Canarian mojo sauce tastes great and is made with fresh, healthy ingredients. Here're seven reasons why you should eat as much mojo sauce as possible in the Canary Islands.
Mojo contains lots of raw garlic which is linked to wide range of health benefits: It prevents heart disease, including plaque buildup in the arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and boosts the immune system. Eating garlic regularly may also help protect against cancer and viral infection. It's one of the healthiest foods out there and the best way to eat it is raw.
Cumin gives both green and red mojo sauce its depth of flavour and is a popular spice in many Canarian dishes. The peppery and nutty seeds are rich in essential iron and a big helping of mojo sauce provides at least 20% of the blood-boosting mineral your body needs every day. Iron also stimulates the digestive system and seems to enhance the body's production of enzymes and its ability to mop up free radicals.
The fire in mojo picon comes from tiny local chili peppers called "pimientos de la puta madre": Literally "mother f****r chilis". Similar to bird's eye chilis they grow with their tips pointing upwards and pack a real punch for their size. Chilis are packed with vitamin C and the hot ones are full of capsaicin: A recognised anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving substance. Hot peppers are also anti-oxidant, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent congestion and help you to regulate insulin levels. All in all, eating hot sauces like mojo picon is incredibly healthy: One more reason to dip another papa into the bowl.
Fresh coriander, known in the Canary Islands as cilantro, gives green mojo its vibrant colour and fresh taste. It's packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals and is rich in calcium. Fresh coriander also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, helps to regulate blood sugar levels and reduces blood cholesterol. All good reasons to dip into the green bowl.
Most of the vitamin C in potatoes is just under the skin and disappears if potatoes are peeled before they are cooked. Unpeeled papas have a low GI rating, are full of vitamins and high in fibre. The best papas con mojo is made with a Canary Island potato variety called the papas negras: Black potatoes. They are actually purple with yellow flesh and grow only in the Canary Islands. Papas negras are especially healthy as the skins are packed with antioxidants.
The sea salt in mojo sauce, and also on the potatoes it comes with, is packed with minerals and rare ocean elements that the body needs. Sea water contains all 89 elements found in a healthy human body and eating ocean salt is a great ay to make sure you have enough of them.
And most importantly
Eating mojo sauce is good for you because you're eating it in the sunny Canary Islands. Just being here makes you feel better: Sunshine boosts you vitamin D levels, the bright light increases feel-good serotonin levels and resets your body clock, and being by the ocean cuts stress and makes you feel good. Combined with the healthy ingredients of mojo sauce, you can't help but feel happy and healthy here.
Just go easy on the ron miel.