Although often associated with warmer, more exotic lands, the striking looking aubergine is widely cultivated in Britain. Aubergine (Solanum melongena) is botanically not a vegetable but a fruit, closely related to the tomato. Eggplant, or aubergine, is long prized for its beauty as well as its unique taste and texture. Aubergines are a good source of fibre and folic acid. The colour of the skin is a result of the presence of anthocyanins – compounds with antioxidant properties. In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity.Rich in antioxidant properties, dietary fibre, copper, magnesium and vitamins B1 and B6 there is no wonder they are considered a nutritional “treasure”. In Greece is it widely used in many recipes including the famous Greek moussaka. Continue reading →
Refreshing and aromatic, strawberries are really hard to resist when fully ripe. They are considered to be Wimbledon’s favorite fruit. During the 2014 Championships alone some 28,000 kg of strawberries were served with fresh cream! The fruit has been growing in Europe since the Roman Times. It was in 1714 however that a French engineer’s trip to Chile and Peru led to the revelation that the Latin American variety of the fruit was much larger. He brought back some seeds and started cultivating them in France. The result was a large, juicy and sweet hybrid, the modern strawberry. It is rich in antioxidant properties, vitamins C and K and an excellent source of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. Try soaking fresh strawberries in sugar and Oliveology’s organic white balsamic vinegar with honey for 30 minutes and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
We are so excited that summer solstice is approaching.
It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, during which the sun reaches the furthest point from the Equator and seems to be stopping for a while. Intertwined with ancient rituals, pagan traditions and century old customs, Summer Solistice has had a great impact on culture and civilisations. Stonehenge and the Avebury complex in Wiltshire, South West England, were erected around 5,000 years ago as monuments of this unique phenomenon. People still visit them en masse on that day to watch the sun rise in a festive atmosphere bursting with mystery and excitement. Others just enjoy the longest sunshine of the year by the sea or in parks having picnics. Continue reading →