Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They’re rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of mushrooms. And the findings don’t agree with earlier studies. What Are the Health Benefits of Mushrooms? Since they don’t come from plants, there are no phytonutrients in mushrooms, yet they are still a natural food with big benefits. They are heart healthy, control blood sugar, and improve your immune system. Low in sodium and carbohydrates, they contain...

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EcoQube Frame: Growing Microgreens the Easy Way

Sometimes the simplest things are the most awesome. Take a seed, for instance, packed with everything new life needs to get started. This makes growing microgreens one of the easiest and most nutrient-dense crops. A Sprinkle A Day… Size matters least in terms of health benefits from plants? Yes! The bigger the plant, the more spread out your nutrition is! So, you’ve got to eat a lot more volume in regular veggies to get enough good stuff. But microgreens contain up to 40 times more nutrients and are ready to harvest in as little as 10 days. However, some...

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Keyhole Garden: Growing & Composting Combo

A drought tolerant garden is a must in places where it’s consistently hot and dry through the summer months, making a keyhole garden of huge interest to people in the southwestern US. But there are more benefits to building this kind of garden, and not having to water your veggies as often makes sense no matter how much it rains where you live. Then there’s the benefit of it creating its own organic fertilizer when built properly. A keyhole garden is designed to include a composting tower. It was developed to enable sustainable home gardens and smallholder market farming...

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Growing Hotel Trend: Urban Beekeeping & Gardens

It might seem an unlikely pairing, but urban beekeeping, rooftop gardens, and luxury hotels are a natural match. The best food comes from incredibly fresh ingredients, and upscale hotels contain restaurants that are the domain of talented chefs. Such culinary artists are well aware that the secret to a tantalizing and memorable repast is bigger than the sum of its parts. The fresher it is, the richer the flavor and succulence. After all, freshly harvested is what made farm-to-table dining in such demand. It has no rival. Naturally, if you’re going to have rooftop gardens supplying the chef with...

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How to Build a Greenhouse: DIY Tips

Getting your plants going earlier, gardening longer, and growing food in winter has lots of people interested in how to build a greenhouse. Especially after a little window shopping reveals that even the least expensive greenhouse kit is pricey. Which means… it’s DIY time, but if you’re going to do this, you’ll surely want to know you’re building a greenhouse that won’t fly away or collapse. What kind of DIY greenhouse is best? That depends on where you live. In places with really mild winters, you’ll probably have great success with a super simple, lightweight structure. But high winds and...

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