Jyunpaku White Bitter Melon: Pearl of Okinawa

A natural marvel, the purest white bitter melon variety we know of, Jyunpaku bitter melon reminds us of the elegant white pearls found off the coast of Okinawa. The Japanese proverb “Ryou yaku wa / kuchi ni nigashi” (literally “Good medicine tastes bitter in your mouth”) perfectly sums up bitter melon — or as it…

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Musquee de Provence: A Favorite French Heirloom

Musquee de Provence is the most common winter squash you’ll find at farmers markets all over southern France. But how did this Cucurbita moschata — more adapted to warmer climates — find its way into the culinary fabric of France? When Spanish explorers returned with squash seeds they’d collected from Native American growers in the…

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