Marshmallow

At some point in your life, you probably have sat around a campfire and roasted marshmallows or made S’mores.  Perhaps you tasted marshmallows in a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace on a cold day.  This simple, sticky treat is typically thought of as an...

Pumpkin: A Fall Treasure

Fall is here!! After a long, hot summer, the mildly warm days and cool nights are a welcome to most people.  In addition, autumn offers some of the most beautiful changes in our environment. The brilliant colors of red, yellow and brown, touch the landscape and make...

The Versatility of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera or the plant’s Latin name Aloe barbadensis miller is a common medicinal plant.  Most everyone has heard or used aloe or Aloe Vera gel. Over the counter, you can find Aloe Vera in everything from cosmetics to medicines. The history of Aloe Vera dates back...

Turmeric, the old spice or the new medicine?

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is one of the oldest known spices.   It has been grown and used in South Asia, especially in India for at least 5000 years. It reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD and West Africa by the year 1200.  Turmeric was then introduced to...

Sunflower Power

  Recognized as the official state flower of Kansas in 1903, Sunflowers are known scientifically by the genus name Helianthus, from the Greek words Helios, meaning “sun” and Anthos meaning “flower”.  They are related to other flowers such as Daisies, Marigolds and...