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  1. Honeydew: 7 Fun Facts

    The sweet, juicy flesh of a honeydew melon is one of summer's supreme pleasures. Here's what you need to know about this luscious fruit -- including where it came from, how to choose it, and the novel deal that Alexander Dumas rigged to get a lifetime supply. Plus, we've got a melon prosciutto salad

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  2. Cucumbers: 9 Things You Didn't Know

    1. Cousin to Melons Cucumbers belong to the plant family cucurbitaceae, which includes melons, squash, and pumpkins. 2. Colorful Cukes Cucumbers come in many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors, including white, yellow, and even orange. 3. Slicing vs. Pickling  Two common kinds of cucumbers grown in

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  3. Bok Choy: 10 Fun Facts

    A staple in Asian cooking, this round-leafed vegetable may be less familiar to American cooks. Here's what you need to know -- including what its name means, how to wash it, and how to use it. 1. Bok Choy's Name Bok choy is sometimes referred to as white cabbage, not to be confused with Napa cabbage

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  4. 5 Fun Facts About Carrots

    1. First Use People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments. 2. They're How Old? Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a

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  5. 3 Ways to Cook Butternut Squash

    Butternut squash is low in calories (just 41 in a half-cup serving) and a good source of filling fiber. It's also chock full of yellow- and orange-hued antioxidants known as carotenoids. These nutrient powerhouses may help protect against heart disease and cancer, says American Institute for Cancer

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  6. 3 Ways to Cook Healthy on the Grill

    Nothing says summer like a sizzling grill. But too often, the all-American- cookout involves a lot of red meat. Eating too much red meat on a regular basis can raise the risk of colorectal cancer, studies show. And when that meat is grilled, a new problem arises. Exposing any type of meat to high te

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  7. The Truth About Beet Juice

    Most lists of "super foods" don't include beetroot juice, but maybe they should. Beet juice may boost stamina to help you exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure, some research shows. Why? Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your

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  8. Getting Too Much of Vitamins And Minerals

    Nowadays, everything from bottled water to orange juice seems to have souped-up levels of vitamins and minerals in it. That may sound like a way to help cover your nutritional bases, especially if your diet is less than stellar. But routinely getting an overload of vitamins and minerals can hurt you

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  9. Off the Menu: Jeff Michaud

    The most valuable lesson chef Jeff Michaud learned during the 3 years he spent cooking in Northern Italy had less to do with food than with family. "Eating in Italy always happened at the table with family around you, especially on Sundays," says Michaud, winner of the 2010 James Beard Award for Bes

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  10. 3 Ways to Cook Eggplant

    If you're stuck in a menu rut, think purple. The jewel-toned eggplant is often overlooked, but offers many possibilities. Kids are drawn to this fruit (eggplant is technically not a vegetable), and it's in season right now, says Gila Daman RD, CDN. She's a dietitian at Jacobi Medical Center in New Y

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