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Chaga Mushrooms: Nature's Blueprint for Cancer Prevention

Chaga Mushrooms: Nature's Blueprint for Cancer Prevention

December 29, 2016

Two of the things I probably loved the most as a teenager were sports and Russian novels.  My favorite novelist was Dostoyevsky, and at one point my sister claimed that I had morphed into the underground man.

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Horseradish: A Nutritional and Medicinal Standout

Horseradish: A Nutritional and Medicinal Standout

December 06, 2016

My earliest memories of horseradish come from childhood and our annual Passover dinners.  I remember Passover as my favorite holiday, probably because of the feast that was the highlight of the holiday.  It was the only time of the year my entire family gathered in one place to celebrate with a special meal.

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Chinese Wild Yam- Seeking the

Seeking the "Light" Plant

December 01, 2016

At a certain point every autumn, one experiences the light receding.  I notice it when I have to turn on the “headlights” on my bicycle on the ride home after work.  Sometimes I notice that the growth of the garden plants slows to a crawl; other years I just notice a tendency to want to sleep more and be less active.  In any case, the cause is very clear: the light is receding and the darkness is growing.

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A Thanksgiving Gratitude: How the Heart Looks Out for Us

A Thanksgiving Gratitude: How the Heart Looks Out for Us

December 01, 2016

Perhaps the best part of writing a book is receiving letters and emails from people suggesting that I look into some aspect of the subject that they're excited about.  As many of you know, my heart book, Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, has been out for about three weeks, and the new ideas are rolling in.
 

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From "Trash Heap" to Garden Treasure

October 25, 2016

One of the core missions of Dr. Cowan's Garden is to be responsible stewards of the soil, water and air. I want to introduce a strategy that we are using to create nutrient-dense soil, albeit in a small way, in hopes of inspiring others to experiment with this strategy on perhaps on a larger scale. The strategy is based on what in Europe and the permaculture community is called the Hugelkultur (“hill mound”), pioneered mainly by Sepp Holzer in Switzerland. 
 

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The Beauty and Power of the

The Beauty and Power of the "Vulgar" Plant

October 20, 2016

Swiss chard, otherwise known as “beta vulgaris cicla,” was first mentioned as a medicinal food by Aristotle in the 4th Century B.C.E.  The first thing that interested me about this phenomenally easy-to-grow vegetable was why such a beautiful plant is burdened with the name “beta vulgaris,” or “vulgar beet.”

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Ashitaba is from the angelica family and is more nutritious, by far, than kale.

Ashitaba and Perennial Greens: Our Powerhouse Powders

October 18, 2016

After a long wait, I am happy to announce that our two signature powders -- Ashitaba and Perennial Greens -- are now available. We consider them signature because they reflect our core mission to make available to people hard-to-find perennial and wild vegetables, which are usually more nutritious and ecologically supportive than annual vegetables.

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The Product That Brought Me to Tears: Cholla Buds

The Product That Brought Me to Tears

October 03, 2016

Two weeks ago when I went to our commercial kitchen to help with the final packing of our latest shipment, I unexpectedly had a moment of tearing up.  You wouldn’t think that seeing a box of cholla buds ready for shipment would bring a grown and somewhat aged man to tears, but it did.    I had to ask myself, “why this emotional reaction?”

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Mineral-Rich, Hand-Harvested, High-Protein Nori Powder

Mineral-Rich, Hand-Harvested, High-Protein Nori Powder

September 02, 2016

I started eating an organic, macrobiotic diet when I was a sophomore in college.  Sea vegetables are an important part of the macrobiotic diet, so it was around that time I started regularly consuming arame, hijki and nori.  Also around that time, I heard that if you eat sea vegetables, your hair would never turn gray because of their high mineral content.  Although this sounds far-fetched, it’s true that whether your hair turns gray isn’t just about genetics.  Such phenomena as chemotherapy and high stress levels obviously hasten graying.
 

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Tomato Salt, a Love Story

Tomato Salt, a Love Story

August 29, 2016

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The One Vegetable I Would Want If Stranded on a Desert Island

The One Vegetable I Would Want If Stranded on a Desert Island

August 18, 2016

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Why I (Dr. Cowan) Eat Greens Every Day

Why I Eat Greens Every Day

August 05, 2016

For the past 20 to 25 years, I have eaten leafy greens and other green vegetables probably 98 percent of those days.  I have learned in these past two to three decades that if I go a day without eating greens or fermented beverages (such as beet kvass and kombucha), I just don’t feel right.  Not only don’t I feel right, but I also inevitably overeat because I have the sense all day that I am missing something that I need.  To compensate, I keep eating, sometimes whatever is available.  If, instead, I eat a bowl of green vegetables and drink a fermented drink, that nagging feeling goes away, replaced by a sense of satisfaction.

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