Scrumptious Recipe using two favorite Mexican ingredients Huauzontle and Pipicha

This scrumptious recipe highlights two of the most unique ingredients found in Mexican cuisine: Huauzontle and Pipicha Huauzontle Huauzontle, or  Chenopodium nuttalliae, also called Aztec spinach or Aztec broccoli is one of those ancient foods from the precolonial world.  While it used to be more of a poor man’s food, Huauzontle has now become a … Read more

Vegetable Greens for the hot and humid summer – Malabar Spinach and Edible Amaranth

Just because you live in the hot and humid south – doesn’t mean you have to skimp on your greens – while lettuce, spinach, kale & co. generally do not do well in a hot and humid summer – there are two excellent greens that thrive in such an environment. Introducing: Malabar Spinach and Edible … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to making fresh healthy Smoothies – it’s not as difficult as you think.

I’ve been drinking smoothies for a few years now, mostly because I find it to be the easiest way to get my veggies.  I’ve found there to be lots of misconceptions though – I think people are really overthinking the concept of a smoothie – so here is the low down to get you started. … Read more

Yes, you can grow your own Water Chestnuts … and it’s pretty easy

What is a Water Chestnut? Well, this a water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis).  It’s native to Asia and grown all over the world for it’s crunchy sweet underwater corms. Have I eaten Water Chestnut? Yes, most likely.  It’s the crunchy sweet stuff in your Chinese stir fry. Should I eat it raw? Probably not, you can … Read more

Growing monster delicious Asian Cucumbers – Tien Chin Long

The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is originally from South Asia, so these seeds are actually kind of “bringing it home”. I picked these up in the local Chinese grocery store, while looking for some melon/cucumber-like plants that we saw planted all over Chinatown in Chicago.  This did not turn out to be them, but are working … Read more