Prunes are not what they used to be. At least not from an image point of view. Once an unappealing product associated with curing digestive issues they are now becoming recognised as a nutritious dried fruit with a flavour – and sweetness – deserving of a place in healthier mealtimes and elegant recipes.
National newspapers have just revealed the latest in the never-ending story of how good walnuts are for our health. The Daily Express splashed “Walnuts Prevent Heart Disease” across its front page in reporting the findings of a researchers in Spain who studied the impact of walnut consumption on 700 healthy older adults.
Goji berries are the fruit of a woody shrub in the nightshade family that also includes the potato, tomato and tobacco. When the bright red fruits form from purple flowers they are shaped like elongated grapes and are prone to damage. So they are shaken from the bush into trays to be placed in the […]
Dates are one of the oldest cultivated crops on earth. Date palms have been grown for so long – certainly thousands of years – that no one can be sure of the start date or where the story began. The first fruits may have been gathered in Iraq and certainly they became a staple food […]
Pumpkins are part of the gourd family known to science as Cucurbita which is native North and South America. Archaeologists have found evidence in Mexico that the plants were being grown and improved there as long as 10,000 years ago, much earlier than maize and beans.
In the high Andes of Peru the summer maca harvest is now underway. The plant they are pulling from the ground looks like a small turnip and is in the same botanical family. It grows at altitudes of over 11,000 feet, thriving in conditions of biting cold, intense sunlight and icy winds. No other food […]
The first question you ask when you discover quinoa is …how do you pronounce it? Well the word derives from an Andean language called Quechua. In that original the word is kinua or kinoa and pronounced kee-no-ah.
Hazelnuts were one of the first foods picked in Britain. And we now know that those early humans could not have made healthier start. Twenty first century research shows that eating hazelnuts – as with other nuts – daily can cut our risk of dying early by a fifth.
Apricots have been a valued food for so long that just where and when they were first domesticated are facts lost in time. The scientific name Prunus Armeniaca links them to Armenia where they have certainly been grown for centuries and where fifty varieties are produced today.
Chia is an annual flowering plant in the mint family native to Mexico and Guatemala. For centuries it was an important food source for the Aztecs but after invasion by the Spanish it mysteriously disappeared from farmers’ fields.