Did you know that eggplant is a fruit? Eggplants belong to the same family as tomatoes and peppers. However, not like tomatoes, eggplants are non-climacteric fruit. Hence the storage is important. There was a study to research the best way to store eggplants. It was found that storing eggplants at +10C for 13 days did not reduce the beneficial qualities of the eggplant. (Food Chemistry, Volume 88, Issue 1, November 2004, Pages 17-24) Continue reading
Quinoa is another miraculous product. The year 2013 was officially declared as “The International Year of the Quinoa” by Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
First, it is famous for having a high-protein content, which makes it a great cholesterol-free and low-fat source of protein. It can be said that Quinoa is a complete protein source if we look at its amino acid profile. However, the protein content in cooked Quinoa is less than 5%.
Secondly, Quinoa is being researched for its anti-diabetic qualities. Quinoa contains high levels of biologically active phytochemicals, which have been implicated in plant defence from insects. They have also shown a range of beneficial pharmacological effects in mammals. There was research conducted to find the best leaching process in order to effectively release concentrated bioactive phytochemicals from quinoa seeds. This was done to provide an efficient method to produce a food-grade mixture that may be useful for anti-diabetic applications.
Let’s hope the Quinoa we buy in the shops is not leached! Cooking in water is the most healthy way to prepare Quinoa. According to Dr.Fuhrman.com it prevents the formation of acrylamide, a potentially toxic compound formed with dry cooking.
Quinoa Pilaf is an ideal lunch meal, especially for those who take their own lunch to work. If Quinoa pilaf is transferred into sterilised dry containers immediately after cooking completes, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.