Katie Sweetman is a graphic designer and writer at GRACE. She is the designer behind projects such as Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for a Sustainable Food Movement and Meet the Nexus and a contributing writer with the Real Food Right Now series. Originally from Washington, DC, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Summertime and gin go hand in hand. If you're the cocktail drinking type, nothing is better on a warm day in the sunshine than a gin and tonic on ice with a slice of lime. However, gin wasn't always so respectable. It was the favored drink of the poor, the down and out and of sailors - but it's come long way since then. And after it fell from favor in the last few decades, gin is getting a second look from craft distillers both here and abroad.
Newsflash -- it's tea, not coffee, that is the world's most popular pick me up. In fact, after water, it's the most consumed beverage worldwide. And why wouldn't it be? Tea has deep cultural roots stretching back thousand years, much longer than coffee - and it was the world's first commodity, fueling fortunes and empires.
Whiskey: the water of life and sweet nectar of the gods. It's the stuff of mint juleps, the Wild West and classic cocktails. For something as American as apple pie, whiskey's roots reach back to Ireland and Scotland. Wait - is it whiskey or whisky? We'll get to the bottom of this intoxicating mystery!
Olives have long had a place in our kitchens and at our tables. To the Greeks and Romans, the olive wasn't just a source of food, but the fuel that lit their lamps and bolstered their economies. To this day, to figuratively extend the olive branch means to offer peace to your enemy. Learn more about the hearty olive, which not only tastes great but is good for you too!
Oregano and marjoram have a deeply entwined history. In fact, the name oregano is often used to refer to marjoram and vice versa. Confused? Don't be. We'll give you the scoop on these closely related herbs that bring a sweet and savory kick to meats and vegetables and why they're known as ancient symbols of love and happiness.
Papaya is a polarizing fruit. You either love the creamy cross between a mango and a squash or are totally grossed out by the flavor. It may not be the world's most popular tropical fruit, but it's definitely giving mango and pineapple a run for their money.
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)
Millet -- it's not just for birds! How did this ancient crop become synonymous with birdseed in the United States? And how did a plant once revered by the Chinese fall into obscurity? Thanks to millet's resistance to drought in an era of shifting climate, it's a grain to be rediscovered.
Where would we be without lemons? They even teach us lessons: When life gives us lemons, as the saying goes, we make lemonade. They've become so ubiquitous that it's hard to believe that they are a relatively recent addition to our kitchens.
Turnips remind us of the kid who got picked last in gym class. Compared to its fellow Brassica cousins, it lacks the royal pedigree of cauliflower and the modern cachet of kale. But as everything old is new again, is it poised to become a greenmarket favorite? If kale can, so can the turnip.
Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or homemade candy pro, we bet that once your loved ones or colleagues get a taste of these gorgeous, delectable treats - awesome gifts, all - you'll be fielding requests for years to come. Happy Holidays!
The national fruit of Japan, the autumnal hued persimmon still elicits head scratches on our side of the world. (It looks like a tomato! How do I eat it?) Add in a sometimes astringent, even bitter flavor and you've got a recipe for confusion. Are we missing out on a tasty treat? In a word, yes.
Difficult to cultivate and highly delicious, morels are so rare they command upwards of $30 a pound, depending on the market. But if you're lucky enough to live in morel country, you can forage this mushroom-y delicacy for free.
The humble ramp (aka the wild leek, aka ramson) has enjoyed a cult-like following for decades. Their fleeting appearance around the spring equinox sends people into a tizzy and is cause for online alerts when they arrive at New York City's Union Square Greenmarket. Much ado about a wild onion? Maaybe.
Before the year-round ubiquity of the supermarket orange, December heralded the navel, tangerine, satsuma and clementine season. And it's still the time when citrus is at its peak, its bright hue and golden taste a welcome if fleeting contrast to the dark days of winter -- a spark of sunlight in a time when the northern hemisphere has so little. Get 'em while they are here!
Could it be that cauliflower is the Wonder Bread of the vegetable world? Or is it stealthily packed with nutrients and enough Vitamin C to rival an orange? Surprisingly, the latter is true. Not bad for something writer Mark Twain once described as "cabbage with a college education."