Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch
Christopher Columbus was an unwitting pawn, the tool of a plant with grand designs. The seeds of nightshade he carried back to Spain would quickly go on to conquer the world, enslaving cultures for the remainder of history in their culinary devotion to what the ancient Meso-Americans called xilli. As spice, as medicine, as food, there is but a single constant: flavor.
Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch In the depths of the forest shafts of sunlight pierce through dark green canopies, illuminating bright red jewels glinting amidst the green. Treasures of flavor, the berries of forest and heath have long be... Read Post
Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch Broad leaves, kiln fired, transmute a weed into an aromatic wonder that has conquered the world. Before it became a scourge, it was sacred to some of the world's earliest peoples. Like many such medicines, ... Read Post