Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin pie was a big treat when we lived in the States!

Pumpkin seeds contain amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A,C and E. You can put them on your cereal in the morning, as I do. They are super helpful for any bladder problems, and troubles with the prostate gland in men.. The reason they are so helpful for prostatitis is down to their abundance in zinc. Pumpkin oil can alternatively be taken in capsule form.

The flesh of the pumpkin is widely used in Europe, the U.S.A., Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is a rich source of beta carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A.

Snacking on seeds and nuts is essential for vegetarians.You can be sure that you are getting iron for healthy blood, magnesium for maintaining healthy body cells, and zinc for normal growth and development, when you include pumpkin seeds in your diet.

Perfect pears

We have a pear tree in the back garden. The blossom is just beautiful in the Spring, and the fruit is delicious in the Autumn.The pears are of the Conference variety, which I love. I enjoy the crunch! Many people prefer Sweet Williams because they are softer and more golden. The best way to ensure that you are eating organic food which is packed with prana (life-force) is to pick it from your own garden and consume immediately.

Pears are a good source of the soluble fibre pectin. This helps to regulate bowel function, and increases the amount of cholesterol eliminated by the body. Pears contain vitamins A,C and E. They also contain potassium, which prevents cramp during exercise. Dried pears make an excellent snack which contains significant amounts of iron. Convalescents find pears easy to digest and wonderfully restorative.

Paprika from Budapest

Yesterday our son gave us a packet of paprika from his holiday in Budapest. It came with a delightful painted wooden spoon. Paprika is extensively used in Hungarian cooking, where it is the prime ingredient in goulash.This wonderful herb originated in South America and was probably taken to the Balkans by Turkish merchants.

The Hungarians use paprika for both colour and flavour. It is rich in carotenoids and stimulates the circulation. Carotenoids are a class of compounds related to vitamin A. They act as anti-oxidants. The sub-class of carotenoids are carotenes , of which beta-carotene is the most widely known. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is important for bone and teeth formation, for the skin and the hair, and it aids the immune system.

We will most certainly be putting Hungarian paprika in our recipes this week!