Parsley – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Parsley (petroselinum crispum) is an important culinary herb belonging to the apiaceae family and originating from the Mediterranean region. It possesses small and dark seeds with volatile oil content. It is now planted throughout the world due to its usage in food industry, perfume manufacturing, soaps, and creams. The word "parsley" is a merger of … Continue reading Parsley – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

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Sweet Potato – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) cultivar developed in Japan and has edible leaves and stems. It is only distantly related to the potato  and does not belong to the nightshade family. They are cultivated throughout tropical and warm temperate regions wherever there is sufficient water to support their growth. Sweet potato ranks as the world's … Continue reading Sweet Potato – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Buckwheat – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Originated in Asia and grown since at least 1000 BC in China; widely adapted in the northern hemisphere with strong adaptability to adverse environments and a very short growing span. Most common buckwheat is Fagopyrum esculentum Moench (common or sweet buckwheat);  Fagopyrum tartaricum is available in some mountainous regions. Nutrition: Buckwheat contains many nutraceutical compounds … Continue reading Buckwheat – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Almonds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Native to Mediterranean / Middle East and spread historically to north Africa and south Europe and more recently to California. Wild almonds are bitter and toxic while domestic almonds are not! Almond is a kernel or seed not a nut.  Almonds reduce serum cholesterol and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and may reduce the risk … Continue reading Almonds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Cayenne Pepper – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

It is named after the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. It is a capsicum related to bell peppers, jalapenos and paprika and is part of the nightshade family. Capsaicin is the main ingredient responsible for its heat, rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. Traditionally used for muscular pain, headaches, improving circulation and gastrointestinal … Continue reading Cayenne Pepper – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Pumpkin Seeds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Known as Pepita in Spanish, especially when roasted are edible green seeds found inside a white hull that you find in the centre of your pumpkin. Squash (cucurbita) is thought to be the earliest domestic western plant, dating back 8-10,000 years preceding maize and beans by about 4,000 years. They were eaten by the Aztecs … Continue reading Pumpkin Seeds – Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips

Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips Ginger

Ginger (root) has been used throughout the world as a therapeutic agent for centuries to treat common colds, fever, to aid digestion, treat stomach upset, diarrhoea, nausea, rheumatic disorders, gastrointestinal complications and dizziness. It part of the same family as tumeric, cardamom and galangal. It is consumed as a food, medicine or spice. It is … Continue reading Bridgeford’s Best Bites: Nutrition Tips Ginger