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Blueberries, champion of antioxidants

July 26th 2014

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 26, 2014.

Blueberries rank very high on the list of fruits for their total antioxidant capacity, followed closely by cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Wild blueberries have even greater nutritional values than cultivated blueberries.

So we should make the most of summer to include them in our menu and stock up on them.

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Marketing inglorious vegetables

July 22nd 2014

Tons of fruit and vegetables are dumped each year because they don’t meet the standards required by retailers (and consumers). At best, these imperfect products are intended for processing or animal feed, and at worst, the dustbin. But, they are just as good as the nice-looking ones. The solution to such wastage is not simple.

In France, several chain stores sell flawed fruit and vegetables at a discount. Intermarché, which is one such chain, has paired it with a humourous and snappy Internet campaign, which went viral and even won an award for advertising.
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Raspberries, for taste and health

July 19th 2014

raspberriesOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 19, 2014.

They come in several sizes, colours, textures and different flavours. Like blackberries, which are their “cousins”, raspberries grow on all continents except Antarctica and in every latitude except the tropics.

Their high antioxidant content makes them valuable and healthy allies in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic diseases.
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“Other” berries

July 12th 2014

berriesOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 12, 2014.

July and August are the months for savouring strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. But did you know that there are other berries that are less popular but equally delicious and rich in antioxidants? Their production is limited, so you can only buy them directly from the producer or in public markets. But it’s totally worth the effort. I suggest that you try out the following in particular:
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How to wash fruits and vegetables to get rid of pesticides

June 9th 2014

Before sinking your teeth into fruits and vegetables, be sure to clean them thoroughly to completely remove all dust and dirt, and also to get rid of, at least partly, pesticides present on the surface.

If you cannot follow the buying advice of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to completely avoid fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide load, these tips are all the more important. Here they are:
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Carambola, a star fruit

May 3rd 2014

SOSCuisine/Star fruitOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 3, 2014.

Originally from Malaysia, the carambola tree is a rugged tree that grows in hot and humid climates in tropical areas, producing fruit throughout the year.

These fruits have five to six distinctive ridges, and once sliced, resemble a perfect star. Although they mostly serve as decorative items, they are also delicious to eat, and full of vitamins A and C, and minerals including potassium.
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Ramboutan, the “hairy” lychee

April 15th 2014

SOSCuisine/ramboutanOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 12, 2014.

Of all the exotic fruits that grocery stores are selling with increasing frequency nowadays, rambutan is probably one of the oddest, due to the rather long and curved fibrous growths that cover it, giving it the appearance of a “hairy lychee”.

The name “rambutan” is derived in fact from the Malay word “rambut” meaning “hair”.
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