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Why avocados are good for you

When people think of avocados, they often think of guacamole, but there’s so much more to learn about this superfood. The avocado — produced in subtropical climates including southern Spain, Australia, Peru, Ecuador, California, Arizona and Florida — is versatile,…

Why avocados are good for you

When people think of avocados, they often think of guacamole, but there’s so much more to learn about this superfood. The avocado — produced in subtropical climates including southern Spain, Australia, Peru, Ecuador, California, Arizona and Florida — is versatile,…

Healthy Eating

What's so healthy about nuts?

Nuts have a lot going for them. They’re nutritious, portable and delicious. It’s no wonder they’re such popular snacks, especially among those who eat for better health. Because they are naturally gluten- and grain-free, they can be snack for those…

What's so healthy about nuts?

Nuts have a lot going for them. They’re nutritious, portable and delicious. It’s no wonder they’re such popular snacks, especially among those who eat for better health. Because they are naturally gluten- and grain-free, they can be snack for those…

6 foods more likely than chicken to harbor salmonella

Most of us take precautions in our kitchens against salmonella poisoning from chicken. We wipe up any raw juices on our countertop, wash cutting boards thoroughly and cook chicken all the way through, until it’s no longer pink. This helps…

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Tricolor Kohlrabi Slaw (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Tricolor Kohlrabi Slaw (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Kohlrabi is a really strange looking vegetable related to broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It’s delicious and nutritious and easy to prepare. This simple slaw recipe will help you get the most out of this tasty, odd little vegetable.

Kohlrabi Nutrition

Kohlrabi is a powerhouse of Vitamin C, but only if you eat it raw. A single cup of raw kohlrabi has almost 84 mg of vitamin C! Kohlrabi also has a good amount beta-carotene, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate.

Kohlrabi is a powerhouse of minerals, too. A cup of raw kohlrabi contains 14% of the Required Daily Allowance (RDA) for potassium and 9% of the RDA for copper and manganese. Kohlrabi also has small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and selenium.

Selection and Storage of Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is at its best during winter months from November until March. Choose smaller kohlrabi, which are the sweetest and most tender. The purple variety is sweeter than the green. Bulbs bigger than the size of a tennis ball won’t be very tasty and often have tough, fibrous flesh.

If the leaves are attached, make sure they are firm and green.

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Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

It is sometimes called rocket, roquette, rugula or rucola. It looks like a baby lettuce and is often compared to watercress, but its little known secret is that it is really just a common local weed, and a member of the cruciferous family related to broccoli and cauliflower.

Arugula History

In 2006, arugula became a symbol for the entire foodie movement with the publication of David Kamp’s book, The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

In his book, Kamp explores how we evolved to a society where balsamic vinegar, free-range chicken, extra virgin olive oil, and of course, arugula, have become mainstream terms.

However, in 2008, arugula lost its luster when it became embroiled in political controversy. Unwittingly, arugula became a symbol of the culture wars in the presidential election and the media latched onto Barack Obama’s bewailing the price of arugula, much like it did when George H.W. Bush bad-mouthed broccoli.

Now the sordid details can come out: Arugula leads a double life.

Arugula Cultivation

Far from being a food for the elite, arugula can be found growing wild all over North America.

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