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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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52 Ingredients: Rum

We all remember Jack Sparrow’s comedic outrage upon finding his precious rum set ablaze by the aristocratic Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. As a drink, rum can be quite potent and delicious. It can also add an intense flavor dynamic when used in cooking. And when enjoyed in moderation, rum can actually improve your health. Read on...

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52 Ingredients: Persimmon

The first time I saw persimmon was a couple of years ago when I participated in an organic produce home delivery service. At the time, I thought my palate was fairly well-versed. But after taking my first bite of this little orange alien fruit, I realized just how sheltered my taste buds had been all this time. The persimmon was sweet, with the textural consistency of a pear. After I finished stuffing my face with the fruit, my joy turned to sadness when I realized that I didn’t have another persimmon to eat.

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52 Ingredients: Seaweed

If you’ve ever been to the beach and seen piles of green slimy plants just hanging out in the sand, you’ve encountered seaweed. As it’s lying on the beach while you apply your sunscreen, you probably aren’t thinking about that slimy sea plant as a hefty source of nutrition, but you really should. There is more to this nutrient-dense sea vegetable than meets the eye.

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52 Ingredients: Green Beans

Green beans, also known as string beans, have been popular for ages. From the infamous green bean casserole that appears at every Thanksgiving get together to Lorde’s misheard song lyrics, this little bean demands your attention.

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