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Cherishing Blueberries

Even though blueberries are not native to the hot, tropical weather in India, they are off late assuming much credence. Thanks to the rising crop of wellness-conscious millennials who crave gourmet delights which a touch of goodness. Blueberries score high on the health and wellness card. Being low in fat, rich in fibre and antioxidants, they are known to combat the effects of dementia, prevent cell damage that leads to cancer and protect heart health. Chef Manoj Painuly from the Shangri-La ...

Sprucing Up Veggies – Teasel Gourd

A tender tiny cousin to the bitter gourd, teasel gourd is a bright green, oval-shaped vegetable with a mildly spiked rind and a subtle flavour. Available in abundance in India during the monsoons, the teasel gourd boasts of a healthy stream of nutrients, iron, fibre and antioxidants and carries numerous benefits. Besides promoting digestion, reducing infections and maintaining body weight, this wonder veggie enhances heart health and keeps sugar levels in check. But like the plethora of ...

Green Apples in Town

The Indian tropics are famed for a variety of fruits from bananas to mangoes. Although apples grow aplenty in the northern cooler Himalayan belts, green apples have so far been a novelty, with mostly imported varietals from the USA and New Zealand dotting fruit markets across the country. Being high in vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, green apples increase the body’s metabolism and help in detoxification; while the tartaric and maleic acids keep digestive health intact.  Meaty and juicy, ...

Flowers for Food

Perfumed and velvety, and boasting vibrant hues of orange, red, violet, pink and yellow; flowers are a treat to the senses. But they do much more than merely uplift the spirits. Plucked fresh and blended in recipes, flowers as ingredients transform the texture, flavour, taste and appearance of cuisines. For millennia, the Chinese and the Japanese liberally plucked chrysanthemum petals and stirred them into oriental soups to enhance the taste. The Victorians candied violets with crystallised ...

Cheers…Organic Wine

From creamy organic cheese and saccharine organic jams to luscious organic grapes, the demand for organic has now extended to the vineyards, with wine-making getting an organic touch. From the luxuriant grapevines and homely, family-run wineries emerge a set of organic wines concocted from non-genetically modified grape seeds, which are grown without pesticides or fertilizers. To ward off the bugs naturally, farmers introduce cover crops that provide a new haven for the pests and enhance the ...

Wonders of Kokum

As the scorching heat of summer dawns upon the subcontinent, a tropical fruit suddenly scales in significance. It’s not mango that we are talking about here. A plum-sized fruit of the garcinia indica tree, reddish-purple in colour, kokum is indigenous to the western coastal regions of India, and is heralded for its cooling properties and multiple other benefits. Kokum resembles its South East Asian sibling mangosteen in appearance and consists of a slightly tangy and fleshy rind, a pulpy ...

Natural Substitutes for Sugar

The sugar-free craze is on the rise and the wellness-conscious are on the lookout for substitutes that do not compromise on sweetness and flavour. But since a lot of artificial sweeteners can produce damaging effects on the human body in the long run, we list out natural alternatives to sugar which you can use in making a plethora of desserts and delights! Coconut Sugar Coconut sugar a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap, is unrefined, thereby retaining in all of its vitamins and ...