Tag: Fruit

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Avoiding fruit at mealtime: myth or reality?

6 November, 2015 No Comments

You’ve probably already heard that we should avoid eating fruit during or after meals, but is this really based on fact? Is it an old wives’ tale or is there some truth behind it all? Let me shed some light on this.

Food Guide for a Balanced Diet

Should Juice Be Banned from the Food Guide?

17 September, 2015 No Comments

Last week, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published an article entitled “Food Guide under Fire at Obesity Summit”.  One of the main issues was how fruit juice (125mL) is counted towards a fruit and vegetable serving on the Food Guide.  With this logic, having a couple cups of juice daily could help you reach […]

Organic Week – September 19 to 27

8 September, 2015 No Comments

September 19 to 27 is Organic Week, Canada’s largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products. Hundreds of retail locations participate in organic promotions, while over 200 community-level events are held across the country. Events include everything from pickling workshops to recipe contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings.

Banana art

I never had much of an appetite as a child, but my mother always made me finish what was on my plate. That’s why I still feel a little anxious whenever I think back on family meals, when I was told not to play with food (what I always tried to do, to save time).

GMO Apples developed in B.C. approved for sale in U.S.

17 February, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is OK for two varieties of genetically engineered non-browning apples to be sold in the United States. The apples will be marketed as Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, based in Summerland, British Columbia. These apples are modified versions of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, […]

Is an orange of the 1950’s equivalent to 21 of today’s oranges?

16 February, 2015 No Comments

In the last twenty years, numerous scientists have attempted to compare nutrient data collected in the 50s and 60s with more recent nutrient analyses. Some of these studies have been summarized in the report “Still no free lunch” by Brian Halweil, researcher at the Worldwatch Institute. The alarming conclusion is that fruits and vegetables aren’t […]

Tree of 40 fruit

9 August, 2014 No Comments

Apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, and thirty plus other stone fruits, all growing on the same tree. Do you think it is possible? Yes, such a tree exists for real. A Syracuse University art professor is getting worldwide attention for his “Tree of 40 Fruit”. Sam Van Aken created this tree through grafting different varieties. The […]

Blueberries, champion of antioxidants

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.

Raspberries, for taste and health

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.

Other berries

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 […]

Carambola, a star fruit

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 […]

Ramboutan, the “hairy” lychee

15 April, 2014 No Comments

Originally 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” […]