Pomegranate

Stigan Antioxidant, Fruits, Superfood

Who knew the regal pomegranate could become fashionable to the health conscious? In fact it’s the new superfood! Well this exotic fruit has recently become trendy due to its sublime flavour and impressive antioxidant content. Pomegranates are juicy with a tangy-sweet flavour. A colourful fruit, resembling a large orange in size, which has a scarlet red leathery skin enclosing a … Read More

Orange – Navel

Stigan Antioxidant, Fruits, Glycemic Index, Superfood

Whether you juice them or eat them whole, oranges are a nutritious start to your family’s day! A baseball-sized citrus fruit with a tough orange skin containing juicy, segmented flesh. It may have a sweet to slightly bitter taste, depending on the variety. The primary purpose for these sweet varieties of oranges are juicing or eating. Navel oranges are easy to … Read More

Orange – Mandarin

Stigan Antioxidant, Fruits, Glycemic Index, Superfood

The Christmas orange! Kids and adults alike look forward to this easy-to peel fruit with a thin yellow-orange to flame-orange loose skin (rind). The mandarin appears small, slightly flattened orange, with the most enjoyable, sweetly aromatic tender flesh, divided into small segments that come apart easily. It is grown on a small, prickly evergreen tree (Citrus reticulata) from southeast Asia. … Read More

Grapefruit

Stigan Antioxidant, Fruits, Glycemic Index, Superfood

Remember when your mom fed you a half grapefruit for breakfast or the 1980s Grapefruit Diet? If yes, then you might have memories of this tropical citrus fruit’s slightly bitter taste. Grapefruit is usually about the size of a softball or larger and usually has a yellow skin. It’s the flesh that can fluctuate, depending on the variety, between yellowish-white, … Read More

Ginger Root

Stigan Antioxidant, Herbs, Superfood

Ginger Root is the tuber bulb grown beneath the ginger plant with a firm outer brown skin that involves lots of grooves. The flesh can be yellow, white or red in colour, depending upon the variety. You will find both thick and thin skins, the former being from a more mature harvest. This root is a fundamental ingredient for Asian … Read More

Swiss Chard

Stigan Antioxidant, Superfood, Vegetable

A very economical vegetable, since both the rippled leaves and stalk of chard are edible. In fact, the crunchiness of the stalks can replace celery in many recipes. Belonging to the same family as beets and spinach, Swiss Chard shares their taste attributes: the bitterness of beet greens with the slightly salty flavour of spinach leaves, as well as a … Read More

Winter Squash

Stigan Antioxidant, Superfood, Vegetable

Meet the winter gourd family. Due to their mildly sweet flavour and fine texture that showcases in fall, they show up in many harvest recipes. Fall is when their rinds have hardened, and they keep well under the bed all winter. With inedible thick skins and hollow inner cavities containing hard seeds, winter squash involves very dense flesh requiring a … Read More

Potatoes – Sweet & Yam

Stigan Antioxidant, Glycemic Index, Superfood, Vegetable

A popular Thanksgiving tradition. However, they are high in beta-carotene and other nutrients, so it`d be a sham to only serve them for one feast! Many North Americans have been confused when naming these tasty tuber vegetables. Oftentimes the root vegetable that is labelled ‘Yam’ is not truly a yam but is a variety of sweet potato. This misunderstanding has … Read More

Onion – Yellow, White

Stigan Antioxidant, Glycemic Index, Superfood, Vegetable

Also known as ‘mature onions’, they belong to the lily family of plants. This vegetable is grown for its edible bulb, most often performing a supportive role to flavour a variety of other foods. The yellow onion is considered an all-purpose cooking variety. Its papery outside skin is golden brown, while the flesh inside graduates from yellow to white as … Read More

Onions – Sweet

Stigan Antioxidant, Superfood, Vegetable

Sweet onions, such as Vidalia, Maui, and Walla Walla onions, named after the locations in which they are grown offer sweetness, crunch, and great health benefits. HOW TO CHOOSE  Peak season for sweet onions is during the late spring and early summer months. Look for bright and shiny skin with no noticeable dark, powdery patches underneath – an indicator of … Read More