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Squash in Costa Rica that tastes like cantaloupe?

We’ve been enjoying a harvest of one of our favorite novelty squashes of the tropics. Known as musk cucumber in English, its common name here is Cohombro (Sicana odorifera). This is one of the most unusual plants in the tropics.

How To Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

NUTRITION IN THE NEWS: The family’s vegetable intake can be nearly doubled by the surreptitious addition of grated and pureed vegetables to everyday dishes.

Photos: Weekend at the farmers market

Every weekend, towns across the country block off roads for their feria del agricultor.

Vegetables grown near erupting Turrialba called safe to eat

Consumption of vegetables grown north of Cartago province do not pose any risk to humans despite their exposure to ashes from the Turrialba Volcano, the Costa Rican government says.

Agriculture Ministry surveys population’s consumption of fruits, vegetables, seafood

Agriculture Ministry officials this week began a nationwide survey on the population's consumption of vegetables, fish and seafood.

Study shows honey has same health effects as high-fructose corn sweetener

"Honey is thought of as more natural whereas white sugar and high fructose corn syrup are processed from the cane or the beet or the corn," said Raatz, whose paper appears in the Journal of Nutrition. "We wanted to find out if they were different. But chemically, they are very, very similar, and that's what it seems to break down to."

Las ferias: Cheap, Locavore Markets Abound (And You Won’t See Any Hipsters)

I find no better way to spend my Saturday mornings that going to a local farmer's market (feria del agricultor). Because I'm still getting...

US boost in food imports could help Tico producers, export agency says

Costa Rica's Foreign Trade Promotion Office, or PROCOMER, is eyeing a recent U.S. Agriculture Department report that noted the United States will spend an additional $8 billion this year on food, compared to last year's figures. PROCOMER says the increase could benefit Tico exporters, particularly producers of fruits and vegetables.

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