Fun Facts About the Starchy Cassava


DID YOU KNOW? As a food ingredient, cassava root is somewhat similar to the potato to the extent that it is starchy, inedible when raw, and with a bland flavor when cooked. Indeed cassava can replace the potato in many dishes and forms - boiled, mashed, fried, baked. Cassava, unlike the potato, is a tropical …

Fun Facts About the Amazing Alugbati


DID YOU KNOW? Alugbati (Basella alba L.) is a succulent, branched, smooth, twining, herbaceous vine, reaching a length of several meters. The stems are green or purplish. The leaves are somewhat fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5-12 centimeters (cm) in length, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip and heart shape at the base. Alugbati grows well …

Fun Facts About the Magnificent Malunggay


DID YOU KNOW? Malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lamk), better known in English as Horseradish, is a small tree, 8m or less in height, with corky bark and soft white wood. The leaves are alternate, usually thrice pinnate, and 25-50 cm long. There are 3-9 leaflets on the ultimate pinnules. These leaflets are thin, ovate to elliptic …

Happy Healing – Book Review


Healing Through Meditation Book Review Happy Healing:  8 Magic Steps to Relieve Physical Pain and Discomfort By Dominique Bourlet The essence of Happy Healing: 8 Magic Steps to Relieve Pain and Discomfort can be encapsulated in this sentence, which the author himself writes: “The key prerequisite to healing is the soft approach.”  Dominique Bourlet tries …

Fun Facts About the Calcium-Rich Carabao’s Milk


DID YOU KNOW? 6 FACTS ABOUT CARABAO'S MILK: GOOD PROTEIN SOURCE. The proteins present in carabao's milk is higher than that of other milk. A 200ml glass of carabao's milk has 9g of protein! Plus, carabao's milk protein is more heat resistant. HIGH-FAT CONTENT. Carabao's milk is high in fat and is thicker than other …

Fun Facts About the Versatile to Eat Carrots


DID YOU KNOW? Carrot (Daucus Carota L.) develops an elongated cylindrical storage root underground which is edible. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A or Beta Carotene and contains considerable amounts of the B vitamins, calcium, and potassium. Carrot could be eaten raw or cooked before consumption. The crop performs best under a cool …

Fun Facts About the Low-Calorie Chayote

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DID YOU KNOW? The edible parts of chayote (Sechium edule) has lower fiber, protein and vitamin content than other parts. However, the calorie and carbohydrate content is high, chiefly from the young shoots, tubers, and seed, while micro and macronutrients supplied by the fruit are adequate. The fruit, particularly the seeds are rich in amino …

Fun Facts About the Perennial Eggplant

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DID YOU KNOW? Eggplant (Solanum melongena esculentum) is a tender perennial plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It is erect, bushy with stem sometimes armed with few spikes. Its leaves are large, ovate and slightly lobed. The shape and color of fruits depend on the variety. Eggplant is extensively grown in the eastern and southern Asia …

5 Basic Rules to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

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A healthy lifestyle means a happy and long life. That’s every other person’s goal, right? But how are we going to achieve that goal? The road to a healthy and long life is encapsulated in the chart above. You see, the first and second rules are about eating the right foods. Less meat, more vegetables …

What Makes the Mediterranean Diet Healthful?


The Mediterranean people, especially those living on the island of Crete, were noticeably lean and physically healthy, not known to have suffered from heart diseases. The Cretans’ diet used to consist mainly of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, and some fish. More than 40% of their caloric consumption is from olive oil. The …

The Buried Secrets of Peonies – Book Review

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The voices of suffering Book Review The Buried Secrets of Peonies By Mernegar Dorgoly Mernegar Dorgoly’s The Buried Secrets of Peonies is a collection of eight short stories. Set in Iran during Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s rule, each story reflects the lives of ordinary people under the new theocratic government. Looking back to history, Ayatollah Ruhollah …

Domestic Geese: Are they Friend or Foe?

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On the lighter side of things Geese can be naughty or nice. They charge at anyone without provocation, testing your running ability. Have you experienced being chased by a goose? Well, I think if you have gone to an animal farm, you know what I'm talking about. I'm sharing this just for the fun of …