Learn tips for creating a holiday centerpiece from Melissa Thomas, founder of the Flora flower boutique in West Asheville.

When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, Tatyana Andronova was a political refugee looking for a new life in the United States. Almost by chance, her path led to Western North Carolina, where she opened Euromarket, Asheville’s largest store focused on culinary items from Eastern Europe and Russia.

Local farmers are learning to grow ginger and turmeric, which are known around the world as the building blocks of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and known for their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects.

Spices are connecting Appalachia with food cultures around the world.

Serve the Krup Hot Toddy with rich chocolate cookies that are kindled with red pepper. Their different spice profiles create a sensationally sweet pairing.

North Carolina produces almost 40 percent of the country’s Christmas trees—and Yancey County is one of seven counties in the state where the growing takes place.