Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), that crunchy, white bulbous plant with green stalks and feathery fronds is a tasty delight. But did you know it played a major transport role in Greek mythology? Prometheus wanted to give humans a special gift. So he stole lightning from top Olympian god Zeus and smuggled the gift of fire to

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Sweet Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato…Sweet Potato! Sweet potatoes rank high on the “irresistible foods” menu for Thanksgiving Day. Not surprising. The tuber, considered a superfood, is colorful, moist and naturally sweet-tasting, low in calories and sodium, and packed with vitamins and minerals. The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), is a Native American plant of the morning glory

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Artichokes

The artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) may have thorns and an armor-like appearance, but it is a vegetable with a tender heart. This member of the thistle group of the sunflower family is a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region and one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, recorded as early as

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Figs

The fig is the tasty, sensuous fruit of one of the world’s oldest trees, genus Ficus carica or common fig, a member of the mulberry (Moraceae) family. This deciduous tree grows 10-30 ft. tall. Its broad palmate leaves, with 5-7 lobes, feel rough on the surface and softly hairy on the underside. The branches do not bear

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