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Food Dictionary

Borner A-Z Food Dictionary

„Eat to live, not live to eat.“ (Socrates – Greek philosopher)

The variety of foods available in industrial countries is vast. When it comes to making the right diet choices, plant-based foods should be selected as the main part of the diet over products of animal origin. This includes whole meal cereal products, fruit, vegetables and salad.

Whether raw, steamed, fried, grilled or baked fruits and vegetables are enjoyable in many ways. Fresh seasonal fruits may not always be within reach. Frozen foods are an ideal alternative when maintaining a balanced diet. Since immediately frozen after they are harvested, they not only retain their flavor but also most of their vitamins and minerals. Often times these are lost during long transit times and storage of fresh foods. It pays off to keep a supply of frozen foods handy that can be prepared in small portions as needed. After all, food should not only taste delicious but also contain nutrients, which strengthen body and mind on a day-to-day basis.

Click here for the Borner season calendar with ideal harvest times for regional fruits and vegetables.

The Borner food dictionary provides valuable information about ingredients, origin and processing of plant-based foods.



Apples – crispy stone fruit 

„An apple a day keeps the doctor away.“ This old saying still holds true. Apples are rich in vitamins, trace elements and healing properties. They contain a high content of bioflavonoids. The secondary plant substances protect the body from cell damaging free radicals and inflammations. [more]







Dates – Bread of the desert

Dates belong to the family of stone fruits. Their high sugar content earned them the name “bread of the desert”. Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. [more]







Eggplant – mediterranean summer vegetable

The eggplant is thought of as a vegetable but it is actually a berry of the nightshade. It is rich in potassium and B and C vitamins. Eggplant is a good source of fiber.It also contains high amounts of various types of phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid, which may help protect cells from damage and lower the risk of heart disease. [more]






Figs – a low calorie treat

Delicious, sweet fig fruit is a prime fruit enjoyed since antiquity in the human history. Figs are naturally rich in phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins. Dried figs are a great source of minerals and vitamins. The fig fruit tree is native to the temperate climate of Asia Minor or Turkey and today is grown as an important fruit of commerce in the eastern Mediterranean region, the USA and Spain. [more]






Green cabbage – a super food 

The cabbage season starts after the first frost in October or November and cabbage lovers are looking forward to it every year. Cabbage has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years and domesticated for over 2,500 years. Since cabbage grows well in cool climates, yields large harvests, and stores well during winter, it soon became a major crop in Europe. [more]







Ginger – a root with healing power

Numerous scientific studies have proven the positive effect that ginger has on our health. Its main ingredient gingerol and the contained essential oils inhibit enzymes that play a role in the formation of inflammations and pain in the body. Ginger is used in pain therapy and treatment for osteoarthritis. [more]








Hazelnuts – small power packs

The image of hazelnuts has changed over the past decades. Once considered a fattening food full of calories, nutrition experts now recommend eating them due to the contained “good” fat, which supports a strong heart amongst other health benefits. [more]








Kiwi – the small bright green fruit 

The kiwi fruit is not even a native of New Zealand like the bird. The fruit really originates from southeastern China. It was called the Chinese gooseberry until it was transplanted to tropical places in the early 1900s. A grower in New Zealand noticed that it resembled the shaggy, round kiwi bird and started calling it kiwi fruit. [more]








Oranges – loaded with good stuff

Juicy, sweet, and well known for their concentration of vitamin C, oranges make a perfect snack and add a special tang to many recipes. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. In addition, oranges are a good source of B vitamins including B1, pantothenic acid, and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium. [more]






Peppers – full of vitamins and low in calories

Peppers are low in calories and loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Peppers come in all sizes and colors. Some pack heat while others are sweet. You can get them fresh, frozen, dried or canned. Green peppers are harvested earlier, before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange and then red. [more]






Red cabbage – the one with many names 

Red cabbage is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals. One cup of cooked red cabbage will satisfy 85 % of the daily vitamin C requirement. Those vitamins are antioxidants and powerful natural chemicals that can help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, bone loss, stroke and heart attack. In addition to being packed with vitamin C and anthocyanins, red cabbage is loaded with fiber, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and potassium. [more]






Strawberry – the sweet fruit of summer

Strawberries have a history that goes back over 2,200 years. Strawberries grew wild in Italy as long ago as 234 B.C. and were discovered in Virginia by the first Europeans when their ships landed in 1588.Strawberries are packed with health benefits, are low in calories and high in fiber. One cup contains only 54 calories. [more]