real food right now
Real Food Right Now and How to Cook it (#realfoodrightnow) is our series on the ABCs and 123s of seasonal food.
We'd wager that at some point in your life, probably when you were a little kid, you stood under an oak tree holding an acorn and looked up thinking, "that big tree came from this little thing?" You may be surprised to learn that for many cultures' ancestors, the acorn was more than just a symbol of the wonders of life - it was a major food staple.
What food heralds the holidays more than the cranberry, in all its rubine glory? But you should eat this all-American Thanksgiving-y treat year round! Cranberries are exceptionally nutritious, and you can whip up a sauce in about as much time as it takes to open a can.
Americans eat roughly 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving alone, but turkey meat is much more than a holiday staple. Read on to learn all about this bird we know so well, and impress your friends and family with your knowledge of all things turkey!
Chia's popularity has increased exponentially in the last few years - but did you know that in Mexico, chia seeds have been used as both food and medicine for hundreds of years? There's a lot to learn about this diminutive seed - read on to find out more!
Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, but if your experience is limited to jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin spice lattes, you're missing out on a whole world of squashy goodness. Read all about it!
What do Velcro, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Stonehenge have in common? You guessed it: burdock! This not-so-pretty root vegetable has an interesting history, and features predominantly in Japanese and other cuisines. Read on to learn more about burdock - plus an easy recipe.
What is it about the chile pepper that keeps us coming back for more, despite the (sometimes unbearable) pain? Why are some pepper varieties sweet? Read on for answers and discover why the pepper is the geekiest of fruits. (Yes, fruits!)
Every fall in the US, fresh shell beans make an appearance at local farmers' markets. Their texture - creamier than any canned or dried bean - and fresh, nutty flavor will change the way you think about the humble bean.
This week's Real Food gets a bad rap -- it's heavily subsidized and heavily monocropped, a whopping 88% of it is genetically engineered and most of it becomes animal feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol. But we've got a soft spot for sweet corn, and we bet you do, too.
Tastes like chicken? Not this bird. Ostrich meat is "the other red meat" with a taste profile that more closely resembles beef than poultry. The birds are easy to raise, gentle on the land and their meat has a champion nutritional profile. Read on for more about this fascinating bird - plus a recipe for ostrich burgers!
Mussels are delicious, inexpensive and nutritious. And an added bonus? Eating mussels means that you're supporting a truly sustainable form of aquaculture! Read on to learn more about these humble bivalves - plus an easy recipe for white wine- steamed mussels. Yum!
Guava's exotic, funky flavor is a delicious addition to any fruit plate. Learn more about this tropical fruit (and sometimes pesky invasive) in this week's installment of Real Food Right Now. (Plus, recipes for guava paste and guava jelly!)
Bitter melon is...well...bitter. Its taste takes some getting used to, but combined with other strong flavors, like Indian spices and chiles, or fatty meats, like pork, its bitterness becomes a delicious asset. Plus, its purported health benefits many! Read on to learn all about this bitter fruit.
What is it about the cherry that urges us not to take the business of life so seriously? Even in the kitchen, the cherry keeps the fun and games going, an affable companion to both savory and sweet ingredients. Read on for all you ever wanted to know about delicious (and beautiful) cherries!
You know pansies, roses, hibiscus... but do you know nasturtium, chervil, day lilies, crocuses, lilacs, geraniums? All of these flowers are beautiful, of course, but they also taste great! In this week's installation of Real Food Right Now, what to look for, what to look out for - and, as always, recipes.
Delicious, nutritious watercress was used in ancient times as a medicinal plant (to prevent baldness and increase vigor, among other things), but in recent times has been relegated to just a garnish. But those in the culinary know are starting to pick up on the leafy green's ability to add a peppery bite to classics like BLTs. Read on for more info on wonderful watercress!