Seasonal Produce Guides

Pomegranates: Health Benefits and Uses

Pomegranate

Classified as a berry, the pomegranate is native to Persia and is one of the oldest known fruits. used for food as well as medicinally for centuries. Its prime season in most parts of the world is September through January. This slightly tart yet sweet berry takes some effort to prepare and eat — as basically, it’s a collection of lots of seeds, but with all of its health benefits, you may find it worth your while. Besides the whole, fresh fruit you can purchase pomegranate juice, and even pomegranate oil.  more→

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Kohlrabi Strives for a Comeback

purple kohlrabi

Contributed by Zel Allen. Kohlrabi, once the favored vegetable of European nobles and peasants alike, has fallen off the veggie pop charts. However, we predict a comeback for this neglected member of the Brassica oleracea family, more commonly called the cabbage family. Some people have mistakenly labeled kohlrabi a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. This is understandable, since both are members of the brassica family, but they are not of the same variety. more→

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Healthy and Tasty Vegan Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli steamed

Broccoli may have lost a bit of its standing in the world of cruciferous veggies now that kale has taken over this world, but it’s still a powerhouse veggie by all standards. A particularly rich source of Vitamins C and K, it’s also a great source of dietary fiber and numerous other vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Best of all, once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s one of the tastiest and most versatile green veggies you’ll welcome into your kitchen. Here are some VegKitchen favorites.

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Healthy and Delicious Spinach Recipes

Raw Spinach in bowl

If you’re looking for easy, tasty, and healthy vegan spinach recipes, look no further! Among the dark, leafy greens, spinach is among the quickest to cook (or you don’t have to cook it at all), and perhaps the most versatile. Learn more about the benefits of this leafy wonder, as well as some tips, in Spinach: A Powerhouse Veggie. Here’s VegKitchen’s wide array of recipes. more→

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Healthy and Easy Vegan Kale Recipes

Kale and red cabbage stir-fry recipe

Here’s a comprehensive listing of VegKitchen’s easy and healthy vegan kale recipes. Kale is one of the hottest food trends going these days, and since it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, VegKitchen is all to happy to jump on the bandwagon. Not only is kale super healthy, it’s also extremely versatile. And once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s quite tasty as well. If the recipes listed below aren’t enough for you, or you prefer your recipes in book form, you can also explore Nava’s book, Wild About Greens. more→

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Olives: Varieties and Recipes

Olive varieties

Olives belong to the group of fruit called drupes that also includes mangos, plums and almonds, among others. They have been used for over 2,000 years by various cultures all over the world for food as well as medicine. One serving of olives has only 25 calories and 2.5 grams of fat and count as a serving of fruit. Olives have no trans fats, no cholesterol, are low in carbohydrates and free of allergens. They are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats!), vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium and natural antioxidants.

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Mushroom Recipes

Portabellas and other mushrooms

Mushroom fans, rejoice! VegKitchen gives you many ways to enjoy this unique food group, from the ordinary white variety, to the earthy brown types (like baby bella, cremini, and portabella), to the more exotic forms such as shiitake and enoki. If you’re looking for a way to use a particular type of mushroom, use the search bar that’s at the very top right of each page. more→

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Eggplant: An Extravaganza of Recipes

Eggplant varieties

Here are eggplant recipes galore, perfect for eggplant lovers everywhere! Eggplant comes in a number of varieties, from tiny Japanese to white and magenta types, and all the familiar glossy dark purple ones in between.While eggplant isn’t a nutritional superstar in terms of vitamins, and minerals compared to green veggies, it still boasts its share, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber as well as a few valuable antioxidants. Eggplant is also extraordinarily versatile, and those who love it will appreciate its presence in everything from salads to dips to soups and stews. more→

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