Recipe – Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a fruit from the nightshade family native to South America. While botanically it is a fruit, it is typically prepared and eaten like a vegetable. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene and a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K, making it beneficial ...

Recipe – Date “Bon Bons”

The Humble Date

The fruit of the date palm tree, the date, is believed to have originated somewhere around the Persian Gulf. It is considered one of the oldest cultivated fruits and is part of the staple diet in Middle Eastern countries. When ripe, they are brown and shriveled, resembling a prune. There are several varieties ...

Recipe – Cucumber Salad

What am I? Fruit or Vegetable?

The cucumber is a creeping vine plant of the Cucurbitaceae gourd family that bears cucuminform fruit. It originated in South Asia, but now grows on most continents. There are three main varieties of cucumber – slicing, pickling and burpless/seedless. The cucumber roots in the ground and grows up supporting frames ...

Recipe – Raw or Baked Fruit Crisp

Peach—The Perfect Fruit

The peach is a type of stone fruit that encloses a seed within a hard stone or pit inside the fruity flesh. It is a member of the rose family distinguished by its velvety skin, also belonging to the same family of trees as the almond, thus the kernel’s remarkably similar taste to ...

Recipe – Flaxseed Waffles

Flaxseed

Flaxseed, also called linseed, has many medicinal properties and contains dietary fiber, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids (lignans), minerals, vitamin B Complex, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, thiamine, plant-based protein and folate.

Health benefits include:

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Improved immunity
  • Decreased menopausal and hormonal imbalance symptoms
  • Healthier skin and hair
  • Reduced sugar cravings and helps with ...

Recipe – Maple Almond Ice Cream

Coco Palm

Coconut—is it a fruit? a nut? a seed? Coconut can be a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Scientifically, it is a fibrous, one-seeded drupe. Brown and hairy on the outside, white and creamy on the inside, coconut is a fruit which grows on coconut palm trees and is widely found in the tropics ...

Recipe – Greens and Olives

Choose Your Olive Wisely

Olives and olive oil were not only an important component of the ancient Mediterranean diet, but also one of the most successful industries in antiquity. The olive also came to have a wider cultural significance, most famously as a branch of peace and as the victor’s crown in the ancient Olympic Games. Although ...

Recipe – Winter Greens Salad

Powerhouse Kale

Once upon a time there was a testing procedure used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine the antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables. It was called the ORAC test (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Researchers would look at all the different antioxidants and phytochemicals that are found in a plant food and ...

Recipe – Sesame-Flax French Toast

The Dynamic Sesame Seed

Even though sesame seeds are small, they are a powerhouse of nutrition. These seeds are admired all around the world for their slightly sweet, nutty flavor and aroma. The sesame seed is highly valued for having one of the highest oil contents of any seed (up to 50%) which contains essential fatty ...

Recipe – Walnut Spread

Walnuts

This little nut that looks a lot like a miniature brain contains a powerhouse of important nutrients for optimal health in just a one-ounce handful.
  • An excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (2.5g) – most ALA of any other tree nut.
  • 4g of protein
  • 2g of fiber
  • A good source ...