Sour green plums the size of large marbles are in the local Middle East markets now, a seasonal favorite of the Iraqis. Eat them out of hand as a snack, sprinkling each bite with a little salt. The classic Iraqi way to cook them is to pair them with meat in a flavorful stew. And if you want to ask for them in Persian just say "Gojeh sabz!"
If you live in the near Middle East or the middle Middle East, or are just visiting - take this handy guide with you to find and taste what's in season for the month of March.
Here is a guide to help vegans find more Vitamin D.
November in the Middle East offers a colorful spread of fruit and veg, including some heritage varieties.
Even derelict gardens like this one in DEtroit is a growing medicine cabinet. Wherever you roam you can find green plantain weed for medicinal use. Forage it to make effective home remedies.
Considered an invasive weed in some parts, mallows are yet a valuable edible and medicinal herb. And bees love mallows flowers; that’s crucial in a world that becomes less friendly to those important pollinators by the day.