Iceberg

The iceberg lettuce is a kitchen staple, not because of its taste, but as a result of its commercial attributes. The ‘Crisphead’, as it was originally named, was the lettuce of choice for New York grocers in the 1920s because the cabbage was fast growing and retained much of its crispness 21 days after it…

Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?

I’m a food history buff and longtime listener of the BBC Food Programme. Their episode on ‘Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?’ dives into the history, medicinal and nutritional value of seaweed. The podcast moves from Ireland, where doctors prescribe seaweed for medicinal purposes, to New Zealand where seaweed is a symbol for fertility, and finally to…