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52 Ingredients: Quinoa

"While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom." -Philip White With props like that, it’s no wonder quinoa has quickly and mightily entered many American diets—and vocabularies (it’s pronounced KEEN-wah). In the past five years, this superfood has gone from a natural food store exclusive to a mainstream staple.

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52 Ingredients: Vanilla

Which of the following statements are true? Vanilla is the fruit of a flower, which blooms one day per year and dies within a few hours Fresh vanilla beans have no taste or aroma Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world Only one type of bee can pollinate a vanilla plant Did you guess 2? Or 3? Actually, all four are true! This spice, ...

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52 Ingredients: Parsnips

Parsnips are cousins of carrots and are also closely related to parsley. In fact, the three hang out a lot in stews and at family reunions. Learn more about the wild life of the common parsnip.

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52 Ingredients: Spinach

Maybe Popeye liked the canned stuff or maybe he liked the convenience of canned spinach when it came to protecting the lovely Olive Oyl. Whatever the reason, I think he, as well as many a cartoon-watching child, would love the fresh stuff. So, what makes spinach so delightful?

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52 Ingredients: Basil

Native to India, basil hails from the Lamiaceae family along with mint, lavender, sage and rosemary. That’s one tasty household! Though multiple varieties of Ocimum basilicum exist, the kind most commonly associated with Italian and Taiwanese cuisine is called sweet basil. And that’s the kind we’re going to focus on here.

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