Recipe of the month – August
‘Mango Chutney with Blackseeds’ is a delicious, thick relish that can be served as an accompaniment to main meals. Blackseeds are one of nature’s ‘superfoods’.
This recipe uses only low-histamine ingredients, as listed in the book “Is Food Making You Sick?”
- 2 to 3 green mangoes, peeled and diced.
- 1 cup sugar (white or raw)
- 2 tablespoon rice bran oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of blackseeds (nigella sativa)
- 1/4 teaspoon prepared wasabi (vinegar-free)
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds, dry roasted. (Or use coriander powder)
- a small knob of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Slightly heat the oil in a large skillet that can be fitted with a lid. Add the blackseeds and stir to roast lightly.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Cover skillet with the lid and simmer on a low heat for around 10 minutes, until ingredients are soft. Stir occasionally.
- Allow to cool, then use within 2 days.
- Keep refrigerated.
- If you make a large batch, divide into serving-size portions in small plastic containers. Freeze them separately and defrost when ready to use them.
Shop for unusual ingredients
Kevala Organic Raw Black Cumin Seeds (Nigella Sativa) 1 Lb
Starwest Botanicals Organic Fenugreek Seed
Jiva Organics Coriander Seeds — 3.5 oz
Fresh Ginger Root / Adrak – 1lb
King Rice Bran Oil, 33.8-Ounce
Fresh Green Mango (Set of 6)
Cashews and Histamine
Cashews. They’re delicious, nutritious and versatile. But can they be eaten by people with histamine intolerance (HIT)?
Opinions are divided. One blogger, who says she is a “holistic health coach”, actively encourages people with HIT to eat cashews. On the other hand, Dr. Amy Myers, writing for Mindbodygreen, lists cashews under “Histamine-Rich Foods”, as does the website for Histamine Intolerance Awareness UK.
Histamine intolerance specialist Dr Janice Joneja says: “Unless the person is allergic to them, the following are generally safe on the histamine-restricted diet as long as they are free from any additional ingredients – Pure nuts and seeds, which includes sunflower seeds, cashew nuts and coconut and their derivatives such as coconut or cashew milk. The only seeds restricted are pumpkin seeds.”
Other histamine experts insist that coconut and all nuts and seeds should be avoided. Indeed, the world of histamine intolerance can be confusing!
Which is exactly why “Is Food Making You Sick” is all about the “STRICTLY Low Histamine Diet”. According to the old saying, “It is better to be safe than sorry”, this book lists as “safe” only the foods upon which all reputable authorities agree. Not everyone agrees that cashews can be included in a low histamine diet so we recommend that people with HIT should avoid them.
Of course, the low histamine diet is not a life-long diet. It is a diet to lower your histamine to safe levels. When you’ve been on the diet for long enough to feel better, you can gradually and slowly re-introduce small quantities of additive-free cashews (or other histamine-rich foods) into your diet, while carefully monitoring your health.
Wishing you health and happiness!