8 Surprising Facts About Nutrition Labels

Reading nutrition labels can be intimidating and often times deceiving if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here are eight things to pay close attention to when you’re making decisions about what to put in your body.

1. Serving Size

Many of us know a whole pint of ice cream contains more than one serving (some of us eat it all in one sitting anyway), but many foods and beverages contain a surprising (and unrealistic) serving size. For example, chips often have serving sizes that are unreasonably low – usually about 10 chips. Nutrition labels are calculated for one serving of a food. If you eat more than one serving, you’ll have to do some math, because once a serving size changes, everything on the label changes.

 

2. Calorie Count

The word “calories” has a negative connotation, but your body needs calories to produce energy (so you can do fun stuff like go for walks or work in your garden). As long as you are balancing the number of calories eaten and burned, you will maintain your weight. The number of calories you need per day is specific to your gender, activity level, and weight goals.

The number of calories in a serving of food is listed on the nutrition label, and directly next to the calorie count is a number showing calories from fat. Calories come from fats, proteins, or carbohydrates, with fat providing the most calories. Vitamins, minerals and indigestible fiber have no calories. A calorie is a calorie, regardless of where it comes from, but the source of calories does matter for health. For example, 100 calories in a big bowl of spinach come with lots of nutrients and fiber that will help fill you up, the 100 calories in one-third of a muffin have few nutrients, and are “empty” calories.

 

3. The Nutrients

You’re probably familiar with most of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals listed on a nutrition label, but some of them may not be so obvious. It’s worth doing research to fully understand what everything on the label means (including those sometimes mysterious ingredients listed at the bottom of the label). 

Here’s a quick cheat sheet:

Eat more of: dietary fiber, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron

Eat less of: fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium

Studies have found that trans fats significantly increase your risk of heart disease, because it raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. High LDL levels may put you at risk for heart disease because the cholesterol collects in the walls of your blood vessels, where it can cause blockages. High sodium intake can also lead to heart disease by increasing blood pressure.

Food labels break down total fat into saturated fats and trans fats (stay away from these), and total carbohydrates are broken down into dietary fibers (the good stuff) and sugars (the not so good stuff).

 

4. %DV

%DV looks like another cryptic code, but it stands for percent of Daily Value and helps you understand how much of your daily dietary needs are being met by a certain food.  %DV represents the percentage of a nutrient in one serving of a food in terms of the recommend amount of each nutrient per day. (Remember to think of this as per day and not just per meal.)

You’ll see a %DV next to things like carbohydrates, sodium, and dietary fiber on the label. The percentage makes it easy to compare nutrients in different foods as long as the serving sizes are similar. Aim for a percentage of 20% or more for nutrients you want to consume more of (like calcium) and look for a %DV of 5% or less in nutrients you want less of (like sodium).  %DVs are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which may differ a bit from your daily caloric intake.

 

5. Ingredient List

This is the most important part for knowing exactly what you’re eating. Food companies sometimes use cryptic language and make it confusing to figure out. For instance, there are a lot of words that really just mean sugar.  Ingredients are listed in order of the amount present in the food, so the first ingredient makes up the largest percentage and the last, the lowest.  

Our friend Michael Pollan has a few great recommendations in his book “Food Rules”:

  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third‐grader cannot pronounce.
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
  • Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature
  • Avoid food products that have more than 5 ingredients.

 

6. Flours: Enriched, Bleached, Whole Wheat

Enriched flour is in the majority of packaged food products you see on grocery shelves, but the name is definitely deceiving. “Enriched” flour actually has been stripped of nutrients during the refinement process, but B vitamins, iron, and sometimes calcium are added back in.

Bleached flour is turned from yellow to white using chemicals such as chlorine or benzoyl peroxide to oxidize the flour. Your body reacts to these refined carbs the same way it would to sugar!

For healthier, naturally nutrient-rich grain products, look for 100% whole wheat in the ingredients. Unbleached whole wheat flour offers higher fiber and protein for a similar amount of calories, so you’ll feel fuller for a longer period of time.

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7. “Reduced” and “low”

These two words don’t mean the same thing and can be misleading. A food labeled as “reduced” simply means it contains at least 25 percent less of something, but doesn’t necessarily mean it has a low amount of it. For example, reduced fat sliced cheese may have 33% less fat than the full fat cheese, but it still has more than half its calories coming from fat and contains 11% of your daily recommended intake of saturated fat! And often, reduced ingredients are simply replaced with other, more unhealthy ingredients – like fat being replaced with sugar. No matter what the front of the label says in big bold letters, always check the actual numbers and serving size.

8. “Zero” and “free”

This one tidbit may have you questioning everything: labeling laws allow any food with 0.5 grams or less of an ingredient to claim “0 grams” or “[insert ingredient] free” on the label. Surprise – sugar free candy, cookies, and ice cream aren’t carb free or calorie free. Foods with less than 0.5 grams of trans fat can be labeled trans fat free or say zero grams, but if you eat that food frequently, the trans fat can build up to be much more than zero grams. The only way to tell is a food is really free of something is to check the ingredients list.

While these are a great jumping off point, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reading nutrition labels. Ultimately, it’s worth doing research to find out what ingredients and nutrients make the most difference for your diet and health condition, and pay special attention to those items on nutrition labels the next time you’re wandering the aisles of the  grocery store.

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Mushroom Dumplings

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These vegetarian mushroom dumplings look impressive, but are easy to make at home! Have fun shaping and cooking the dumplings any way you like – you can steam them for 10 minutes, fry them, saute them, or boil them. Serve as a great appetizer or add them to soup.

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Makes 16 dumplings

Ingredients:

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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup oyster mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1/3 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • wonton wrappers

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp scallions, thinly sliced
  • pinch of black sesame seeds
  • pinch of Togarashi chili powder (optional)

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Directions:

1. Heat vegetable and sesame oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped onion. Cook for 3 minutes.

2. Add oyster mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add minced ginger and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Add cabbage, carrots, scallions, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and mix well. Cook for 8 minutes.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste and spoon filling into a bowl. Cool filling for 15 minutes.

4. Fill each wonton wrapper with 1 teaspoon of the filling. Use water to wet the edges of the wonton wrapper. Bring all 4 corners of the wrapper together and press the edges together to seal tightly. You can also fold the wonton wrapper in half diagonally for an easy way to wrap the filling.

5. Bring a small pot of water to a gentle boil. Drop dumplings into the water a few at a time and cook for 1-2 minutes. Drop dumplings into cold water and drain.

6. For the dipping sauce, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Enjoy dumplings with dipping sauce or in a bowl of wonton soup!

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Greek Salad in a Jar

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This salad in a jar may be your next go-to for a light lunch! It’s easy to make the night before and bring it on the go. The fresh oregano in the dressing really makes the flavors pop!

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Dressing

  • 1 tbsp red vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1/3 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded

For extra protein, add 1/3 cup of shredded chicken.

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Directions:

Dressing:
1. Add all ingredients with salt and pepper to taste to a jar. Shake well.

Assemble Salad:
1. Add dressing to jar, then layer chickpeas, cucumber, onion, cherry tomatoes, feta and lettuce into the jar. To serve pour the salad into a large bowl and mix well!
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Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

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Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob – it’s a fantastic, classic side for a BBQ! In the unlikely case that you have leftovers, cut the corn off the cob and mix it with the herbed butter to make a quick roasted corn salad!

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Makes 3/4 cup butter and can be used on 10 corn on the cobs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (vegan butter), room temperature
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • corn on the cob

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except for the corn. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Spoon herbed butter onto parchment paper and shape into a log. Wrap the butter log and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.

2. Grill corn on the cob (with husk on) for 10-15 minute on a grill or roast in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Use a brush or knife and spread the herbed butter on the corn of the cob. Squeeze additional lime or add more chili powder on top if needed. Enjoy!

Make it vegan! Use vegan butter and no one will know the difference!

Leftover butter? Herbed butter will keep for 4 months in freezer and 2 months in the fridge.

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Garnish With Greens: Decorate Your Dinner Table With Plants

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This spring, bring your dinner table to life. While floral centerpieces make for classic centerpieces, there are lots of fun, creative ways to incorporate plants that are both beautiful and functional. Use them as:

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Centerpieces

Whether you’re throwing a small Sunday brunch or a more extravagant event, you can dress it up with beautiful centerpieces made from plants. For a circular or square table, put a larger plant in the middle. (Make sure it’s not so high that you can’t see who is across from you). On a long table, make a row of smaller plants in jars or pots in a row down the middle of the table, like how you might display candles. For a brunch, use simple plant arrangements like our Garden-in-a-Jar herbs or small pots. For more elegant dinner parties, place succulents in glass jars or bowls on the table, or even have them hang from the ceiling.    

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Place settings

For a more intimate event, go the extra mile and add a personalized plant in small pots or jars  for each place setting. Affix the guests’ names to a plant label or popsicle stick sticking out of the dirt. Or paint the pots with chalkboard paint and write their name right on the pot. This way, you can erase the names for next time and use them again, and you can also write the names of the plants with chalk. Go one step further and gift it: share the love and send your guests home with their own houseplant. Attach instructions for how to care for their new plant and your guests are on their way to a green thumb and a garden.

 

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Celebration of ingredients

Use the containers from dinner to hold the plants. Reuse old cans and jars from your ingredient lists. If you’re serving something with tomato sauce, use a large can from the crushed tomatoes and put your plant inside for a fun, rustic look. Try the same thing for large jars of salsa or pickles, cans of coffee, and other bulk-sized ingredients. It’s fun to go with the dinner theme and match your meal, plus it’s recycling.

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Part of the meal

If you’re serving something that would benefit from being topped with fresh herbs, let guests have a real “garden to table” experience by letting them pick some from your plants. Serving pasta? Your guests can grab some basil to put on top. Hosting taco night? Let them throw some fresh cilantro in. Or, top dessert with some fresh mint. It’s fun to have an interactive meal using the plants on the table.

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Triceratops to Toilets: 7 Awesomely Unexpected DIY Planters

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We love reusing household items (like jars and cans) and turning them into planters.  We found some really creative planters and wanted to share them with you.  From toilet bowls to dinosaur action figures, some gardeners have created some pretty funky places to grow plants.

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Dinosaur Planters

Give your old toys new life (literally) by turning them into a planter.  These dinosaur action figures have become a fun way to display air plants and succulents.  

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Old Books 

We don’t recommend hacking up your library for gardening’s sake, but old books found at a garage sale or thrift store would work perfectly for this. The hole is shallow so plants with long roots won’t thrive, but a book housing a succulent is a “novel” idea. (Get it?)

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Toilets

A toilet bowl makes a large pot that is large enough to plant flowers.  Your neighbors might usually complain if you stick a toilet bowl as decoration in the front yard, but we think they’ll be a bit more excited if it’s a small garden.   

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Shoes

This gives a whole new meaning to “leave your shoes outside”.  Small shoes like high heels and sneakers make great succulent holders, while tall shoes like rain boots (that can have draining holes cut into the bottom) are tall enough for larger plans like flowers.

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Old Furniture

Bring your indoor furniture outside and make a whimsical, unexpected garden from items like dressers.  The drawers make small box gardens that can grow taller plants if they are stacked.  Stack different kinds of flowers for a colorful, vertical display.

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Ingredient Containers 

Put your caffeine addiction on display and grow a plant in your coffee can for your desk. (And remember to use those coffee grounds to grow mushrooms.) Or use any empty ingredient can, from oatmeal, to tomato sauce, to salsa, and grow something new inside of it. It’s fun to grow food in containers that formerly contained ingredients, and these large cans are big enough to grow herbs such as thyme, tarragon, oregano, or rosemary.

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Teacups

If a teacup gets chipped, the natural inclination is to throw it out. But there’s a way to reuse teacups that have been retired from your cabinet.  These mini planters can sit on side tables, coffee tables, windowsills, and in every corner of your home filled with cacti, moss, or small flowers. Teacup gardens also make a cute gift for birthdays and Mothers Day.  If you don’t have any tea cups, track some down at flea markets.  

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Crustless Mushroom and Veggie Quiche

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Oyster mushrooms are so tender and delicious in this super delicious quiche! It’s easier to make than it looks, making it a great recipe to use for a party or to impress mom on Mother’s Day. No crust means it’s also gluten-free and low-carb. Try switching it up with your favorite veggies!

MushroomVeggieQuiche Crustless asparagus spring recipeIngredients:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh sage
  • 1 cup leeks, thinly sliced and washed
  • 6 oz oyster mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 8-9 asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Gruyere + 1/4 cup for topping

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MushroomVeggieQuiche Crustless asparagus spring recipeDirections:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Once oil is hot add garlic cloves. Cook 1 minute. Add sage and saute an additional minute. Add leeks and cook 5 minutes or until leeks are soft. Add mushrooms and cook 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add spinach and thyme and stir well. Saute for another 2 minutes. Pour filling into a 9 inch baking dish and spread evenly and top with feta cheese.

3. In the same skillet used for the filling, add 1 tsp of oil and asparagus. Saute for 3-4 minutes and set aside.

4. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, Gruyere cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Pour egg mixture over the filling in the baking dish. Top with asparagus and additional Gruyere cheese.

5. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until the center is set (don’t worry if it starts to puff up – that’s normal!) and the top of the quiche is golden brown. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and enjoy!

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Pea and Radish Sprout Crostini

Spring seasonal veggies add a light, fresh flavor and texture to this Pea and Radish Sprout Crostini. It makes the perfect spring appetizer! Use our Kale and Basil Pesto in this recipe for an extra burst of fresh green flavor.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pea puree*
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp chevre
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  • radish sprouts
  • 12-15 toasted baguette slices

*Note: If you can’t find fresh peas, you can use snap pea puree or frozen peas that have been thawed and pureed in place of the fresh pea puree.

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix together pea puree, pesto, minced garlic, chevre, salt and pepper to taste. Make sure there are no lumps of chevre.

2. Top each slice of bread with the pea and chevre mixture, slices of radish and radish sprouts.

Make it vegan! Use vegan cheese.

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Breakfast Porridge

When you think of porridge, you might think of a gloppy mess. But with breakfast toppers and berries adding lots of texture, you’ll never think that again! Start your day with this super healthy breakfast porridge that will fill you up until lunch.

breakfast porridge healthy oats fruit toppers berries nuts milk honey recipeIngredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats (quick 3-minute oats)
  • Blueberries, Almonds and Buckwheat Breakfast Toppers
  • berries (optional)
  • nuts (optional)
  • honey (optional)
  • brown sugar (optional)

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan on medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Decrease heat to low and add steel cut oats to milk. Stir and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the porridge is at your desired consistency.

2. Pour the porridge into a bowl and top with Blueberries, Almonds and Buckwheat Breakfast Toppers. Make it yours by adding fresh berries, honey, brown sugar or nuts to the porridge as well!

Make it vegan! Use nut milk and leave out honey or substitute it with agave syrup.
Add more flavor! Add vanilla extract or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Cereal Milk Pops Packed with Protein

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CerealPops10Cereal lovers, welcome to popsicle paradise! Introducing your new go-to summer treat: icy cereal milk pops, lightly sweetened with Organic Stoneground Flakes – Cocoa Clusters. Packed with whole grains, protein (4g per serving!), and Fair Trade cocoa, you’ll be crunching along and cooling off all summer long. Pro Tip: Eat the cereal after straining it from the milk or leave it in for extra crunch.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Clusters
  • Magic Chocolate Toppings (optional)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, melted (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 tbsp crushed Cocoa Clusters

Directions:

Popsicles: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and milk until smooth. Stir in Cocoa Clusters and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir well and remove the cereal with a spoon. Pour the cereal milk into your popsicle molds and freeze overnight. There’s no waste! The cereal is still crunchy so have it as a quick snack!

Topping: Melt chocolate in microwave in 15 second increments, stirring well in between. Once melted, add coconut oil and stir well. Dip frozen pop into the chocolate and shake off excess. Then quickly sprinkle with crushed cereal. Lay the pops on a parchment covered plate and freeze for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Make it vegan! Use vegan yogurt and dairy-free milk.
Make it fruity! Use banana or strawberry yogurt to add additional flavor.

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5 Herbs to Grow this Spring

Guest Post by Katherine Oakes of Modernize

We all have the illusory dream of someday planting a lush and thriving herb garden. And even if this isn’t exactly in your wheelhouse—perhaps you have an admittedly black thumb—it is certainly within your reach. Herbs have stood the test of time—they’ve been planted, cultivated, and harvested by farmers for thousands of years only to remain in our gardens, and on our windowsills and our plates today.

There are so many obvious benefits to growing your own herb garden, as well as many fun and unknown facts about their past and where they came from! Other than being delicious in your meals, herbs can also help increase the value of your property by adding curb appeal, something we always love to see.

So to break it down and help you get started, we picked out 5 of the best herbs to start growing, as well as their benefits, and a little bit of history, too.

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Basil

This well-loved herb has about 30 different varieties that are lesser known than the typical sweet basil you find at stores and in markets. This plant is native to India and travelled over to Europe (Italy) and Asia during the spice trade. A great herb to have on hand for punching up hearty soups and sauces in the colder months, basil grows well indoors, so long as this warm-weather-loving plant doesn’t fall prey to the cold and dry fall and winter seasons. Grow basil for its delicious flavor and versatility in so many dishes, not to mention how pretty and vibrant it can look on the windowsill.

 

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Rosemary

This spindly herb has a distinct piney taste that hails from the Mediterranean coastline. Besides planting rosemary for culinary purposes, this herb can be used for landscaping, too. Due to its sturdy needles and form, rosemary is used for hedges and topiaries as well as great plants to plant on hillsides that threaten erosion or in between stepping stones to prevent movement.

 

 

Lavender

Lavender is known for its soothing and healing aromatherapy properties as essential oils and those cute, stuffed little bags filled with the dried herb. It originated from the hills of the Mediterranean area but is thought to have traveled to England with Romans in ancient times, and now there is estimated to be over 100 varieties. Plant lavender in your outdoor herb garden because it attracts bees and butterflies—the good kind of insects that will help your garden thrive. Lavender is even great when used in recipes like cookies, baked goods, and lemonade to name a few. Plus, you simply can’t beat the beauty of lavender in your yard.

 

Mint

A great reason alone to plant this fast-growing herb is because of how beginner-friendly it is.  It does as well indoors as it does in a garden, without the part where it starts to grow everywhere. So if you are new to this, then mint is a great introduction, as it doesn’t require too much maintenance. Similar to basil, mint comes in many different shapes, forms, and varieties (at least up to 20 kinds) and is also great for cooking. Harvest your mint leaves for tea to cure an upset stomach or muddle it for your mojito!

 

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Thyme

A finicky plant, thyme tends to do better when it is harvested from a fully-grown plant and replanted in a small container. However, don’t let this deter you from growing thyme—like rosemary it can be used to hold up crumbling landscapes while adding some beautiful greenery as well. Plant thyme by mixing it into open spaces in your garden to hold up the structure and offer a wonderful scent as you walk by. It’s also a pretty ancient plant, too, hailing from Egypt and eventually becoming a sacred plant for many uses by Romans and Greeks.

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5 Foods That Grow in Funky Ways

The produce we buy is so beautifully presented in the grocery store, but where does it come from? We decided to explore the growing process of some of our favorite fruits and veggies and couldn’t believe what we found!

Peanuts

Peanuts: The peanut plant is awesome because it flowers above ground but the peanuts grow below ground, surprising, right? Each plant produces 25-50 peanuts.

 

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Cocoa: Does chocolate grow on trees? It sure does! Cocoa, the bean used to make chocolate is a bright pod grown only in tropical climates.

 

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Kiwis: Fun facts… Kiwifruit grows on a vine, is named after the fuzzy kiwi bird and a male plant can pollinate up to eight female plants. Daaaang!

 

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Pineapples: Thought they came from a tree? Wrong! Pineapples grow on a plant out of the ground, take three years to mature and don’t continue to ripen like most fruits once harvested, so eat ‘em quick!

 

AsaparagusAsparagus: Asparagus grows straight out of the ground and looks kind of bizarre! The majority of asparagus is grown in only three states and takes about three years from initial crown planting to harvest the full crop.

 

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