Friday’s food: Blueberries

From Florida to Canada, this versatile gem is harvested starting in early spring through late October.  While many of us grew up with blueberry pies and muffins, we can now find them in a wide array of products including yogurt, smoothies, salads, breakfast cereal and even trail mix.  They are related to the wild huckleberry and grow particularly…

Friday’s food: Arugula

Are you ready?  OK, here goes – garden rocket, rocket, eruca, rocketsalad, arugula rucola, rugola, ruchetta, rughetta, rukola, roquette, rokka, roka, ruca, beharki, voinicia, rucola, oruga, jareer, aruka, borsmstar – all refer to the same leafy salad green Americans commonly refer to as arugula.  Wow. With that many names, you’d expect it to be a…

Friday’s food: Hot peppers

As you can imagine, Europeans were very excited about hot peppers when they were first sampled. Just imagine what food, especially meat, must have tasted like without refrigeration. That is why so much of early trade route exploration was for spices. They were that important. Pungent and assertive seasonings could mask the taste of food…