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Before potatoes there were….parsnips

Before potatoes  there were….parsnips. This homely root vegetable was popular up to the 16th century in Europe when the potato finally made its way across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Columbian exchange. Parsnips are first cousins to carrots and native to Eurasia where they have been eaten for thousands of years.  Their botanical […]

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Tomatillos, Groundcherries and Chinese Lanterns

Tomatillos, groundcherries and Chinese lanterns look a lot alike, but they are not the same. Tomatillos are like tomatoes; groundcherries are sweet; and Chinese lanterns are poisonous. That’s incentive enough to make sure you can tell one from the other. These three plants are part of one of the greatest food exchanges in history, beginning […]

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