Food Facts & Lore

Cucumber, Cowcumber, Coocumber

Many of the names we use for things were inspired by simple, usually ancient observation. From our 21st-century point of view, these observations seem at times a bit far-fetched. Or at least it would be difficult to make an accurate guess. Take the carrot, for example. We easily assume that its name comes from an… Continue reading Cucumber, Cowcumber, Coocumber

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6 Foods That Fight or Soothe Sunburn

We all know that most fair-skinned individuals experience sunburn much faster than their darker-skinned counterparts. Faster in this case, is very fast, as in pigment damage within 15 minutes (did you know?), whereas it is not uncommon for darker skin to tolerate direct sun exposure for hours. Do not try this at home. Just take… Continue reading 6 Foods That Fight or Soothe Sunburn

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Potatoes Ain’t From Idaho

Travel back in time, say 10,000 years back to about 8,000 BCE. We’re in Peru, South America, home of the Incas and one of their staple crops, potatoes. Long story short, the Spanish arrive sometime around 1570, collect a few souvenirs, the potato among them; leave their mark, in both desirable and not so cool… Continue reading Potatoes Ain’t From Idaho