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Nasturtiums and the birds and the bees

Hummingbirds and ancient bees are responsible for the color and shape of nasturtium blossoms and have a unique view of them, explains Jeanne over salad.  Fall frost hasn’t yet claimed our nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus; Tropaeolaceae family). The large, colorful blooms amidst … Continue reading

Maca: A Valentine’s Day Call for Comparative Biology

Sometimes food is medicine, and sometimes that medicine is an aphrodisiac. Such is the case with Andean staple maca. What elevates this high-altitude root vegetable above its cruciferous brethren? The ancient Greek Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, famously said: … Continue reading


This is our first of two contributions to Advent Botany 2015. Sugar plums dance, sugar cookies disappear from Santa’s plate, and candied fruit cake gets passed around and around. Crystals of sugar twinkle in the Christmas lights, like scintillas of … Continue reading

The most political vegetables: A whirlwind tour of the edible crucifers

Jeanne provides an overview of the cultivated brassicas. Two days after the re-election of Barack Obama, the arugula at the farmer’s market reminded me of John Schwenkler’s excellent commentary from the 2008 campaign season on political trends in food choices, taking … Continue reading

Outline View (with links)

The food plants listed here are classified according to names and relationships accepted by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, maintained by the Missouri Botanical Garden: Stevens, P. F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 12, July 2012. Obviously, this list does … Continue reading