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Brain Food, Palmer Amaranth, Turnips And Kale

Dr. Drew Ramsey connects brain health with certain types of foods. Chef Daniel Orr cooks some baby turnips with pears. And, meet the superweed Palmer Amaranth.

baby turnip on the farm

Photo: hthrd (Flickr)

Chef Daniel Orr uses such young turnips for his recipe that he doesn't even need to dice them.

We’re talking about things like depression, ADHD and anxiety disorders. You might not have that, but we know the average American has about 2-3 days of feeling down, depressed or blue every month.

Dr. Drew Ramsey says diet can help reduce the intensity of those down spells. He speaks with us about brain healthy foods.

Turnips fresh from Chef Daniel Orr’s family farm in our first recipe. Then we get trendy with kale chips and hydroponic growing.

Amy Mayer introduces us to the superweed of the moment — Palmer amaranth.

And, how climate change is impacting chile peppers.

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Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds

Palmer Amaranth

At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.

Caramelized Turnips And Pears, How Sweet It Is

baby turnips with pears

Take a chance on some turnips! This recipe cuts the slightly bitter taste of the root vegetable with maple syrup and pears.

Dr. Drew Ramsey, Part 2: Good Mood Foods For Focus And Calm

ramsey-happiness

Eggs give you focus. Yogurt calms anxiety. Salmon feeds your brain. Dr. Drew Ramsey gives dietary tips for promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Crunchy Curry Kale Chips

kale-chips

Who needs potato chips when you have these! A dusting of curry and garlic powders give these kale chips a great flavor.

Meet A Farmer: Deb McKee Kelly, Good Life Farms

heads of lettuce for sale at farmers market

Deb McKee Kelly's table at the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is stocked with lettuce, arugula and basil she grows on her hydroponics farm.

Telling The Story Of Climate Change By Way Of Chile Peppers

Chef Kurt Michael Friese And His Book Chasing Chiles

"Chasing Chiles" brings the problem of climate change to our plates by exploring one of North America's most diverse food plants: chile peppers.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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