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Asafoetida drawing from Flore Médicale by Chaumeton et al

Asafoetida drawing from Flore Médicale by Chaumeton et al

The bright yellow, herbaceous perennial known as turmeric, originally from South India, has America enamored with its oft-trumpeted health benefits.

10 Ways to Make Turmeric Part of Your Daily Diet. Turmeric tea: Dissolve 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric in 2 cups boiling water, and add 1 tablespoon of raw honey, the juice of a lemon wedge, and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Kabocha squash simmered with lemon - the method of cutting the squash recommended by Elizabeth Andoh in her excellent book on Japanese home cooking, "Washouku"

A simple recipe for a Japanese preparation of kabocha squash simmered in lemon, soy sauce, mirin and stock.

Mental Masala: Recipe: Kale and Bean Soup

With a thick broth, plump beans, and pleasingly bitter kale, this soup is one of my favorites.

Mental Masala: Search results for squash

Pumpkin with Tomatoes, Tomatillos and Chipotle Chiles

Mental Masala: Afternoon Tea in the Laboratory: Part 2

A look at a scientific paper that investigates how brewing temperature affects the concentration of caffeine in tea.

Mental Masala: Afternoon Tea in the Laboratory: Part 2

A look at a scientific paper that investigates how brewing temperature affects the concentration of caffeine in tea.

A well dressed man practices viparitakarani. The drawing is from an article about yoga, New York Herald, March 27, 1898. The article is called "If You Want to Be a Yogi and Have Heavenly Dreams Study These Postures," and was an important source for "The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America," by Stefanie Syman (2010).

Drawing in an article about yoga, New York Herald, March 1898

Nenuphar blanc. Dessin en couleur tiré de "Flore médicale" Chaumeton et Turpin en 8 volumes - Paris 1814-1820.  Planches avec dessin de la plante et souvent fleur, fruit et autres détails. Noms français donnés par l'auteur.

Nenuphar blanc. Dessin en couleur tiré de "Flore médicale" Chaumeton et Turpin en 8 volumes - Paris 1814-1820. Planches avec dessin de la plante et souvent fleur, fruit et autres détails. Noms français donnés par l'auteur.

Mental Masala: Does the edible percentage of an avocado depend on its size?  The edible percentage is consistent across the span of weights, centered around 70%, meaning that the amount of flesh you get from a Hass avocado is relatively independent of the total weight.

Does the Edible Percentage of an Avocado Depend on Its Size?

Mental Masala: There's Devil's Tongue in My Stew

Mental Masala: There's Devil's Tongue in My Stew

The number of mentions of superfood and superfoods in Google books (a "Google Ngram") from 1900 to 2008.

The number of mentions of superfood and superfoods in Google books (a "Google Ngram") from 1900 to 2008.

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