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(Avena sativa)   Oats are one of the hardiest cereal grains.  Unlike most other crops, this plant is able to withstand poor soil conditions and thrive.   The oats we eat today originate from the wild red oat in Asia. Before being consumed as food, oats were used for medicinal purposes and are still used… Continue Reading

Acorn Squash View More

(Cucurbita pepo)   A member of the Cucurbitaceae family, acorn squash is a relative of the melon and cucumber and is botanically classified as a fruit. Acorn squash along with butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin and hubbard are considered winter squashes. Unlike summer squash, winter squash are characterized by a hard outer skin that can’t be eaten…. Continue Reading

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(Spinacia oleracea)   Spinach is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in the United States. A member of the same family as Swiss chard and beets, spinach shares the same taste profile – mildly sweet flavor when raw and a slightly salty, bitter flavor when cooked.   Spinach is native to an area near… Continue Reading

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(Cucumis sativus)   Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family. Other members include watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin and squash.  Although botanically classified as a fruit, cucumbers are often perceived and prepared as a vegetable.   Cucumbers originated in India and have been cultivated there for over 3,000 years. From India their cultivation spread throughout Western… Continue Reading

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body.  Approximately 99% of calcium is stored in the bones and teeth.  Aside from supporting structure, calcium is needed for proper functioning of the heart, muscles, nerves and blood clotting.   Unfortunately, only about half the population meets the daily recommendation for calcium intake. Our modern diet… Continue Reading

October 8th 2018 marks World Osteoporosis Day.  While this health event may not be as widely recognized as others, it is of great importance.  World Osteoporosis Day, which is sponsored by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, provides an all-important focal point for informing and educating the general public and policy makers about the prevention of osteoporosis which… Continue Reading