Five Unusual Herbs and Spices of Mexican Cuisine

Mexico is celebrated worldwide for its cuisine. In fact, it is one of few national cuisines to gain the status of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Yet “Mexican food” is often misunderstood. Its signature dishes aren’t the burritos and tacos that are exported as familiar “Tex Mex,” and its flavor profiles are deeper than the usual

Should I Eat It Raw or Cooked?

For most people, flavor is the most important consideration in choosing how to prepare vegetables. In terms of nutrition, however, there are reasons to cook some foods and to eat others raw. Cooking generally causes some nutritional loss, but certain vegetables’ nutrients are more readily absorbed when cooked. Better Cooked Though there is merit to

5 Weirdest Fruits From Around the World

We’re all used to regularly seeing apples, bananas and pears in the supermarket, and although tradition can be comforting, it can also get a little boring. If you feel like changing up your weekly grocery list, look out for one of these strange and exotic fruits to liven up your week. Buddha’s Hand Citrus medica

5 Ways to Make Your Small Ecological Footprint Even Smaller

Every day brings new dire warnings about global warming. Greenhouse gases affect our atmosphere’s energy balance by keeping heat within the earth’s atmosphere, preventing it from radiating away from the planet. According to the University of Georgia, our atmosphere’s CO2 concentration has increased by 36 percent since the Industrial Revolution. Industry creates plenty of carbon

Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits

Many people realize that the tomato, one of the most beloved “vegetables,” is, in reality, a fruit. In fact, a number of other vegetables are actually fruits—and there are even a few fruits that are actually vegetables. We tend to make the distinction between fruits and vegetables based upon how sweet they are, but the

Interesting Facts about Bell Peppers

Consider the bell pepper: loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, it also provides protein and fiber. However, most importantly, bell peppers pack a punch of sweet, fresh flavor guaranteed to liven up any dish while adding few calories. Peppers were cultivated for centuries in South and Central America before their “discovery” by European explorers. Bell

Can You Recycle That?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2012, on average, each person in the U.S. generated about 4.38 pounds of waste every day—but recycled or composted only about 1.5 pounds of that waste. Even if you already recycle, your trash likely contains many other recyclable items that would boost that number. About one-third of