Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, originated in Central Asia, and remains genetically similar to varieties grown 500 years ago. Bok choy was exported from China hundreds of years ago and is now..
Longan berry or longan is a tropical tree native to South and Southeast Asia. The longan – translated literally as "dragon eye" – is so named because it resembles an eyeball when its fruit..
A coffee bean is a misnomer for a seed of a coffee plant. It is the pit inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Even though they are seeds, they are incorrectly referred to as 'b..
Couscous is a North African grain that dates back more than seven centuries. Originally made from millet, couscous granules are now usually made by rolling moistened, coarsely ground semolina wheat..
The almond is a species of tree native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, but is now popularly harvested throughout the world for its seeds. Almonds have a rich history; their cul..
Olives, one of the oldest foods known, are thought to have originated in Crete or Syria between five and seven thousand years ago. The venerable oil of the olive has been consumed since as early as 3,..
Designated as the “royal herb” by Ancient Greeks, basil is one of the most popularly used herbs worldwide. Basil is a member of the mint family originally from India and is now prominently..
Even though it is called Black salt or Kala Namak, this rock salt has a pinkish or puple color when ground. Also known as kala namak, kala loon, or black Indian salt, is a salty and pungent smelling c..
Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose. It is not aged or colored. The term "cottage che..
Spot prawns are a delicious and popular variety of shrimp harvested off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Spot prawns are hermaphroditic, maturing as males then trans..
When given the choice between grass-fed and grain-fed lamb, you might ask yourself: is the slightly more expensive grass-fed lamb really worth it? However, there are many benefits to choosing grass-fe..
Geese have been consumed and enjoyed for celebratory purposes for centuries. In the Middle Ages, they were used as centerpieces to help honor the winter solstice. They were bred for their meat in anci..
Saw palmetto or Serenoa repens, is a small palm endemic to the southeastern United States. The fruit of the saw palmetto is a large reddish-black drupe and is an important food source for wildlife and..