Yacon-Apple of the earth. It can  help control diabetes,weight loss and much more. A distant relative of the sunflower, yacon is a tuber vegetable resembling a yam. It is valued for its round or spindle-shaped tubers, which are usually eaten raw, but can also be boiled or baked.

The source of yacon’s delicious, sweet flavor is what makes it such a healthy alternative sweetener. Unlike sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial chemical sweeteners  the sweetening agent in yacon is actually good for you. That’s because it’s primarily composed of inulin. Yacon stores carbohydrates mainly in the form of inulin. [click to continue…]

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Labor of love: New purple tomato variety called “Indigo Rose” has the highest levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins in its fruit. This new tomato was bred to contain higher than normal levels of antioxidants. Like so many stories in the history of fruit breeding, the origin and development of Oregon State University’s (OSU) purple tomato “Indigo Rose” spans many continents and decades in the making.

Following on the veggie trail of the cancer-fighting “super broccoli” out of the UK last year, researchers from Oregon State University officially rolled out the new breed of tomato that contains anthocyanins, an antioxidant that gives blueberries and the Indigo Rose tomato their blueish-purple hue. [click to continue…]

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Hyacinths: Bring a sweet scent to your spring garden. You only need a handful to appreciate their beauty. They are easy to grow, readily available in garden centers and fill the air with an unmistakable sweet fragrance.

This member of the lily family is small and compact, so it’s most effective when planted in clusters. Each bulb produces strap-like leaves and a single rounded spike of tiny flowers on a leafless stem.

Today, almost all hyacinths are produced in Holland. The largest flower bulbs produce the tallest flowers and are best for indoor use. Mid-sized bulbs don’t need staking and hold up better in the garden.

These hardy bulbs need a period of chilling to grow and bloom properly. If you live in the South, the bulbs don’t get that because the soil stays warm in winter. But don’t waste your hard-earned money buying “ pre-cooled” bulbs – do the job yourself. [click to continue…]

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Sweet Onions. Grow, add to your plate to lose weight. Due to their natural richness of chromium. sweet onions help stimulate weight loss.  Providing the body with chromium, onions help us feel more energized and fuller for longer periods of time. This,  in turn, allows us to comfortably restrict our caloric intake.   [click to continue…]

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Why all the hype about growing onions? Because deciding what kind to grow can be a challenge.

You can decide by color (white, red, yellow) or by shape (globe, flattened, torpedo), but we mostly sort them out by their usage.

*    Storage onions usually have thicker skins, are a darker color, and have a more potent flavor.  The best ones, like “Copra” and “Prince”, will keep for months.Most varieties mature in 90 to 100 days from seed. [click to continue…]

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