Nicknamed the "pie plant" for its primary use in pies, Rhubarb is in actually an ancient medicinal plant native to the cold climates of Siberia, Tibet, Mongolia and Western China. Marco Polo brought t..
The grapefruit we know today was developed in the West Indies in the early 1700s and first introduced to Florida in the 1820s. Today, most grapefruit is still grown in Florida. Grapefruit got its name..
Belonging to the legume family, red lentils are a protein and fibre rich powerhouse particularly helpful for those with diabetes. Red lentils have a lovely salmon pink color in their dried form, but t..
During the Ming dynasty in ancient China, back rice held a special, exalted place. Eaten only by the emperors and forbidden to the masses, it was known as forbidden rice. Black rice is a kind of stick..
A popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine, Pumpkin seed, also called Pepita in Spanish, is the edible seed of a pumpkin or other kind of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically ov..
Soy sauce originated in China 2,800 years ago and its use later spread to East and Southeast Asia.  In the 7th century, Buddhist monks introduced soy sauce into Japan where it is known as shoyu. ..
Curry leaves are are highly aromatic herb native to southern India. It has a unique flavor simiar to citrus but not quite the same. The leaves are highly valued as seasoning in southern and west-..
Za'atar or zahtar is the name of a spice blend made of green or dried herbs, mixed with roasted sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices. The taste can be tangy, herbal, nutt..
Raw milk is the natural unaltered milk usually from cows, goats or sheep but in some countries it is camel or buffalo. Raw milk is not pasteurized, homogenized or frozen, nor has it been altered with ..
Coldwater shrimp are small, delicately flavored shellfish that live in the northern Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. They are three to four inches in length and reddish-pink in color. Also known a..
The most expensive beef in the world, Kobe beef refers to cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. The meat is ..
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..