that they skip it at least once a week. And yet multiple studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight,...
Winter squashes are full of good stuff
November 18, 2011
The orange of autumn is not only on trees: November is the peak season for winter squash. Although remarkably varied in appearance, winter squashes share an orange-colored flesh rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They are outstanding sources of vitamin A, plus provide...
A pear a day keeps sickness at bay
October 13, 2011
Apples have gotten such a good rap (“an apple a day keeps the doctor away”) that the closely-related pear, equally nutritious, should have its own aphorism: “A pear a day keeps sickness at bay.” But pears are often overlooked as a handy snack. Both apples and pears are nutrient-dense, low-calorie...
Tomatoes: In season and in health
September 6, 2011
Echoing fall colors to come, the luscious red, yellow, and purple hues of heirloom tomatoes are at their height now, epitomizing the best qualities of summer, when ample sunshine causes tomatoes’ flavors to reach their zenith of sweet tartness. It is hard to imagine Mediterranean cuisine without...
August 14, 2011
Garlic comes in small, medium, large, colossal, and super colossal. Colossal should not be confused with the other giant — Elephant garlic. Elephant garlic is actually its own species, closely related to the leek, and another story. Allium satvium in all its varieties has been used for health...
July 9, 2011
Nutrition pyramids are supposed to be graphical representations of a healthy diet. But whose? The latest guidelines issued by the U.S. government emphasize eating more fruits and vegetables and less fat, salt, and sugar, as we reported back in February. But there are as many food pyramids...
To B6 or not to B4
June 2, 2011
Vitamin B is not just a vitamin, it’s a whole family of vitamins with numerous variations and all the little subscripts, such as B3 or B12. Scientists originally thought the eight B vitamins were a single B vitamin critical for cell metabolism. As subsequent research showed there were...