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  • Why Hazelnuts are Good for You

    Young and mild, or dried and full of flavour, this wholesome tree nut is a snacker's delight.Who can resist hazelnuts? They're the most consistently rewarding nuts. Lay your hands on this autumn's harvest of Kentish ...
  • Why Plums are Good for You

    Plums are at their best right now, and these low-calorie fruits won't cause spikes in your blood sugar levels.Hurrah, it's the season for English plums. In fact, it's the best time to eat plums, full ...
  • Why Red Peppers are Good for You

    Look for the elongated rather than bell-shaped varieties for a fuller flavour as well as a health boost.In theory, there's no vegetable better than the red pepper for bringing Mediterranean sunshine to a dish, but ...
  • Why Blueberries are Good for You

    It's the English picking season for a sweet, sharp, pop-in-the-mouth fruit crammed full of antioxidants and vitamin C.Since blueberries are a year-round fixture on supermarket shelves, it may not be obvious that they are at ...
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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 Courgettes are Good for You

    Sweetest at their smallest, these succulent summer squashes are ideal for kids.• Rosie Sykes's courgette pikelets in pitta bread with sesame dressing recipeAt this time of year, courgettes grow fast and furious. If gardeners or ...
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  • 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 ...
  • Why Kohlrabi is Good for You

    This sputnik-like veg tastes like a sweet cabbage and packs more vitamin C than oranges.Germans and eastern Europeans are familiar with kohlrabi, but even though it crops easily and reliably in the UK, it might ...
  • Why Cherries are Good for You

    English cherries may be pricey, but they taste as good as sweets and keep gout at bay.There's only one bad thing about cherries: they're expensive, so you never get to eat enough of them. But ...
  • Why Globe Artichokes are Good for You

    Globe artichokes are architectural and detoxifying, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.This spiky member of the thistle family produces edible globes of various hues and sizes. The small purple heads that gladden Italian markets in the ...
  • Why Flat-Leaf Parsley is Good for You

    This versatile herb is bone-strengthening, breath-freshening, boldly flavoured - and far more useful than its curly cousin.When food comes garnished with a solitary sprig of curly parsley, it flags up a dish that's retro - ...
  • Why Peas are Good for You

    Peas are at their freshest in early summer, and there's only one way to eat this squeaky staple: freshly podded and by the handful.Processed food companies have a well-rehearsed sales script aimed at convincing us ...
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  • Why Broad Beans are Good for You

    Broad beans are a beautiful looking, highly companionable veg stuffed with protein.With their verdant sheen and kidney-shaped curves, few vegetables rival broad beans in the looks department. True, a little effort in the form of ...
  • Why Mango is Good for You

    Mango boosts our ability to combat cancer, heart disease and eye problems.Faced with the enticing fragrance of Alphonso mangoes, nagging concerns about food miles and air freighting have a tendency to fly out the window. ...
  • Why Asparagus is Good for You

    When asparagus appears, spring is officially here. British is best, and it should be served fresh as possible.When the first spears of English asparagus appear, we can wave a joyful goodbye to the freezing weeks ...
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  • Why Spring Greens Are Good for You

    These bundles of green goodness are the ideal antidote to months of winter stodge.Spring greens - not to be confused with other green leaves that grow at this time of year - are the most ...
  • Why Wild Garlic is Good for You

    Abundant, tasty - and proven to reduce blood pressure. Sniff out a patch near you.The sight and smell of clumps of wild garlic leaves, or ransoms, going a-begging in the woods, is cause for celebration. ...
  • Why Tahini is Good For You

    Tahini is a protein-rich paste that adds a heavyweight presence to any dish.It may look like an unpromising, oily, beige sludge, but the thick, stiff paste made from ground sesame seeds is a star ingredient ...
  • Why Eggs Are Good For You

    Brimming with protein and vitamins and ready in minutes - fill your basket!With eggs to hand, you always have the makings of a simple, satisfying, near-instant meal. But lavish a little bit of effort on ...
  • Why Fresh Turmeric is Good For You

    A powerful anti-inflammatory, this lively root is prized for its healing powers.Fresh turmeric is as different from its more familiar dried equivalent as root ginger is from ground ginger. The root (or rhizome) looks like ...
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