You've probably already heard that we should avoid eating fruit during or after meals, but is this really based on fact? Is it an old wives’ tale or is there some truth behind it all? Let me shed some light on this.
Last week, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published an article entitled “Food Guide under Fire at Obesity Summit”. One of the main issues was how fruit juice (125mL) is counted towards a fruit and vegetable serving on the Food Guide. With this logic, having a couple cups of juice daily could help you reach […]
September 19 to 27 is Organic Week, Canada’s largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products. Hundreds of retail locations participate in organic promotions, while over 200 community-level events are held across the country. Events include everything from pickling workshops to recipe contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings.
I never had much of an appetite as a child, but my mother always made me finish what was on my plate. That’s why I still feel a little anxious whenever I think back on family meals, when I was told not to play with food (what I always tried to do, to save time).
Did you know that the fruit known as “cactus fig” or prickly pear tastes neither like a fig nor a pear, but more like a cross between a watermelon and lemon? Native to Central America, this oval fruit that varies in colour (yellow, red, white), grows on the Opuntia cactus. As it is very rich […]
It's almost Halloween. Within a few hours, tons of candies and other sweets are going to be devoured by trick-or-treaters of all ages. Why not eating something healthy this year, while still honouring the spirit of the day? Get inspired by these yummy "treats" that will help "trick" your taste buds and satisfy even the […]
Botanically speaking, fig is not a real fruit but rather a fleshy-structured inflorescence containing hundreds of tiny crunchy seeds, which becomes edible when ripe. Along with dates, olives and grapes, figs were the most important fruits in the diet of ancient Mediterranean civilizations. In fact, 11,400 year-old figs were found in the Jordan Valley in […]
Record heat in China this summer sparked a watermelon craze. As soon as the first parents posted a few pictures of their toddler dressed in watermelon overalls, a few weeks ago, copycat pictures started popping up all over Weibo, China's version of Twitter. And kids aren't the only ones wearing watermelon outfits .....
Did you know that capers are not the fruit, but the flower buds of the caper plant? They are harvested before they begin to open up. They are then dried, salted and pickled in vinegar. This is how they turn into a condiment with a tart and slightly bitter flavour. The smaller the capers, the […]
One of the most amazing and memorable aspects of Colombian gastronomy would have to be the wide variety of delicious and exotic fruits that this country has to offer. They are refreshing, tasty and a great and healthy part of the Colombian diet. Colombian territory encompasses a large part of the Amazon rain forest, two […]
Fruit of the quince tree, which grows in countries with a Mediterranean climate, quince resembles a large yellow pear in its shape and colour. Upon maturity, it gives off a pleasant fragrance and is covered with fine hairs. Its flesh is hard and astringent when raw. This is why it is always eaten cooked, in […]