Plant ingredients

Foods in the Sunflower Family – including Lettuce, Artichokes, and Chamomile

December 9, 2009 Foods

These plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae – also known as the aster family, the daisy family, or the composite family) are used for food: Absinthe/Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) – flower buds*, stem Belgian endive, Curly endive, Chicory, Escarole, Frisee, Radicchio (Chicorium endivia) – leaves Burdock/Gobo (Articum lappa) – root Cardoons […]

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Foods in the Carrot Family – Including Parsley, Celery, and Caraway

December 8, 2009 Foods

These plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae) are used for food (most common usage shown with *): Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) – seeds* Angelica (Angelica archangelica) – stems* (candied), seeds Anise (Pimpinella anisum) – seeds* Asafetida (Ferula assafoetida) – dried latex gum* Caraway (Carum carvi) – seeds* Carrot (Daucus carota) – root* and leaves […]

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Foods in the Grass Family – Wheat, Corn, Sugar, and Others

October 31, 2009 Foods

Cows, sheep, and related animals are designed to eat grass. The enzymes, acids and microbes in their four stomachs can digest the cellulose in the green stuff that makes up your lawn. We humans, on the other hand, can’t eat regular grass. However, we can eat parts of certain foods in the grass family. We […]

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Food Families

August 26, 2009 Animal foods

Foods grow up in families. At the highest level (called a kingdom), the family may be animals, or plants, or fungi, or bacteria.The food families are divided into smaller and smaller groups, so we can see how they’re related to each other. How is this relevant to food choices? Botanical relatives may have more than […]

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