Adrian White

Adrian WhitE

Writer Emeritus

Adrian White is an organic farmer, gardener, and certified herbalist based in the Iowa City area of Iowa.

When it comes to writing about food, she loves indulging in the growing and agricultural aspect of it – as well as its potential for health and healing. Food, agriculture, and herbalism form her trifecta of passions.

Adrian has written many food, herbalism, and health-oriented articles that have been published around the web. She has also ghostwritten nearly a dozen published Amazon Kindle e-books on these subjects, many of which are bestsellers.

Adrian’s interest in food began in 2008, with the culture surrounding its production, sustainability, and environmental impact igniting her passions most of all. This sparked her to set up an immersive college internship in Ecuador to learn organic food production – which later led her through many U.S. regions: southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, and the Midwest.

Adrian has learned CSA management and microgreen production as a participant in projects near Houston, Texas; infrastructure and start-up practices in northern California; animal husbandry and mushroom cultivation in North Carolina; as well as the basic tenets of organic vegetable production in these places and more, including Oregon and Minnesota throughout 2008-2011.

Her educational path finally led her to eastern Iowa in 2012, where she became Field and Pack-Shed Manager, CSA Administrator, and Web Master at Echollective Farm & CSA – an organic farming business she still remains connected to and involved in today.

Adrian strongly insists that growing food is more her niche than cooking it (though she does try)! She adheres to a low- to no-gluten diet, but absolutely cannot resist breakfast foods and crab meat rangoons.

Otherwise, Adrian loves to tinker with fermented beverages more than anything else, like kombucha and shrubs, as well as healing herbal preparations.

Her main food, farming, and herbalism endeavors have sprouted into her own project, Deer Nation Herbs, a developing LLC that grows and produces healthy, organic veggies and greens along with herbal simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs.

She is a cooperative grower with the Greenshare LLC of the Iowa City area, making her produce and products available to local restaurants.

Body of Work:

Fresh purple stalks of rhubarb on a cutting board with some chunk cut out of them. A kitchen knife is to the right.

How to Cook and Use Rhubarb in the Kitchen

You know it’s spring when rhubarb shows up on shelf and table – and the talk (maybe even the aroma!) of pie is in the air. Wondering what else to do with this unique seasonal veggie – also considered a fruit – besides packing it in pies with some strawberries? Check out our suggestions, hints, and even health tips on Foodal, along with suggestions for choosing, storing and preserving the stalks to keep them at their freshest this spring and beyond.

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19 of the Best Sweet Potato Recipes | Foodal

19 Must-Try Sweet Potato Recipes

So you’ve been told that you should eat more sweet potato as they are chalk full of vitamins and nutrients. But the only way that you’ve ever had them has been either in a pie or swimming in a sea of marshmallow goo. So how do you fix them? Read these 19 different recipes for some creative ideas!

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Rhubarb Mojito Cover | Foodal.com

Chill Out With a Rhubarb Mojito

Could you imagine anything better than cooling down with the season’s finest foods and ingredients? A great example: rhubarb and mint, in an irresistible rhubarb mojito! Refreshing menthol melds expertly with those sour rhubarb notes, like the two were made for each other. Learn how to craft this cocktail match made in heaven, right here at Foodal.

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Dandelion Greens on Table | Foodal.com

Feelin’ Dandy? Forage and Cook Dandelion Greens

It’s the much-feared yellow flower we all love to hate. While you might finding yourself watching dandelions eat up your yard and garden, don’t forget that you have a great counterattack handy: eating them up! Learn some basics on foraging, buying, storing, cooking, and even the health benefits of harvesting this wild weed green, all right here at Foodal.

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Mocktail Made with Shrub or Drinking Vinegar | Foodal.com

Making Shrubs and Drinking Vinegars: Tasty Cocktails and Healthy Mocktails

Shrubs and drinking vinegars – what are they? For starters, they’re a refreshing and healthy mix of fruits fermented with sour vinegar. Trendy today in juice and cocktail bars, you can make your very own at home. Add them to your favorite alcoholic beverage, or craft your very own healthy mocktails! Learn their health benefits and how to make them, right here at Foodal.

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Foraging Morels & Other Wild Mushrooms | Foodal.com

Foraging Morels & Other Springtime Wild Mushrooms

It’s morel season! Will you forage for morels or cook with them this spring? If you’re confident and ready to get a bit wild, you don’t need an expert – as long as you’re armed with good information. Learn all about foraging, identifying species, cooking, and even the health benefits of the mushroom, plus info on two more of our other favorite gourmet wild varieties. Read on to explore this great beginner’s guide from Foodal.

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