Natural Foods

Natural foods have been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits. Read up on some of the most popular natural foods and their characteristics.


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Edible Cactus: Natural Food

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos or cactus pads. Learn more about the edible cactus in this article.

Asian Pear: Natural Food

Asian pears are cousins to the pears that are typically seen in grocery stores, but this fruit is similar to an apple and its many names reflect that characteristic. Learn more about the Asian pear in this article.

Nectarine: Natural Food

Nectarines, like peaches, most likely originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and were cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome. Learn more about nectarines in this article.

Okra: Natural Food

Okra grows in an elongated, lantern shape vegetable. Learn more about okra in this article.

Passionfruit: Natural Food

The passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds, something like a pomegranate. Learn more about the passion fruit in this article.

Pear: Natural Food

Pears (Pyrus communis) are a pome fruit relative of the apple. Learn more about pears in this article.

Persimmons: Natural Food

Persimmons origins go back to ancient China. Learn more about persimmons in the article.

Plantains: Natural Food

Plantains resemble bananas but they are longer in length, thicker skinned, and starchier in flavor. In most countries, plantains are used more like a vegetable than a fruit. Learn more about plantains in this article.

Plum: Natural Food

The plum is a drupe — a pitted fruit — related to the nectarine, peach, and apricot, but it is far more diverse than its relatives, coming in a wider range of shapes, sizes and especially skin colors. Learn more about the plum in this article.

Starfruit: Natural Food

The star fruit or carambola is a tropical fruit that is gaining popularity in the United States. Learn more about the star fruit in this article.

Tubers: Natural Food

Tubers come in varieties of roots such as Yucca Root, Jicama, Sunchoke, Taro Root, and Water Chestnut. LEarn more about these roots in this article.

Legumes: Natural Food

Black beans, lima beans and black-eyed peas and other legumes are quite good for your health. What can these seeds do for you?

Avocado: Natural Food

Once upon a time, dieters avoided the avocado like the plague due to its fat content. Despite its bad reputation, the avocado is actually one of the most heart-healthy foods around. And it's delicious, too!

Cucumbers: Natural Food

Cucumbers are known as one of the lightest and most refreshing fruits around. In fact, that old "cool as a cucumber" cliche isn't a joke at all.

Raisins: Natural Food

Raisins serve up sweetness with all the nutrients of grapes. How can these little dried-up delights keep you healthy?

Fall Fruits Produce Guide

There are many different types of fall fruits. Take a look at the nutritional value of fall fruits and get recipe ideas with this produce guide.

Herbs: Rosemary Fact Sheet

Herbs are a wonderful, natural solution for treating many common illnesses. Learn more about the power of rosemary and see how you can incorporate more of it into your diet.

Blood Orange: Natural Food

Blood oranges are a natural food that are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of folate. Learn more about blood oranges.

Bok Choy: Natural Food

Bok choy is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Learn the best ways to cook bok choy and what to look for when shopping for bok choy.

Broccoli Rabe: Natural Food

Broccoli rabe is a good source of vitamin C and iron. See the best ways to cook broccoli rabe and what to look for when shopping.

Celery Root: Natural Food

Celery is excellent in coleslaw and stews. Learn all about the nutritional value of celery root and uses for this vegetable.

Chestnuts: Natural Food

Chestnuts are a good source of vitamin C. Learn about the nutritional information of chestnuts and how to prepare them.

Clementine: Natural Food

Clementines are great for vitamin C. See how to select clementines and how to best use clementines in the kitchen.