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Real Food Right Now and How to Cook it (#realfoodrightnow) is our series on the ABCs and 123s of seasonal food.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Burdock

What do Velcro, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Stonehenge have in common? You guessed it: burdock! This not-so-pretty root vegetable has an interesting history, and features predominantly in Japanese and other cuisines. Read on to learn more about burdock - plus an easy recipe.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Peppers

What is it about the chile pepper that keeps us coming back for more, despite the (sometimes unbearable) pain? Why are some pepper varieties sweet? Read on for answers and discover why the pepper is the geekiest of fruits. (Yes, fruits!)

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Corn

This week's Real Food gets a bad rap -- it's heavily subsidized and heavily monocropped, a whopping 88% of it is genetically engineered and most of it becomes animal feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol. But we've got a soft spot for sweet corn, and we bet you do, too.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Ostrich

Tastes like chicken? Not this bird. Ostrich meat is "the other red meat" with a taste profile that more closely resembles beef than poultry. The birds are easy to raise, gentle on the land and their meat has a champion nutritional profile. Read on for more about this fascinating bird - plus a recipe for ostrich burgers!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Blue Mussels

Mussels are delicious, inexpensive and nutritious. And an added bonus? Eating mussels means that you're supporting a truly sustainable form of aquaculture! Read on to learn more about these humble bivalves - plus an easy recipe for white wine- steamed mussels. Yum!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Guavas

Guava's exotic, funky flavor is a delicious addition to any fruit plate. Learn more about this tropical fruit (and sometimes pesky invasive) in this week's installment of Real Food Right Now. (Plus, recipes for guava paste and guava jelly!)

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook it: Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is...well...bitter. Its taste takes some getting used to, but combined with other strong flavors, like Indian spices and chiles, or fatty meats, like pork, its bitterness becomes a delicious asset. Plus, its purported health benefits many! Read on to learn all about this bitter fruit.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cherries

What is it about the cherry that urges us not to take the business of life so seriously? Even in the kitchen, the cherry keeps the fun and games going, an affable companion to both savory and sweet ingredients. Read on for all you ever wanted to know about delicious (and beautiful) cherries!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Edible Flowers

You know pansies, roses, hibiscus... but do you know nasturtium, chervil, day lilies, crocuses, lilacs, geraniums? All of these flowers are beautiful, of course, but they also taste great! In this week's installation of Real Food Right Now, what to look for, what to look out for - and, as always, recipes.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Watercress

Delicious, nutritious watercress was used in ancient times as a medicinal plant (to prevent baldness and increase vigor, among other things), but in recent times has been relegated to just a garnish. But those in the culinary know are starting to pick up on the leafy green's ability to add a peppery bite to classics like BLTs. Read on for more info on wonderful watercress!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Fava Beans

Favas are a fleeting spring vegetable - like ramps and sorrel and morels -that show up at the market and quickly disappear. Enjoyed in cuisines worldwide, favas are much lauded subjects of folklore and even show up in one of the most notorious lines in American cinema. Mull over more fascinating fava facts and pro tips in this week's Real Food Right Now!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Radishes

Is there anything better than a delightfully crunchy radish? Even better: every part of the radish is edible, from the root to the leaves to the seed pods. Read on for all you ever wanted to know about this incredibly delicious vegetable.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Rabbit

We know: Rabbit can be a hard sell - it's an unfamiliar meat to many American palates. But there are a lot of reasons to put rabbit on the menu - it's delicious, and is a sustainable source of protein. Read on for more reasons to love rabbit.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Mache

Charming mâche, which grows in tiny rosettes, has leaves with surprising succulence that makes them super juicy - and super delicious. It's no wonder that mâche is gaining popularity here in the States. Given the choice, we say, more mâche!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Fiddleheads

Beautiful fiddleheads are bright green, their tightly coiled heads delicately curled like the scroll of a violin. With a flavor slightly reminiscent of asparagus, but also nutty and pleasantly bitter, fiddleheads are a delicious reminder that the doldrums of winter are finally over.

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