Mushrooms of eternal life?

Thought by ancient Egyptians circa 2000 BC to ensure immortality, the pharaohs ordered that no commoner could touch these edible fungi. However, despite its status as a non-veggie, we encourage you to work these low-cal, nutrient-dense treats into your cooking routine to boost your immune system. Have you ever scavenged for wild mushrooms?


Carrots in technicolor?

The ancestors to today’s carrots grew wild in Afghanistan, and were originally cultivated for their aromatic seeds and leaves. The root was first used in the 1st century, and by the 12th century Arabs were cultivating red and yellow varieties. Now you can find carrots in myriad colors, such as these. How do you nibble this “rabbit food”?


Are sweet potatoes and yams kin?

While used interchangeably, these are different vegetables. Yams are vines cultivated for the consumption of their tubers. More than 95 percent of the world’s yam crops are harvested in West Africa. Sweet potatoes were domesticated at least
5,000 years ago in Central or South America. Peruvian sweet potato remnants dating to 8000 BC have been discovered. Whichever you preference, how do you eat this super food?


Do you love the dreaded Brussels sprout?

Once the quintessential veggie loathed by school children, Brussels sprouts are now a trendy poster child for healthy (tasty) eating. There’s a trick, however, to unlocking their treasure of nutrients without the disagreeable, odorous gases released from heating those of the cabbage clan. Avoid boiling, which can also zap what’s good for you, and instead try shredding for a raw salad, slicing and sauteing or roasting, which slows the process that turns them smelly. How do you enjoy your sprouts?