The “organic” label has become much more common in grocery stores throughout America, but what does it really mean? Read to learn more about the organic certification process and the criteria used by the USDA to determine eligibility.
Steam sterilization has long been used to clean surgical equipment, but it turns out the process that keeps scalpels clean can also help keep your salad bacteria-free. Alongside infrared heat treatment, both options can help prevent food-borne pathogens from making it to the table.
Basil leaves certainly have their place as a garnish in many different global cuisines. You might not have considered it, but beyond their popularity in Italian, Greek, and Thai food, these flavorful leaves can add nutritional value to your dishes as well.
Even if you never leave the comforts of town, dried vegetables and fruit are in many of the foods you eat, and they can be extremely good for you. With nearly the same nutritional value as fresh food, a longer shelf life, and a lower price tag, dried fruits and veggies could be just the ticket to helping increase the nutritional content of a host of dishes.
The nutritional value of mushrooms solidly puts these fungi in the superfood category with near-infinite potential to be included in soups, stir-fries, or side dishes. Packed with dietary fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, hard-to-find minerals such as magnesium and selenium, mushrooms have health benefits to offer in everything from supporting your immune system to helping prevent cardiovascular disease.
To be fair, buying kale to add into your diet isn’t a popular choice for many people. But the health benefits are well documented—with lower levels of heart disease, lower cholesterol, improved blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of certain types of cancer all on the list of advantages of eating kale.
Despite its important role in many recipes, chervil itself is not well known to many Americans. Part of the allure of chervil, however, is its flexibility. It can be found in all kinds of dishes either alone or in concert with other herbs and spices.
Though it is related to the green asparagus we are all familiar with in the United States, white asparagus lacks the bright green color we associate with these thin, fibrous stalks. You might not find the white variety in your local farmers market here in the States, but this European delicacy is growing increasingly popular in America.