Have You Tried Chickpeas?

Have you ever heard of legumes or pulse crops?  These foods count as either vegetables or as protein foods in our diet according to MyPlate. In case you missed it, 2016 was the International Year of the Pulses in celebration of these crops. The legume family consists of plants that produce seeds inside of a…
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Do You Eat The “Musical Fruit”?

You probably know the saying and ending, but here’s a new one without a rhyming ending.  Beans, beans the musical fruit the more you eat, the more you can improve your health. Dry beans are a popular crop to grow in North Dakota. You may be noticing fields of dry edible beans as you drive…
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Apples Really Are Good For You

You probably have heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The person who coined that phrase knew what he or she was talking about. Researchers have shown that apples are good for your health. Apples also provide taste, texture and color in your diet. Fall brings bountiful baskets of crisp apples…
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Test Your Food Preservation Knowledge

Gardens are bountiful and you may want to preserve the home-grown goodness for winter. When your kitchen counter is overflowing with tomatoes, you might hop on the web to find some information. Did you know that some of the information you find online could be downright harmful (even deadly)?  Here’s a quiz to test your…
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Canning Food Properly Is Vital

Food preservation season has arrived.  Please do it correctly so you don’t invite botulism to your dinner table. Botulism is a deadly form of food poisoning. It’s most commonly associated with improperly processed home-canned vegetables, such as peas, peppers, corn, lima beans, green beans and mushrooms, as well as other low-acid foods that are canned at…
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