Feeding a metropolis: Mexico City’s Central Market

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — With hotels, car rental agencies, restaurants and even banks, Mexico City’s main fruit and vegetable market, the “Central de Abasto,” is more than just a place to get your groceries — it is a mini city within a city. The mega-market supplies a vast capital city and its surroundings with produce from its labyrinthine hallways, with almost half a million people shopping there daily for avocados, tomatoes and a variety […]

Eating leafy greens may stave off memory loss: study

  MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Eating one serving of leafy greens per day may stave off memory loss in old age and keep the brain more youthful, according to research published Wednesday. The difference found between elderly people who ate greens and those who did not was stunning: the equivalent of being 11 years younger in age, said the study in the journal Neurology. While the research was based on survey responses and therefore […]

Of Cabbages and Kims: Korea’s changing kimchis

By Hwang Sunghee in Seoul and Sebastien Berger in Pyongyang Agence France Presse PYONGYANG, North Korea (AFP) — North and South Korea are radically different societies, one ruled by the same family for decades and the other a freewheeling democracy and thrusting economy. But one thing unites them — their love of fermented cabbage. Kimchi, originally a means of preserving the vegetable during winter and which can vary from mild to fiery, has been a […]

Naples pizza twirling wins coveted UNESCO ‘intangible’ status

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Naples’ pizza twirling joined UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage” Thursday, securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi artfrom traditionally practised only by women. The art of ‘pizzaiuolo’ — which has been handed down for generations in the southern Italian city — was given the nod by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee, who met on the South Korean island of Jeju. It comes […]

Factory worker wins first Tiramisu World Cup

by Giovanna Girardi with Ella Ide in Rome Agence France-Presse TREVISO, Italy (AFP) — An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of Italy’s famous dessert. Hundreds of would-be pudding maestros descended on the city of Treviso armed with whisks and sieves to compete in the two-day challenge to make the best tiramisu, which means “pick-me-up” in Italian. […]

Balkan pepper relish stirs appetites and pride

by Rachel O’Brien with Rusmir Smajilhodzic Agence France-Presse LESKOVAC, Serbia (AFP) – It’s a source of Balkan rivalry but one ubiquitous smell: the wood-fire roasting of peppers wafting through towns and villages each autumn as families prepare the region’s best-loved relish. Slathered on bread, nibbled with cheese or served alongside meat dishes, “ajvar” has for generations filled the shelves of winter pantries — and the rich spread’s production is a matter of no little pride. “We […]

McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — McDonalds says it will start globally rolling back use of antibiotics in its chicken products from 2018 as part of efforts to curb microbial resistance to drugs and the rise of superbugs. The decision follows a similar move undertaken in the US market in 2016. It applies to drugs that are also used in human medicine, called Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials (HPCIA) by the World Health Organization (WHO). […]

Barry Callebaut unveils ‘fourth flavor’ of chocolate: the Ruby

SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) — Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut on Tuesday (September 5) unveiled what it calls the ‘fourth type’ of chocolate, after milk, dark and white — ruby. At a media event in China’s eastern economic hub of Shanghai, Barry Callebaut CEO Antoine de Saint-Afrique said the new type of chocolate, of a dark pink hue, is made from the Ruby bean and tested successfully on the Chinese market. To create it, neither berries, artificial […]

Sushi chefs from around the world battle in Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Thirty sushi chefs from 15 nations battled on Friday (August 25) in Tokyo for the title of the most creative sushi plate of the year. The annual competition, World Sushi Cup Japan, was held on the sidelines of a seafood expo in Tokyo. Judges decided the winner based on the creativity and originality of their sushi plate, which consists of about 20 to 40 pieces of sushi. They also looked at their […]

Sizzling sisig aces the Citi Open 2017 tailgate party in Washington D.C.

By Ace Ramirez EBC Washington D.C. Bureau WASHINGTON D.C. (Eagle News) – Chopped pork grilled to crispy perfection, topped with onion and chili peppers, garnished on the side with slices of cucumber and tomatoes, and served on a sizzling hot plate – the Philippines’ inarguably the most popular appetizer graced and aced the 2017 Citi Open Tailgate Party at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Over 150 guests from the Citi Open tournament sampled the […]

Outlandish square watermelon gaining popularity in Japan

TOKYO, Japan (CCTV) — The proverb “rarity brings high prices” has proven universally true and lastingly so. Thirty years since its invention, square watermelon still fetches some $150  per fruit in its birthplace of Japan. But some salesmen argue that square watermelon was invented as an indoor ornament rather than fruit. “Square watermelons are not meant for eating in fact. They are sold as ornamental items for household decoration. They are good for at least […]

Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study

by Kerry Sheridan Agence France-Presse MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of growth stunting and early death, experts warned Wednesday. Researchers say they still don’t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants, but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across […]