The prospects of entertaining friends and family increase during the holiday season. But when food allergies pop up, it’s not always easy to know how to react. How can you customise meals to satisfy the special requirements of allergic people? Here are some tips to help you entertain your an allergic guest in a hassle-free […]
The origin of the sunflower is debatable, but it definitely had its roots in the American continent, where indigenous tribes used it not only for its food and medicinal properties, but also to extract dyes from it and for use as building material.
The Brazil nut, also known as Amazonian nut or Brazilian chestnut, is the seed contained in the fruit shell of the Amazonian nut tree, which grows in the subtropical regions of America. It is the single most important crop in the Amazon region. It can be eaten as is or in desserts, and it tastes […]
The fruit of the pecan tree, called “pecan” or “pecan nut” gets its name from an Algonquian word “pakan” meaning “hard shelled nut”. In fact, for at least 8,000 years now, this tree originating in the alluvial soil of the Mississippi has had a special place in the lives of Native Americans who lived between […]
Hazelnuts are full of good fats – mainly the monounsaturated type – that are known for their cardiovascular health benefits. These nuts are also highly antioxidative. Excellent reasons for including them in your menu. We probably already consume them without realizing it, since hazelnuts are the essential ingredient in Ferrero’s Nutella, which is also the […]
The walnut has a particularly high polyunsaturated fatty acid content that includes a sizeable amount in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. It is also very rich in antioxidants and phytosterols. All major factors for cardiovascular health.
The pine nut is really a seed in a hard shell, lodged between the scales of certain pines such as the “umbrella pine”. Since it is small in size and also difficult to extract, it is quite costly. Romans and Greeks believed pine nuts to be an aphrodisiac and recommended eating them with honey and […]
Cashew is the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to Northeast Brazil. Although it was “discovered” by the Portuguese in 1538, it had been domesticated long before their arrival in the country. The latter exported it from Brazil to their colonies in India (Goa) and Africa (Angola, Mozambique) shortly after. Since then, cashew […]
Nutella goes well with almost everything, just ask any Nutella-lover. It’s not surprising then that Organicares, who specialises in “medical edibles” and is based in San Jose, CA, has come out with a Nutella-like product, called Nugtella, that combines hash oil with hazelnut chocolate spread.
Originally from Central Asia, where it was apparently grown 4000 years ago, the pistachio tree requires typically desert conditions such as a period of cold weather to begin flowering, followed by a long hot summer for its fruit to ripen. Nowadays, this tree is cultivated in nearly 20 countries, the main ones being Iran, Turkey, […]
Several studies demonstrate that frequent eating of nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts) appears to dramatically improve health: people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of cardiovascular desease, of developing type 2 diabetes and some cancer types. Nuts are a good source of fiber and help controlling appetite.