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Pecan, the Native American nut

October 18th 2014

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 the American Midwest and Mexico. In times of food scarcity, pecans became almost the sole food intake for certain tribes.
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The soaring prices of meat and fish

October 15th 2014

The price of red meat continues to rise after the summer of barbecues. And this is also the case with fish.

I make these statements not because I’ve read scholarly articles on oil prices, the value of the Canadian dollar or the state of agricultural production, but rather because I see it week after week in the task of retail price analysis that we systematically carry out at SOSCuisine.

In fact, for over eight years now, we’ve been following the price trends of around 1,000 products in about 60 banners in Canada, including 17 in Quebec. These are mainly unprocessed fresh foods, because such items are essential for a healthy diet. Every week, our database is fed with details of these products that appear in the flyers of each banner.
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The hands that feed you

October 14th 2014

familly-farmers-42014 was formally declared, by the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be the “International Year of Family Farming” (IYFF).
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
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Hazelnuts for “homemade Nutella”

October 11th 2014

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 world’s largest consumer of hazelnuts.

However, this year’s inclement summer in Turkey, which produces 80% of this nut, pushed up its price by 60%. Which means that the price of Nutella will also definitely shoot up.
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Time to go festival hopping!

October 7th 2014

festivalpetite1Lots of us enjoy eating good food. So is it any wonder that so many food festivals take place all over the world?

If you happen to be in the vicinity one of these events, wet your taste buds and share your passion for fine dining!
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Walnuts, a healthy ally

October 4th 2014

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.
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Pine nut, not a “nut” but a “seed”

September 29th 2014

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 almonds at bedtime for better results. They are actually a good source of vegetable protein and contain minerals, good fats and phytosterols, which are compounds that are potentially beneficial for the heart.
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