Olives are one of the oldest foods and thought to have originated in Crete or Syria between five and seven thousand years ago. The olive tree has provided food,since ancient time, also provided fuel, timber and medicine for many civilizations, and has been regarded as a symbol of peace. The venerable oil of the olive has been consumed since as early as 3,000 B.C.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The terms "shrimp" and "prawns" can be confusing. Even scientists often use these words inconsistently. Larger shrimp often come from freshwater, are referred to as "prawns," while smaller shrimp often come from saltwater habitats, are called "shrimp." The size, "large" typically means that you get about 40 or less per cooked pound, in comparison to about 50 for "medium" and 60 for "small". But from a science perspective, both shrimp and prawns can come from saltwater or freshwater, and there is no absolute standard for measuring small, medium, or large.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Bell peppers have been cultivated for more than 9000 years, earliest cultivation having taken place in South and Central America. While the name "pepper" was given to this food by European colonizers of North America who first came across it in the 1500, 1600's and then transported it back to Europe, the original name for this food in Spanish was pimiento.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
North American apple harvesting began at Jamestown in 1607. They brought with them seeds and cuttings from Europe, while the original varieties planted were not all suited for cultivation in the New World, their seeds began to produce all new varieties of American apples. Many of these apples were bitter, unlike the sweet varieties we enjoy today, but they had an important purpose, cider.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Today, teriyaki dishes are found in several type of cuisine. Teriyaki is a way of Japanese cooking. The word, teriyaki is 2 words. Teri means luster and yaki means broil or grilled.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Our word soup comes from French soup, which derived from Vulgar Latin suppa, from the post classical Latin verb suppare, to soak. This indicated bread soaked in broth, or a liquid poured onto a piece of bread.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
The avocado is home to Mexico; there are larger varieties of avocado, the Haas has the creamiest, most delicious flesh. Nearly all avocados grown in Mexico are Hass.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The heat of peppers confuse you? A while back I wrote an article about the pepper heat rating, known as the Scoville Scale. This chart would be good to print or scan and take to the store next time you go grocery shopping.