The eggplant, as it is called in some cultures is a rare vegetable which has a wide range of benefits, including weight management, boosting immunity, bone health, preventing birth complications, and reducing chances of catching anaemia. It also helps in managing diabetes. This vegetable is used in different ways in various parts of the world. It is popular for its smooth feel which compares to that of tomato. In India for example, it is known as the king vegetable, for being very functional in many dishes. It is good for making stews, soups, salads, as well as a standalone food item.
These are easily one of of the most popular veges, used in many cuisines in many world cultures. This root vegetable is used to make salads as well as main course dishes and even carrot juice in some cultures. Besides their delicious taste, carrots are rich in fibre, besides vitamins A, C. K, potassium and manganese, all which help to boost immunity, avoid heart and blood pressure diseases, besides boosting eyesight.
Green beans (also known as string/French/squeaky beans) have become very popular in many parts of the world. From a crop that does well in many different climates, the product has ended up becoming part of many cultural dishes. The health benefits are as diverse as eye health to bone health; from digestion to reducing birth and pregnancy risks. Beans are also good for the acquisition of vitamins and minerals.
Basil is popular in many parts of Europe, Asia and India, used for making pasta, salads among many culinary uses. Its leaves were originally used in ancient Asia for medicinal purposes including indigestion and skin disease. Today, basil is used to make medicinal basil oil which is known for a whole list of health benefits.
Like many herbs, chives have quite a handful of benefits ranging from bone health to boosting immunity and fighting a wide range of cancers. No wonder they have been used for medicinal purposes since the days of the Roman Empire. This smallest member of the onion family is commonly used in many parts of the world for culinary reasons. They are used in potato dishes, in fish dishes, as well as making soup and salads.
The use of thyme dates back to ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean region, where it was used as a food additive. Today is used in making soups, sauces, as well as meat dishes. It is also used in making medicinal oils. It is known for a wide range of health benefits.
Dill has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for decades. Its ability to give food a strong appetizing flavour has made it popular in many world cuisines. Some captivating benefits of dill are how it boosts oral, digestive and respiratory health, prevents bone degradation, besides preventing cancer.
In our culture as well as in India, it’s dhaniya. In America, they call it cilantro. Coriander is nothing less than a food decoration component, giving food a distinct beautiful aroma. But besides the taste and aroma, dhaniya is known for up to eleven oils which are beneficial to the human health. Ranging from arresting blood pressure to dealing with skin problems, coriander is without a doubt a beneficial product.
Think of how possible it is to prevent the growth of cancerous cells, boost immunity and yes – improve bone mineral density. Well those are some of the roles this intriguing fruit plays in the human body, with its rich content in Vitamins A and C, potassium, fibre and iron. This is no wonder why the fruit has remained popular in many societies around the world, loved perhaps as passionately as its name. Passion fruit juice remains to be among the most loved soft drinks around the world.
This herb, which originated from the Mediterranean region of South Italy, has for over 2,000 years, been used for medicinal reasons as well as a food additive, making salads and garnishes and sandwiches. In addition, parsley is rich in a number of vitamins and nutrients that help fight diabetes, inflammations and arthritis, besides boosting immunity.
In our society as well as many others, corn is a staple food. Unknown to many, corn is rich in vitamins; specifically A, B and E, besides a number of minerals. Corn arrests digestive ailments with its rich fibre content (actually about 18% the total daily recommended quantity for man). And that’s not all! Corn enhances digestion by supporting the production of bile and gastric juice Corn also prevents a number of diseases, for example cardiovascular (heart) diseases, anaemia, diabetes and yes, cancer as well!
What could be surprising is that edamame is rich in protein; as green as it is. But besides proteins, edamame also has carbohydrates and fibre. Among the many health benefits of edamame is its role in dealing with age related skin diseases, asthma, and digestion problems and boosting the immune system. History has it that edamame was first prepared in Japan, and it’s clearly gaining momentum in many societies in the world.
This vege is known in many parts of the world as ladies’ fingers or bhindi, among many other names around the world. It remains unclear where it originated from, though research suggests West Africa, while others say it came from Southern Asia. It’s commonly used for making soups and side dishes, besides the manufacture of vegetable oil. It has a variety of health benefits which include boosting eyesight, skin health, infant health, cardiovascular (heart) health and preventing cancer. This because it contains iron, magnesium, several vitamins and other nutritionally beneficial components.
Here’s the one wonderful gift from nature; so good, it makes us cry! The wide range of benefits, from repelling harmful insects to dealing with common cold, asthma, respiratory problems, and even to boosting appetite. Not forgetting the peculiar aroma they add to food. In our culture for example, food is not fried if it lacks onion! And like many other spices, it has for ages being used for medicinal purposes as well. History also has it that onions have been used for many other fascinating purposes; perhaps because of their easy availability across the world.
Capsicum, belonging to the family of chilies, is known for its benefits in preventing cancer, pain relief in managing arthritis as well as playing a crucial role in anti-inflammation and boosting skin health. But besides the nutritional benefits, in many cultures – ours included, capsicum is a taste bud darling. We know it as a natural food spice, popular for the great taste and aroma it adds to stews, particularly meat. It is also used in making salads. Dried capsicum is also used as a tea additive, as well as a component in medicines.