Monthly Archives: February 2011

Quintoniles/ Amaranth greens/Amaranthus hypochondriachus

Did you know that amaranth is one of the oldest foods on earth? It’s true. Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of herbs originating from Latin America and presently cultivated in several areas of the world. Amaranthus … Continue reading

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Capulin/Jamaican Cherry/Muntingia calabura

There is something truly wonderful about standing in the shade of a Capulin tree with ripe cherries, and picking them and eating them right there on the spot. I have such fond memories of Capulin cherry picking as a kid! … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents Day everyone!

Wishing everyone a Happy Presidents Day, and assuming you have all decorated your house with your Presidents’ Tree, and dashing off to your local businesses for those great Presidents Day sales! Did you know that this holiday was established originally … Continue reading

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The Titicaca frog/Telmatobius culeus

[Caution: The following post may be offensive if you are overly sensitive or have a weak stomach.] Your most vital nutritional needs in a survival situation are protein and fat. Most insects are rich in both. Turn off your cultural … Continue reading

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Algarrobo Blanco/ The Argentine Mesquite /Prosopis Alba

Prosopis alba is a South American tree species that inhabits the center part of Argentina, the Gran Chaco ecoregion and part of the Argentine Mesopotamia. It is known as Algarrobo Blanco in Spanish, which means “white carob tree” The Argentine … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Personally, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Why? Because I am a certified Valentine Birthday girl and I just turned another year older. For me, celebrating my birthday every year is like celebrating it with the whole world. However, this has … Continue reading

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The Incredible Origins of the Maya Civilization

According to the archaeologists, the Classic Maya civilization flourished between 200 B.C. and A.D. 900 — incorporating more than 100,000 square miles of the Yucatan lowlands. It was a civilization of great lords, small elite who ruled over as many … Continue reading

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Anona/Soursop/Annona muricata

Annona muricata is native to the Andean-highland valleys. The fruit is oval, often slightly oblique, 10-20 cm long and 7-10 cm diameter, with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The tree thrives throughout the subtropics at altitudes of 4,000 8,500 feet. … Continue reading

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Acerola/Puerto Rican Cherry/Malpighia punicifolia

Have you ever heard of Acerola and did you know that it has been considered the number one superfood in the whole world? For such a little fruit, the Acerola cherry (also known as Puerto Rican cherry) is packed with … Continue reading

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Para Cress/Toothache Plant / Acmella Oleracea

Has anybody heard of the “Toothache Plant” aka Szechuan Buttons? This spring-blooming annual flower is called the toothache plant because when you chew on the leaves or flowers particularly the young buds, contain a natural analgesic which numbs the tongue … Continue reading

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