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What's On Your Plate

That black triangle icon is a sodium warning label next to a dish on the menu at an Applebee's in New York City. Starting Tuesday, the city's Health Department is requiring chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to display the salt shaker icon next to menu items containing 2,300 mg or more of sodium — the recommended daily limit. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cascara is made by brewing dried coffee cherries, which typically would have otherwise ended up as compost. "We have been throwing away this perfectly good coffee fruit for a long time, and there's no real reason for it, because it tastes delicious," says Peter Giuliano, of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Murray Carpenter for NPR hide caption

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Thad Wimberly, left, and Jonathan Berry inspect the damage to a field of peanuts following record rainfall and flooding in Branchville, SC., in October. Wimberly said he expects to lose 75 percent of his crop. Adam Beam/AP hide caption

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Cocoa pods in Ivory Coast, one of the world's top producers of cocoa. Climate models suggest that West Africa, where much of the world's cocoa is grown, will get drier, which could affect supply. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Michael Cimarusti, of Los Angeles' Providence restaurant, is pioneering the West Coast incarnation of Dock to Dish, a program that hooks up local fishermen directly with chefs. Courtesy of Providence hide caption

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Imported from Europe, the custom of leaving gratuities began spreading in the U.S. post-Civil War. It was loathed as a master-serf custom that degraded America's democratic, anti-aristocratic ethic. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Yocha Dehe tribe grows, mills and markets its own extra-virgin olive oil. The tribe's mill uses top-of-the-line equipment imported from Florence, Italy. Courtesy of Lisa Morehouse hide caption

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Food For Thought

Native American Tribe Bets On Olive Oil

Once impoverished, California's Yocha Dehe tribe found success with a casino complex. Now the tribe is using its newfound wealth to grow, bottle and sell premium olive oil.

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Oranges ripen in a grove in Plant City, Fla. Citrus greening, a disease spread by a tiny insect that ruins oranges and eventually kills the trees, has put the future of the state's $10 billion citrus industry in doubt. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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The next time a cooking disaster strikes, remember: It happens to the best of us. Piotr Tomicki/iStockphoto hide caption

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Nancy Bruns, CEO of J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, gathers finished salt from an evaporation table in Malden, W.Va. Noah Adams for NPR hide caption

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Not only do the flavor and texture of butternut squash improve with time, they actually become more nutritious. Diane Labommbarbe/iStockphoto hide caption

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Soybeans are sprayed in Iowa in 2013. Enlist Duo is a mixture of two chemicals that farmers have used separately for many years: glyphosate (also known as Roundup) and 2,4-D. The new formulation is intended to work hand-in-hand with a new generation of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to tolerate sprays of both herbicides. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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The excavation at Ahihud in the Galilee region of Israel where archaeologists found fava beans dating back 10,000 years. Yaron Bibas/Courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority hide caption

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Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, a restaurant in New York City, has a November special: Thanksgiving dumplings filled with turkey, stuffing and gravy and served with cranberry sauce. Courtesy of Mimi Cheng's hide caption

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America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers advice for going "beyond the cranberry mold" this Thanksgiving. Taji Marie for NPR hide caption

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Farmers harvest cranberries born from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's breeding program. The program has created a couple commercial varieties since it's inception. Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison hide caption

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