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When we start using recipes, we may want to get some information about the ingredients we are using. This Glossary offers some of that information. Hover over the slightly highlighted Keywords to see an Image, a Description and a link to a related website for detailed information.

  • ~Eggplant

    Japanese eggplants are long and slender with an oblong shape. Its glossy skin has a purple-black hue and does not require peeling prior to use. Japanese eggplants are known to maintain their skin color even when cooked. Their interior cream colored flesh is spongy and nearly seedless. Japanese eggplant's flavor is mild and it is nearly seedless Japanese eggplant is available year-round. Eggplant skin contains 'nasunin,' a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that protects cell membranes of the brain from damage. Eggplants also contain vitamin C, potassium, folate and dietary fiber, particularly in the eggplants skin. When a thin-skinned eggplant is desired, Japanese eggplant is the ideal variety. The eggplant's sponge-like texture qualities allow it to easily take on flavorings. Japanese eggplants are amenable to a variety of cooking methods including sautéing, pan-frying, deep frying, grilling, pickling, and especially baking. Click here for nutritional information about Japanese Eggplants Japanese Eggplants

  • ~Mangoes

    In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that healthy adults consume 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (based on a daily consumption of 1,200 to 3,200 total calories). That’s where mangos come in! The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. The following statements have been reviewed and approved by USDA following FDA guidelines for nutrition statements.

    Mangoes, thin skinned

    Click here for nutritional information about mangoes {Click and hold on the Keyword, then move the cursor over the tool tip, then click on the Site Link above.}
  • ~Rice

    Rice is beneficial for cholesterol-free diet, blood pressure management, cancer prevention, skin care, and great source of energy.

    White Rice: Visit this site for further information Long Grain White Rice Brown Rice: Visit this site for further information bowl-of-brown-rice
  • ~Spinach

    Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable that is cheap and affordable for everyone. It is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. All of these together make spinach very beneficial for a number of vital processes. Due to the vast range of benefits from this vegetable, it is advisable to consume spinach on a regular basis. Visit this Site for information about Spinach. SpinachSpinach Spinach CookedSpinach Cooked

  • ~Tamarind

    Many individuals add tamarind to their vegetarian cuisines to enhance their taste and offer a tangy taste. Also, tamarind offers many nutritional benefits. Visit this site for more information. Fresh Tamarind with leaves

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