February 17, 2018

Grapes are fruits that come in many varieties and are used in a wide range of popular foods such as jams, jellies and wine. Grapes are highly packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The phytonutrient resveratrol present in grapes is believed to be good for the heart.

The two main types of grapes are white and red grapes under which more categories tend to branch out:

Red grapes:

•           Cabernet Sauvignon

•           Merlot

•           Pinot Noir

•           Syrah

•           Zinfandel

White grapes:

•           Riesling

•           Silvan...

October 23, 2017

Rice is one of the world’s most important food crops. Rice is the chief food item for about half the world’s population mainly in Asia, Africa and central and South America. Leading rice-growing countries today are China, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Rice is also grown and consumed in most other parts of the world including Australia, Europe and North America.

Evidence shows that rice was domesticated about 8,200–13,500 years ago in the Pearl River valley and the Yangtze River valley regions of Ancient China. Rice cultivation expanded into Southeast Asia, India and Nepal about 3000 BC.

Rice terraces carved into the mountains 2000 years ago are still used today in the Ifugao province of Filippines to grow rice. The terraces are irrigated by an ancient irrigation system using the water from the ra...

September 2, 2017

Amita Vadlamudi is a long time computer professional. In her spare time Amita Vadlamudi likes to read, research and write about various subjects including food and nutrition.

If the taste is not judged by the price, peanuts may be the best tasting nuts. Fortunately they are the least expensive nuts. And peanuts are ubiquitous, especially in the United States. Technically, peanuts are not nuts. They are in fact a kind of peas that grow underground. However, they feel and taste much like nuts and they are indeed treated as nuts.

Although a few people are allergic to peanuts, for most American children peanuts are the staple food. Without peanuts, there will be no peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, reeses peanut butter cups and snickers bars. Peanuts are more popular than chocolate. There...

April 5, 2017

While spending most time working with computers Amita Vadlamudi finds it relaxing to read up on non-computer related subjects. Like Amita Vadlamudi, anyone could find that even an everyday subject such as peaches could be very interesting once they start reading up on it.

Peaches are widely popular fruit in the United States. Peaches are not only popular for their taste but also for their beautiful looks. Their distinct yellow, pinkish skin is the inspiration for the color named - peach. Along with their relatives nectarines, plums and apricots, peaches make a spectacular presentation on the supermarket fruit stands during summer months.

Unlike apples which are available throughout the year, peaches are generally available only during summer and fall seasons. However, peaches are used in as many var...

March 6, 2017

Apples make one of the best carry-on snacks while outdoors, especially on hikes. They not only curb your hunger and boost your energy, they quench your thirst at the same time.

There are many varieties of apples in the market – red delicious, golden delicious, McIntosh, Fuji, granny smith, gala and many more. It does not matter what variety of apples you choose; it is just the matter of taste.  All apples have just about the same nutritional value.  An average apple has about 80 calories. It has good amount of fiber and vitamin C. It is good in antioxidants. Apples also have low glycemic index, which provides for constant and even supply of energy while helping avoid sudden blood sugar highs and lows.

Apples are easy to carry. Just wash and slice them and store them in a ziplock bag or a small...

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Amita Vadlamudi is a Computer Programming Engineer with a specialty in IBM Mainframe computing. 

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