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  • Why Oranges Are Good for You

    Make the most of citrus season and grab unwaxed organic varieties for flavour and nutritionThe zesty, citrus whiff of oranges freshens up the January kitchen, drawing a line under heavy celebratory food, and lighting up ...
  • Why oats are good for you

    It's the ultimate winter breakfast, but getting your oats can also keep the body slim and healthyWhen it's cold outside, a bowl of hot oats makes a warming and comforting breakfast. If you're a Scottish ...
  • Why cinnamon is good for you

    Cinnamon is a truly global spice that appears to combat a truly global ailment - high blood pressureFew aromas are quite as seductive, or as warmly enveloping, as that of cinnamon, the fragrant bark of ...
  • Why raw honey is good for you

    The medicinal properties of honey are as exciting as its breadth of flavourSticky, fragrant honey is nature's most interesting sweetener and always astonishing in the way its scent, taste and colour reflects the flora from ...
  • Why sprout tops are good for you

    No wait... sprout haters come back! Give the brussels' leafy hat a chance and it will repay you in vitamins...Even to the most hardened brussels sprouts dodgers, sprout tops - the clusters of leaves that ...
  • Why pineapple is good for you

    Pineapple is a sweet, sharp and juicy source of vitamin C is also a great aid to digestionIn summer, when berries are abundant, what's the point of pineapple? Why bother wrestling with that spiky intruder ...
  • Why free-range milk is good for you

    Real whole milk from grass-fed cows is creamy, nutritious and utterly delicious...Our shelves are stacked with white water labelled as milk, from cows pumped up on imported cereals and barely see, let alone chew, a ...
  • Why mustard is good for you

    A hit in the kitchen thanks to its pungent kick, mustard once lived in the medicine cabinet ...Mustard, and mustard seed, is an indispensable ingredient in any cook's larder. Whole, mercury-black mustard seeds, either dry ...
  • Why Almonds are Good for You

    Robust, fresh and a delight to cook with, almonds are packed with vitamin E and other mineralsA stalwart nut in Christmas cake, pudding and mincemeat, almonds figure prominently on the seasonal shopping list. For freshness, ...
  • Why pomegranates are good for you

    Pomegranates store rich flavour in their deep red flesh and crunchy jewel-like seeds - and they are a tonic for a healthy heart.With its sweetness tempered by a pleasantly bitter, slightly tannic astringency, in my ...
  • Why Onions Are Good for You

    Healthy eating needn't make you weep - this most basic veg is a secret nutritional superstar As winter sets in, and this year's UK crop, now dried off, comes on to the market, the comforting ...
  • Why Celery is Good for You

    More than just a stick for dipping, this versatile veg also benefits the nerves and blood• Rosie Sykes' jugged celery with bacon, apples and almondsWhile punchy flavour and refreshing juicy crunch make celery a heavy-hitter ...
  • Why Tinned Tomatoes are Good for You

    The stalwart of sauces and stews is ripe with anti-cancer molecules and builds strong bones• Rosie Sykes' Fish baked with tomato sauce recipeThe larder is worryingly bare when you've run out of tinned tomatoes. They ...
  • Why Yoghurt is Good for You

    Yoghurt is a simple pleasure packed with nutrients and microflora to keep your system finely tuned• Rosie Sykes' yoghurt cake recipeA good natural yoghurt is one of life's simplest, yet most pleasing foods; the chalky ...
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  • Why Broccoli is Good for You

    Broccoli is packed to the florets with nutrients and things to keep you healthy - meet a true superfood• Rosie Sykes' broccoli, butterbeans and pasta recipeTrademarked brands of boutique broccoli are sprouting up on supermarket ...
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  • Why Saffron is Good for You

    Saffron has long been used in traditional healing and research suggests it could become part of mainstream medicine's weaponrydship day? No spice is more special than saffron. Its scent is haunting, its unmistakable flavour earthy ...
  • Why Blackcurrants are Good for You

    Blackcurrants are packed with vitamin C and micronutrients - they're Britain's very own superfood.Blackcurrants are much too good to be relegated to jams and cordials. In all their purple might, they have an intensely punchy ...
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