Bell peppers are nightshade plants and are related to chili peppers. They originated in South America as early as 5000 BC, and Christopher Columbus mistakenly named them “pepper,” which means pimiento in Spanish. When Spanish conquistadors discovered they were extremely tasty, they carried them back to Europe, and, luckily, the plants were hardy and highly adaptableRead More →

Noni is an exotic fruit also known as Indian mulberry, beach mulberry, great Morinda, Lada, Wild Pine, or Tahitian noni. The noni tree produces fruit year round. It usually grows in hot tropical climates but can be found growing on rocky mountains, in lush tropical forests, or along sandy seashores. Noni isRead More →

Plums come in all colors—white, green, yellow, red, and purple—and they’re delicious. Yet, plums are more than colorful or delicious. They have numerous health benefits. For instance, plums will help you slim down, protect you against macular degeneration, regulate digestion, and give you gorgeous legs all at the same time. Here’s how:Read More →

Cheese predates history, and the earliest evidence of cheese was found in Egyptian tombs dating to 2000 BCE. So, by the time of the Roman Empire arrived making cheese was an art form. From there cheese and cheese manufacturing expanded, until the first cheese factory opened in the early 1800sRead More →

Agave is in the succulent plant family and related to Yucca plants. It looks somewhat prickly and although some people think agaves are related to the cactus or aloe vera, they are not. In fact, the agave is related to the amaryllis or the lily and is native to Mexico, but found throughout Central and SouthRead More →