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Garlic

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Antioxidants

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Artichoke

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Artisanal Food

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Asparagus

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Beets

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Biodynamics

Developed in the early 1920s based on the teachings of Austrian writer and social activist, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, biodynamics refers to an spiritual, ethical and ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition.

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Broccoli

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Bulgur Wheat

One of the oldest cultivated grains, bulgur wheat is the product of wheat kernels that have been steamed, dried and crushed. It is commonly featured in Middle Eastern cuisine, most notably in tabbouleh, a popular cold salad.

Bulgur is a whole-grain wheat that is easy to cook and an inexpensive source of low-fat protein. It is high in fiber, manganese, iron, and magnesium. It is also rich in folate, niacin, phosphorous, copper and zinc.

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Cactus Pads

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California’s Drought

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Cantaloupe

The most popular type of melon in the US, cantaloupe is a favorite among sweet tooths for its candy-like flavor.

It is immediately recognizable by its brown, shell-like rind that can be easily removed to expose the soft, orange flesh beneath.

Being descended from tropical fruits, cantaloupe does best in warm climates where it can complete its lengthy ripening process.

As a result, summer is usually the most ideal season for harvesting cantaloupe.

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Century Eggs

A Chinese delicacy, century eggs are duck eggs that have been preserved in a saline solution of ash, lime, salt, clay and rice for weeks or even months. When preservation is complete, the shell of the egg will become speckled, giving it an aged appearance. The yolk will become dark green, creamy and cheese-like, and the whites will turn into a dark-colored jelly.

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Chayote

The chayote is a part of the gourd family, along with melons, cucumbers and squash.

Known for its pear-like shape and its fruity, fresh flavor, it is an essential ingredient to any imitator of Cajun or Creole cuisine.

Though the chayote originated from Mexico, the word itself deriving from ancient Aztec, it spread quickly across the Caribbean Ocean, then over to Louisiana.

Due to its toughness when eaten raw, the squash is hardly ever used uncooked in a dish, save for in salads or salsas.

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Chiffonade

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Clean Food

The key aspect to the clean food movement is eating foods that are as close to their natural state and point of origin as possible. The movement also adopts “slow foods” lifestyle – foods that are grown, prepared and eaten without the fast food rush. For example, instead of purchasing prepared chicken nuggets from a fast food restaurant or a grocery store, they would cook their own chicken.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA, or community supported agriculture, has become a popular way for consumers to buy local and seasonal produce directly from a farmer. The consumer purchases a “share” (or membership) from a farmer and in return, they receive a box of fresh produce (or coffee, meat, or whatever else the producer chooses) each week throughout the farming season. Some CSAs allow you to choose every-other-week schedules, adding extra things like handmade pasta or nuts, or even different sizes of boxes.

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Companion Planting

Different plants have natural elements in different parts (roots, leaves and flowers) that can either repel and/or attract insects, and can also help enrich the cultivation and flavor of other plants. Gardeners can plant a variety of flowers and herbs as companion plants to fit their certain needs. For example, companion plants can help to repel pests while still attracting beneficial insects.

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