three million gallons of water per minute More than one billion gallons of water in California go to growing alfalfa—a nutrient-rich plant in high dema…
This week we nerd out on watermelons (available May to October). All living beings on Earth constantly search for water—tree roots grow into cracked or…
arugula salad with politics on the side In 2007, at the mandatory Iowa stop, presidential hopeful Barack Obama greeted the crowd and then offended at l…
This week we nerd out on arugula (available year-round). Arugula: the leafy green that is a popular salad ingredient and isn't a lettuce.
wait, how much for a basket of strawberries? Now that winter’s gone, there’s a new fruit in town: the strawberry! After a winter season full of citrus,…
This week, we nerd out on Brussels sprouts (available September - May). Abuelitas, omas, or grandmas leave edible legacies. “The way grandma used to ma…
This week we nerd out on makrut lime (fruit available November-January, leaves available year-round). “As American as apple pie” is an idiom that descr…
This week we explore sweet potatoes (peak availability September-December). Sometimes the best way to understand what something is, is to start from wh…
Think back to a recent memory of eating a pear. Chances are texture may be one of the more salient aspects of that memory. If so, there’s a tiny reason…
This week we nerd out on honeydew melons (available June-October). Has anyone ever said something simple that, for whatever reason, reaches you in an u…
This week we nerd out on tomatoes (available June-October). Social distancing has made it difficult to meet new people. But, through food, I managed to…
This week we nerd out on green beans (available June - November). Most of you reading this post have had beans at least once, perhaps in a burrito, tos…