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Jardalu (Apricot). MARA ZEMGALIETE / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB
Jardalu (Apricot). MARA ZEMGALIETE / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB
J is for... Jardalu
J is for... Jardalu
25 March 2015

Jardalu (or apricot) is a soft fleshy fruit, usually pale yellow to orange in colour, with a relatively large stone that is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. They can be eaten raw, dried or cooked into a tasty dessert.

Imli (Tamarind). Katykman / Dollar Photo Club
Imli (Tamarind). Katykman / Dollar Photo Club
I is for… Imli
I is for… Imli
20 January 2015

Imli (tamarind) — also known as aamli and “Indian date — has a delicious sweet and sour flavour and is a versatile ingredient. It can be eaten raw as a bean, used for flavouring like a spice, and enjoyed as chutney, a condiment, and even as a refreshing beverage.

Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.
Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.
Manage diabetes during Ramadan
Manage diabetes during Ramadan
25 June 2014

For Muslims with diabetes, the fast during Ramadan can present a challenge in day to day management of the condition. In this article, Dr Hala Alsafadi offers tips on staying safe.

Gajar (carrot).
Gajar (carrot).
G is for... Gajar (Carrot)
G is for... Gajar (Carrot)
10 June 2014

Gajar (carrot) is a crunchy root vegetable available in a range of colours like orange, red, yellow, purple and white. It is a good source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies.

Feeri (blueberries).
Feeri (blueberries).
F is for… Feeri (Blueberry)
F is for… Feeri (Blueberry)
25 May 2014

Feeri (blueberries) are found naturally in the cooler climates of North America and Europe. Ripe feeri have a deep blue thin skin, with a green fleshy middle and a sweet taste.

Elaichi (cardamom).
Elaichi (cardamom).
E is for… Elaichi (Cardamom)
E is for… Elaichi (Cardamom)
14 May 2014

Elaichi is a spice used in Arabic, South Asian and even Chinese traditions to add a sweet aromatic flavour to desserts, chai, curries and rice dishes. In both Ayruvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used to treat digestion and oral health issues.

Daraam (Pomegranate).
Daraam (Pomegranate).
D is for… Daraam (Pomegranate)
D is for… Daraam (Pomegranate)
1 May 2014

Daraam is a fruit with a reddish, leathery outer skin that houses edible seeds that are divided by white membranes. It is thought to be beneficial to your health.

Chuqander (Beetroot).
Chuqander (Beetroot).
C is for… Chuqander (Beetroot)
C is for… Chuqander (Beetroot)
17 April 2014

Chuqander are usually a deep red colour but there are varieties ranging from white, orange and even striped. Both the beets and their greens can be eaten as they are tasty and full of unique nutritious properties.

Badaam (Almonds)
Badaam (Almonds)
B is for… Badaam (Almonds)
B is for… Badaam (Almonds)
3 April 2014

You may have memories of your grandma telling you to eat “saath (seven) badaam a day.” Well, as explained in this latest Nutrition Centre A to Z article, research suggests that she was giving you good advice!

Amla (Indian gooseberry) is a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C.
Amla (Indian gooseberry) is a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C.
A is for… Amla (Indian gooseberry)
A is for… Amla (Indian gooseberry)
19 March 2014

The Ismaili Nutrition Centre has launched a new series of articles on simple ideas for popular foods. This A to Z of different fruits, vegetables and everyday ingredients builds greater awareness of basic nutrition and encourages you to try healthy and easy ideas for preparing a range of tasty dishes. This week's entry is about amla, a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C.

Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt.
Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt.
Doing the Mediterranean diet, South Asian style
Doing the Mediterranean diet, South Asian style
15 February 2014

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into your daily living.

The fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein in pulses are a great combination for satisfying hunger and keeping you full, helping you to eat less overall and preventing your blood sugar from spiking too often.
The fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein in pulses are a great combination for satisfying hunger and keeping you full, helping you to eat less overall and preventing your blood sugar from spiking too often.
Pump up the pulses to control diabetes
Pump up the pulses to control diabetes
2 January 2014

Over 50 per cent of people with pre-diabetes who eat healthier and are physically active can delay or even entirely prevent themselves from becoming diabetic. For those who have type 2 diabetes, eating cooked pulses along with a high-fibre diet can help control long term blood sugar levels.