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Corn

Look at the corn! Only a fool would buy corn without looking at it.

I hope no one is offended by that statement. We all play the fool sometimes but you have to look at the fresh corn cob so you know what you are getting. You don’t want to get rotten kernels or accidentally bring home the worms that live in corn silks. Blessed are the grocery stores that have trash bins next to the corn because removing the hull and leaving it in the past is the way to go.

What To Look For:

Corn that looks healthy. It really is that simple. You want the color of the variety you’ve chosen to be a pretty color with no gray parts. The kernels should be plump and not wrinkly at all.

Nuts and Seeds

What is the difference between a seed and a nut? Some say that seeds grow on the outside of a fruit while nuts grow on the inside. Or, is it the other way around?

It’s a bit confusing!

Here at Easy Light Sources, nuts and seeds fall into the same category of being a nice plant-based source of protein.

Having one or two types of nuts and seeds available is a pantry staple for most vegans. They can be used creatively in a lot of ways or just eaten raw. Or roasted. Or whipped up into a nut butter (assuming you are the owner of a boss food processor).

We can talk about a few of them but usually they are interchangeable in recipes. There is a high risk of redundant information.

Commonly made into nut-milks: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts.

Commonly made into pie crusts: Almonds, walnuts, pecans

Commonly made into [raw] pie filling: Cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts

Commonly made into something savory: Cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts

They are heavy in desserts and its easy to consume a lot of nuts when it is disguised as a slice of pie. Be conservative with the portions 🙂

Soak nuts before you use them to eliminate some phytic acid.

 

Melons

The original idea for this essay covered only cantaloupes and honeydew melons. There was a back and forth battle about whether or not to include watermelons, seeing as they are a little different.

In my biased opinion, seeded watermelons reign supreme over all others.

All melons mentioned in this body of work share the similarity of having a high water content and an abundance of seeds. That’s why they are perfect for eating in the summer time! The flavor of the melon depends on the variety that you’re getting.

They are usually affordable too, especially when bought in season. Cantaloupes can be found abundantly in most pre-made fruit salads. Honeydews also, just to a lesser degree. Are you cool with that?

If you’re buying cantaloupes, follow the smell. You will not have to hunt to find a ripe cantaloupe, the fragrance will find your nose.

If you’re buying a honeydew, buy one that is blemish free with no soft spots.

If you’re buying a watermelon, get one with seeds. Among other things, the ones with seeds usually tend to be the sweetest. Also, if you’re looking for a sweet watermelon, get one with a yellow patch on it so you can kind of see how it sat in the dirt for a while as it grew.

Watermelons are so cool. Such a big fruit filled with water and it all comes from 1 seed.

watermelon
Nice yellow patch on this one. Yes, it was sweet.