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Grape Facts

  • Hieroglyphics (pictures and symbols used in early forms of communication) show that the ancient Egyptians were involved in grape and wine production
  • Sultanas are dried from small seedless green grapes
  • Grape growing is known as viticulture
  • During the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, grapes were revered fortheir use in winemaking. As European travellers explored the globe, theybrought grapes with them.

Pineapple Health Benefits

  • Pineapple contains an impressive amount of the trace mineral manganese. Manganese is essential for the strengthening of bones as well as their growthand repair.
  • Aids in digestion as rich in fibre and high in vitamin C.
  • Pineapple contains beta- carotene which improves eye health and reducesthe risk of macular degeneration.
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties.

This information is for educational purposes only. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner in first instance.

 Handy Banana Tips

  1.  Shining shoes: If you happen to be out of shoe polish, don’t worry. After you’ve finished eating the banana, use the peel. Remove the remnants of the banana from within and then rub the inside of the peel on your shoe. To finish, use a paper towel.
  2. Helps fight anemia: The vitamin B family found in bananas encourage the creation of hemoglobin and help prevent and treat anemia.
  3. Soothing stings and bites: The sugars in the banana peel will sooth an itchy and annoying mosquito bite, as well as the redness that accompanies it.
  4. Eases heartburn: The banana has natural anti-oxidants that may relieve your heartburn.
  5. Tenderizing meat: If you want to tenderize meat while thawing it, wrap it in banana leaves.This also works for fish. While cooking, add a ripe banana to help it soften, and add a sweet flavour while you’re at it.

This information is for educational purposes only. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner in first instance.

What you should know about Potatoes

  • Preparing potatoes is much faster if you don’t peel them! Plus you get extra fibre and nutrients if you keep the skin on.
  • Avoid soaking peeled potatoes in cold water, as some nutrients can dissolve in the water.
  • New potatoes have a high vitamin C content so only boil these for a maximum of 15 minutes. Place them straight into boiling water and don’t leave soaking.
  • Try making Gluten Free Lasagne with thinly sliced potatoes instead of pasta sheets!

 

What you should know about Carrots

  • To preserve their natural sugars and sweet flavour, cook carrots in as little liquid as possible. Steaming and baking both help seal in the flavour.
  • Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked and are found in savoury and some sweet dishes e.g. cakes and muffins. Young carrots do not need peeling. Simply wash well or lightly scrape. Only old and large carrots need to be peeled.
  • Carrots suit most cooking methods and may be boiled, steamed, baked, roasted, barbecued, stir-fried or microwaved. They should be cooked until tender and, depending on preference, still slightly crunchy. Cooked tender carrots can be mashed or pureed.