While these berries may look small, they boast great nutritional value. A great source of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin P, and the B-complex vitamins B1, B6, and B12. By eating only 3 ounces of this power fruit, you’ll meet 37 percent of your daily required vitamin A, 13 percent of your required niacin, 18 percent of your recommended vitamin C, and 39 percent of your vitamin D requirement. .
Pichuberries grow inside husks that assimilate small lanterns, as tomatillos do. Native to Peru, the Pichuberry is being grown here in Arizona. In fact, the company is in collaboration with the University of Arizona, doing research on the crop. Pichuberries are great in a variety of recipes from sweet to savory. In fact, you may have already enjoyed Los Muertos Pichuberry Salsa or Iconic Cocktail’s Pichuberry mixer.
Carolina shares one of her favorite dinner recipes using this superfood. Say hi to her Saturdays at the market and discover more recipes she’s cooking up at home.
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2. In other parts of the world, this functional vegetable is also known as gumbo or lady fingers.
3. The pods, when cut, exude a mucilaginous juice that is used to thicken stews (like gumbo), and have a flavor somewhat like a cross between asparagus and eggplant.
4. Okra probably originated somewhere around Ethiopia, and was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians by the 12th century B.C.
5. Okra seeds have been toasted, ground and used a coffee substitute for centuries.
The watermelon from the market is so sweet and fresh! It’s a great salad addition, frozen snack and refreshing drink. We found this recipe for watermelon juice in anEdible Phoenix from 2009.
This week challenge yourself to making watermelon juice for the house. Add different herbs like mint or basil for extra flavor. Or try this delicious cocktail from Scaling Back Blog.
Share your favorite market recipes and we’ll post them on our blog! We love to get inspired by different dishes.
1. The word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.
2. Cherries belong to the rose family.
3. The English colonists brought cherries to North America in the 1600’s.
4. Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia.
5. Cherries are a small source of zinc; and moderate sources of iron, potassium, and manganese; and good source of copper. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Native Seeds/SEARCH is a vital leader in the Southwest region for conserving and promoting crop diversity to strengthen community resilience and food security. The mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH (Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resources Clearing House) is to conserve, distribute, and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.
Crop diversity is key to achieving sustainable food security both globally and within our own region of focus, the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. NS/S approach to food security focuses on seed security, which relies on the conservation and sharing of appropriate crop diversity and the knowledge to use that diversity effectively. Their programs are designed to address these goals and broadly entail:
Learn more this weekend at the market where we will be hosting Native Seeds/SEARCH for a FREE workshop starting at 9am.
Find more ways to get involved with their organization here: http://www.nativeseeds.org/get-involved
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