I once had a parsnip souffle in a restaurant. It was about twenty years ago and I still remember how delicious it was! Parsnips have a unique and delicious flavour. Do eat them when they are in season. Locally grown food always tastes so much better, and it cuts down on road miles and pollution. As a vegetarian, I so look forward to a wonderful nut roast with masses of vegetables and wonderful roast parsnips for Christmas lunch.

Parsnips contain fibre,, potassium, folic acid, vitamins E and B, and minerals. Records of eating parsnips goes back to Roman times. Apparently the emperor Tiberius ordered this delicious vegetable to be sent to Rome from the banks of the River Rhine.

The fibre in parsnips help to keep the bowel healthy, and the vitamins and folate keep the blood cells in good order. Source organic whenever you can.

Mangoes are such a tasty tropical fruit

Is there any better dessert after a curry than a mango? One average one contains more than half a daily dose of vitamin C, two-thirds of vitamin A, nearly half of vitamin E, almost a quarter of fibre, and good amounts of potassium, iron and nicotinic acid. Mangoes are native to India, and go back more than 4,000 years. We are reminded of the old Chinese proverb that ‘food is medicine’, as in traditional Indian medicine the  antiseptic twigs are chewed to protect the teeth and the gums, the bark is used for the treatment of diarrhoea and the fruit for high blood pressure.

Do always source organic. It’s an obvious fact, but one that is worth repeating, the more we support organic fruit and vegetables, the more demand we create. Then there will be more produced, and all the time we are putting that message out into the world. We have enormous impact as consumers. Money is energy, and the way be choose to spend our money affects the goods that are available.

Remember, too, that your digestive system starts at your mouth. YOU have the choice over what you put into your mouth. When my son was a young teenager he said something very wise. He said, ‘Mum, if you don’t buy it, we can’t eat it!’ Good message!

kiwi fruit – always source organic

Kiwi fruit contains almost twice as much Vit. C as oranges and more fibre than apples..One kiwi fruit (previously known as Chinese Gooseberries) provides you with a day’s supply of Vit. C. This neat little fruit is a great aid for the immune system, for skin problems and for the digestive system. (It is always wise to source organic food, as I have mentioned before.)

Kiwis are a gentle laxative, and are enjoyed by children as well as the elderly. They are high in potassium, which helps to prevent high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. Why are they called kiwi fruits? Because New Zealand is the world’s major producer of this crop!