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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

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Eating On Mars? Be Sure To Pack The Tortillas

It's not the hard work that will make astronauts lose it on long planetary missions — it's boredom. And something that can become very boring very fast is a rote menu. A simulated Mars mission reveals why cooking for others will be vital on long space journeys, and why wraps rule.
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Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

A bountiful blueberry crop this summer means lower prices. That's welcome news for consumers, but might spell trouble for blueberry farmers.
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Demystifying Saffron: Mark Bittman Explains The Pricey Spice

The stringy red spice is actually the dried stigma of a saffron flower. "It's exotic, it's expensive," says The New York Times columnist and cookbook author, but "it should be used."
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Can Quinoa Farming Go Global Without Leaving Andeans Behind?

At a "quinoa summit" this week, farmers from around the world are trading tips on how to turn this ancient Andean grain into a large-scale crop. Some Andean farmers who currently grow quinoa are asking, "What happens to us?"
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Drowning In Zucchini? 3 Recipes Can Help

Zucchini is the gift that keeps on giving — until it's really not such a great gift anymore. We asked three cooks which recipes they turn to when they're tired of the prodigious vegetables.
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Even Carnivores Are Putting More Fake Meat On Their Plates

Vegetarians aren't the only ones buying products like tempeh, tofu and seitan, a survey finds. Sales of meat alternatives climbed 8 percent between 2010 and 2012, thanks in part to meat eaters looking for a break from meat.
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If You Liked That Wine, You Should've Put A Ring On It

An art student has designed a line of jewelry specifically for tasting wine and cognac. One ring perches a petite wineglass atop your finger. Another is a miniature snifter. The spirit sippers aren't available for purchase, but if you're itching to don your stemware, try an old-fashioned tastevin.
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Virginia Wine Sales Set New Record

Virginia wines are continuing to sell at a record-breaking pace, with 511,000 cases having been sold in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

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How A Seed Saver Discovered One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes

At the farmers market this time of year, tomatoes are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky colors: green striped, white, pink, purplish-brown. Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing some of these heirloom varieties, like the Cherokee Purple.

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