A small, shiny black member of the bean family, the black turtle beans, are a popular part of Latin American cuisines where they have been grown and consumed since thousands of years. Food historians indicate that European explorers introduced them to the rest of the world because they were low in cost and easy to grow and now they are used in South Louisianian (Cajun and Creole) and Punjabi (South Asian) cuisines as well.
Chamomile is a name commonly used for a daisy like plant that has been used for a thousand of years to prepare traditional medicine. Chamomile plant has two types; German chamomile and Roman chamomile. Both these types of chamomile are native to Western Europe and western Asia. However, today chamomile is also cultivated commercially in many parts of the world for use as a herbal tea and pharmaceutical extracts.
Blueberries are a fruit of a perennial flowering plant native to the North America. They are an essential ingredient of many recipes used to make; cakes, muffins, pies, ice-creams, smoothies, salads etc and are being consumed by humans since ancient times. This is because the delightful and juicy taste of the blueberries that can turn many pale dishes into tasty ones. However, in the modern world after many researches health experts have now begun to encourage everyone to include blueberries in their daily diet because of their amazing health benefits.
Pumpkin seeds as the name suggests are obtained from the famous Jack-o’-lantern vegetable. Pumpkin seeds have a white flat and oval shaped outer hull and are light green in color. Pumpkin seeds are also called Pepita and have a chewy and nutty texture. Mostly the pumpkin seeds are salty roasted for consumption, but they are also used to prepare a variety of tasty dishes and are even consumed as a whole.
Spinach is a flowering leafy green that belongs to the Amaranth family. It is believed that Spinach originated in Persia from where it reached Europe in the 12th century and became a favorite vegetable of many people. Spinach is now grown in many parts of the world including the United States, Europe and Asia. It is an annual vegetable and is grows in the winter season of temperate areas.