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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cilantro

Posted by on 11th April 2018

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This versatile, bright and flavourful herb is flourishing in The Brasserie’s edible garden and popping up on our menu, giving a fresh boost of flavour without the need for added sea salt or other seasonings.

Cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is a popular herb popular around the globe that resembles flat leaf parsley at first glance, but at first sniff, transports you to the Mediterranean, Mexico, Asia and India.

Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, cilantro is low in calories and a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.

The vitamin K and calcium content of cilantro helps to build strong bones, teeth and hair. Cilantro is considered the “anti-diabetic” plant in some parts of Europe, and research shows that it helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and supports healthy cardiovascular function.

Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections and to prevent food poisoning. Some studies show that it can help to lower blood sugar and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.

A recent study found that cilantro can protect against oxidative stress, through its high antioxidant effects. Oxidative stress is linked to a wide array of degenerative diseases including some types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease and macular degeneration.

Cilantro benefits your sleep cycle naturally and calms nerves, and can improve sleep quality through its natural sedative effects.

Used throughout the world for thousands of years to settle nauseous tummies, cilantro can prevent gas and bloating, relieve indigestion and heartburn and ease stomach cramps. It aids in efficient digestion, by helping to produce digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of foods. In many cuisines, fresh cilantro accompanies hot and spicy dishes because of its cooling effects.

Cilantro benefits not only detox the body but also protect it from infection and toxins. Its natural antibacterial properties helps to protect against both food and water borne diseases including food poisoning, dysentery, salmonella, cholera and particularly listeria. Research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology studied dill, coriander and eucalyptus and found that cilantro was particularly effective in fighting listeria.

Cilantro is used both internally and externally as a remedy for skin irritations including hives, sunburns and poison ivy. It’s natural anti-histamines helps to calm the immune system response against allergens. Fresh cilantro and coconut oil can be blended together and applied to soothe sunburns, dry skin, poison ivy and hives caused by an allergic reaction.

In summary, cilantro has numerous health benefits and tastes best when picked straight from garden-to-mouth!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Hemp seeds

Posted by on 3rd April 2018


Hemp hearts – the perfect nickname for the nutritious hemp seed with its mild, nutty flavour, that is technically a nut.

Hemp seeds contain over 30 per cent fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). This 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and dry skin and reduce itchiness and potentially the need for skin medication.

Hemp seeds are also a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Hemp hearts are a great protein source, as more than 25 per cent of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18 per cent.

Rich in vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, whole hemp seeds also contain high amounts of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, which benefits digestive health. De-hulled hemp seeds have had the fibre-rich shell removed, and therefore contain very little fibre.

Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted. Hemp seed oil is also very healthy, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years.

Overall, hemp seeds are incredibly good for you. They might just be one of the few superfoods that are actually worthy of their reputation.

Pop over to Juiced @ The Wicket for our $5 ‘Hearty Hemp’ smoothie special this week and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jaboticaba

Posted by on 28th March 2018

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Did you know that the that flowers and fruit grow directly from the trunks and large branches of the Jaboticaba (JA-bu-gee-KA-bah) tree rather than from the stems?

The fruit has a round shape, turns from bright green when immature to dark purple when fully ripe and has a tannic and resinous flavour. Within the skin is a pulpy, translucent white to rosy pink flesh surrounding one to five round and flat, light brown seeds.

This popular fruit, native to Brazil, contains calcium, phosphorus and iron. It’s rich in vitamin C, making it an antioxidant powerhouse. Jaboticaba also contains B-complex vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin and thiamin, and is packed with amino acids that are essential to our health.

Jaboticaba is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals and at the same time, promotes the cells regeneration to prevent premature aging.

Another health benefit of jaboticaba is found in its rich mineral content that is essential for detoxing the body. Your body requires detoxification regularly and consuming jaboticaba will help your body do this naturally.

In South America, jaboticaba is commonly used as a remedy for sore throats. When the juice is squeezed from the fruit and mixed with warm water, jaboticaba has a soothing effect on raw and sore throats.

Jaboticaba contains active compounds that could help open up the bronchial airways which is beneficial for asthma patients.

Enjoy eating jaboticaba out of hand, simply by squeezing the flesh out of the fruit’s skin using the thumb and forefinger.

Learn to grow your own by reading this week’s ‘Today’s Harvest’ post on The Brasserie’s Facebook page, otherwise enjoy our harvested jaboticaba on The Brasserie menu.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Peppermint

Posted by on 21st March 2018

Look what our head gardener, Aide, is harvesting in The Brasserie’s organic garden?

A highly versatile and medicinal herb long used to flavour sweets, toothpaste and mouthwashes among other things, peppermint is also used as a treatment for headaches, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome

Peppermint also offers benefits to the respiratory system, including for coughs, colds, asthma, allergies and tuberculosis.

Inhaling the vibrant peppermint aroma may offer memory enhancement and stress relief.

Peppermint essential oil can even be used topically for pain relief, hair and skin care and fresh breath.

To aid digestion, enjoy mint in cooking or as a tea.

Look out for this delicious herb on the menu at The Brasserie and in our refreshing smoothies and juices at Juiced @ The Wicket.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Callaloo

Posted by on 7th March 2018

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Introducing one of our favourite Carribean superfoods, callaloo, growing in abundance in The Brasserie’s organic garden at Cricket Square.

Callaloo is an edible green leafy plant that is native to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In the Carribean, it is called “Malanga” while in other parts of the world, it may be called Chinese spinach, calalu or taro root.

Callaloo is rich in vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting. It’s also abundant in vitamin C which boosts the immune system keeping diseases at bay and contains vitamin A to promote good eyesight and is a great antioxidant too.

This delicious leafy green contains manganese, which promotes healthy skin, hair and bones and due to its magnesium content, callaloo improves blood circulation and helps regulate sugar levels. It’s also important for prevention of muscle spasms.

Rich in potassium, which is an important electrolyte in the regulation of blood pressure and nerve and muscle communication, callaloo also plays an important role in the functioning of the kidneys, heart and other organs.

Callaloo is a great source of protein like phenylalaline, methionine, lysine, cysteine, tryptophan, histidine and other amino acids. These are great in building, repairing and strengthening of the muscles.

High in dietary fibre for better bowel movement, this superfood is rich in antioxidants that fights off free-radicals that cause harm to the body and strengthens the immune system to help fight off infections.

Enjoy callaloo in your favourite juice or smoothie at Juiced @ The Wicket!

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