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The Index

The eggplant index

Aug 15, 2013 | In The Hills | Departments

Prior to the 18th century, eggplant was less popular than it is now due to its distinctly bitter taste. It was also mistakenly thought to cause insanity, leprosy and cancer.

The onion index

May 17, 2013 | In The Hills | Back Issues

Onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant that helps prevent atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, and regenerates vitamin E.

The maize index

Aug 17, 2012 | Cecily Ross | Back Issues

Certain varieties of maize explode when heated, forming fluffy pieces that are delicious seasoned and eaten as a snack.

The Potato Index

Aug 19, 2011 | Cecily Ross

In 2009 there were 5,430 acres of potatoes in Dufferin County, yielding 15,200 pounds per acre.

The Rhubarb Index

May 14, 2011 | Cecily Ross | Food

Rheum rhabarbarum, Rhubarb is a close relative of garden sorrel. It is high in vitamin C and dietary fibre.