Dining Wild: Missouri pecans are sweet, healthy and more common than you think

A lot of people start their New Year by going nuts, and not always in a healthy way! This year, though, let’s go nuts in a good way — with the Missouri pecan, one of the best nuts around.

According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, pecans provide calcium, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, several vitamins and fiber and are also a rich source of antioxidants. All that in a very tasty package. Pecan trees grow naturally in moist, rich and bottomland soils principally in the bottomlands of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. According to the Forest Service, they occur naturally in 15 states and in Central Mexico and have been cultivated since the 1700’s, because they are easy to harvest and process. According to forest ecologist Paul Nelson, there are 500 or more selections. Trees are selected based on one or more Individual trees that display one or more desirable traits. In Missouri, the Northern Organic Pecan Association promotes and sells local pecans that are smaller in size than other varieties, but sweeter in taste.

If you are planning to establish pecans, it is best to establish local selections or nuts collected from trees growing in Missouri. Local sources of bare root seedlings include the Missouri Department of Conservation George White Nursery, and commercial growers like Forrest Keeling Nursery and Starks Bros also offer grafted trees. Pecan can be grown as a backyard tree for its beautiful shape and sweet edible nuts, as well as commercially in larger plots. They can be established in agroforestry systems in combination of several of the native edible perennials that have been discussed in this column such as goldenglow, wild leeks, cup plant and nettles. All these species would thrive under the shade of pecans. Other native nuts related to pecans are hickories and walnuts. Another native is the hazelnut and all grow in Missouri.

At the Lincoln University Farmers Market we have a vendor that specializes in Missouri pecans and sells them for $10 a pound. during the winter market and throughout the year. Other commercial venues for Missouri pecans include King Hill Farms in Brunswick and the Missouri Northern Pecan Growers, whose…

These Rich, Fudgy Brownies Are Made with Avocado

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Nope, we’re not joking. These brownies are sink-your-teeth-in fudgy and healthy, thanks to the star ingredient: amazing avocados. You already know how nutritious avocados are, loaded with fiber, B vitamins, folate, and potassium. They’re also a great source of healthy fat, which keeps you feeling satisfied and helps your body absorb more of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K. So we combined avocados with other good-for-you ingredients—keeping the sweeteners minimal and natural—to create a delicious treat (including frosting!) that won’t weigh you down.

Avocado Brownies with Avo Frosting

Yield: 12-16 brownies

Brownies

3 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped

1 Tbsp. coconut or extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa (40g)

½ cup almond meal (60g)

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

2 ripe medium avocados (about 17 oz. total), halved, pitted, flesh scooped out

½ cup medjool dates (about 4.5 oz.), pitted

¼ cup coconut sugar (1.4 oz.)

1 tsp….

Palm Sugar Market Is Expected to Continue Flourishing in Developed and Developing Regions of World, 2026

Presence of unique functionalities in palm sugar and having higher nutritional value as compared to compare to white sugar, nowadays the demand for this product is increasing and it is mostly among the food and beverage industry.

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New York, NY — (SBWIRE) — 11/28/2016 — Palm sugar is prepared from the liquid sap which is derived from the flower of coconut palm tree. It is also called as coconut sugar and used as natural sweetener. Considering on the characteristics of palm sugar, it is rich in nutrients, vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6) and minerals (iron, potassium and zinc) and also contains low glycemic. Palm sugar is totally unrefined, due to which it preserves its natural quality and it can also function as white sugar as it is easily dissolvable. Adding palm sugar in food makes exceptional richness in taste, quality and nutritional value of food. Palm sugar is mostly used in desserts, sweets, cakes, smoothie, sauces etc.

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Market dynamic of palm sugar

Presence of unique functionalities in palm sugar and having higher nutritional value as compared to compare to white sugar, nowadays the demand for this product is increasing and it is mostly among the food and beverage industry. Palm sugar ingredient cannot be refined and has characteristics of natural sweetener which enhances the richness in recipe. In addition to this, trend which is influencing the consumers to use palm sugar in their recipe is that it is one of the best alternative to brown sugar which satisfies the real taste of sugar without making any impact on health.

On the other side, palm sugar also has feature of organic food and it comes with a benefit of clean label for the manufacturers which is one of the emerging trend in food market and mainly attract the food and beverage makers to satisfy the modern needs of health conscious consumer and to fulfill the need of increasing demand for natural ingredient. One of the factor which restraints the growth of palm sugar market is that it is expensive as compared to that of white sugar. Highly-refined cane sugar is dirt cheap because it can be mass produced in sugar factories that churn out huge quantities of that white, nutritionally-devoid powder known as “table-sugar”.

Market Segmentation of palm sugar

Market segmentation of palm sugar can be done on the basis of…

How to Make a Sweet Potato Crust for Quiche and Pies

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods around. They’re loaded with nutrients like beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A and C. As a result, they’re good for your eyes, heart, and energy levels. Plus they’re low in calories, and packed with dietary fiber. In fact, just one medium baked sweet potato contains 16% of your daily fiber needs, making them a prime weight-loss-promoting food.

They’re also incredibly versatile. You can whip them into pudding, chips, pancakes, soup, or even cute egg nests. Seriously, is there anything this naturally sweet superfood can’t do? One more to add to the list: Crust!

Watch this video from Cooking Light to learn how to make…