Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie
- "The lettuce, peppers, and broccoli—plus a melon and an onion, with a watermelon soon to follow—aren't genetically modified at all. Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same technology that farmers have been using to optimize crops
for millennia. That doesn't mean they are low tech, exactly. Stark's division is drawing on Monsanto's accumulated scientific know-how to create vegetables that have all the advantages of genetically modified organisms without any of the Frankenfoods ick factor." [more inside]
The Ministry Of Food was a British government ministerial posts separated from that of the Minister of Agriculture. A major task of the latter office was to oversee rationing in the United Kingdom arising out of World War II. They made many newsreels and PSAs to inform the citizenry how to use the food rationing system: Rationing is introduced in 1939 The new ration books are coming! Cod Liver Oil Here's spud in your eye Don't cut that bread! DON'T WASTE FOOD! Dig For Victory! Milk is here!
In addition, some short films instructed people in how to best use the new rationing system : Two Cooks And A Cabbage How To Make Tea Rabbit Pie Buying black market meat: a Partner in CRIME A US view explaining UK rationing to the States.
Our minds boggle at how the wolf could become the chihuahua, the Saint Bernard, the poodle and the Komondor
. Artificial selection was likewise responsible for transforming the humble wild mustard plant Brassica oleracea
into cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and the breathtaking fractal Romanesco
, all in the span of a few centuries. [more inside]
Sit back and enjoy the many Italian recipes Great Chicago Italian Recipes.com
has to offer. This site will provide you with a culinary adventure into the world of Italian food and wine. Choose from poultry
, and sooo much more. Looking to finish off that perfect meal? Try Adriana's Italian Gourmet Cookies. [more inside]
– everything you need to know about the delicious fruits and vegetables you enjoy. Answers about how to lower your cholesterol or how to prepare asparagus. You’ll find loads of background and variety information, nutrition specifics, serving sizes, preparation ideas and care and handling tips.
Surreal photographic Foodscapes by photographer Carl Warner.
Strawberry hot air balloons, towers of cheese, potato boulders, green pea boats on seas of salmon, spice roads, and sugar beaches populate these intricate and luscious scenes. More dishy foodscapes (the plate rainbow = ♥!)
and other wonderful visual tricks at his Flash site
in the "Fotographics" section (look for the fabulous forest of boots and the white cotton winter wonderland!). [more inside]
They are delicious
, or at least they used to be. First came ethylene ripening
which turned them into tasteless red baseballs
, and taste was't the only problem
. Then came this year's
hurricanes which decimated the crops
, driving prices up
. And now, just
when you think you've found a really tasty variant
on the market with
the wonderfully appropriate name of UglyRipe
, the state growers
goes and bans them
for being too ugly
. If you agree that
go and tell the guys in charge
Man, that little red fruit sure does seem to cause
a lot of trouble
. Maybe we should try to smash them all
- a gallery of intricate work and eclectic subjects. In Thailand, there is a tradition of elaborately
, especially when preparing foods for royalty or as part of festivals such as Loi Krathong
. This gallery
offers some pictorial instructions; books, tools, and sample instructions are also available from the Temple of Thai
Interesting info for even the ardent salad
(via bifurcated rivets)
Fish & Veggie
: Healthy Dietary Life In Japanese Style.
Yams, yams, yams. Immortalized by Michelle Shocked's
song about the Yamboree Queen.
(Which I always thought was a joke, stupid me.) It turns out that most yams are really Sweet Potatoes
although yam-sweetpotatoes are also different from regular sweet pototes.
The confusion is much more widespread than my own Wabash Valley inflicted confusion between mangos and green bell peppers
Yam sweet-potatoes are a good source
of fiber, beta carotene and vitamin C if prepared fresh. True Mexican wild yam was used as a raw material for birth control pills
and is still claimed to useful for medicinal purposes.
It's national vegetarian week,
apparently. After reading this article on chicken nuggets
, I might be converting, not that I have ever eaten a chicken nugget, of course. It's not just junk food
that leaves one feeling green about the gills though.
I identified all of the vegetables in this quiz
, I don't know that I would want to eat all of them though.
While Americans celebrate history by eating (I have two cookouts to attend tonight), take a look at history you can eat
. The Garden State Heirloom Seed Society is trying to make sure we don't lose the thousands of varieties of vegetables and fruit developed over the years.