Mulberries — the superfood coloring Al-Ahsa’s markets

Mulberries — the superfood coloring Al-Ahsa’s markets
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Classed as a superfood, Mulberries are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. (SPA)
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Classed as a superfood, Mulberries are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. (SPA)
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Classed as a superfood, Mulberries are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. (SPA)
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Classed as a superfood, Mulberries are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. (SPA)
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Updated 01 May 2024
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Mulberries — the superfood coloring Al-Ahsa’s markets

Mulberries — the superfood coloring Al-Ahsa’s markets
  • Small red and black fruits are highly prized, not just for their delicious taste but for the health benefits they bring
  • Season is brief, starting after the chill of winter and lasting around a month

RIYADH: Mulberry season has arrived, adding a bright splash of color to the fruit and vegetable markets in Al-Ahsa governorate.

The small red and black fruits are highly prized, not just for their delicious taste but for the health benefits they bring.

Their season is brief, starting after the chill of winter and lasting around a month. The current harvest is red, but the berries can also be blue or purple. They are sweet when fully mature and have a tart flavor during the earlier stages.

Mulberries enjoy a devoted following among farmers and consumers alike. Prices fluctuate depending on ripeness and size, ranging from SR5 ($1.33) to SR15 ($4) per half kilo, Saudi Press Agency reported.

They are a popular ingredient in cakes and ice cream, or as a decoration for various foods. The juice is enjoyed by many and the berries can be frozen for later consumption.

Dr. Hossam Al-Din Hussein Mahmoud, a professor of fruit science at King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa, said various types of mulberries were grown in the region including red, Iranian, Kashmiri and American.

He also talked about ongoing research at the university’s College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, which aims to document all strains and varieties of fruit found in Al-Ahsa, and discussed the health benefits associated with mulberries.

Classed as a superfood, they are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are also believed to contribute to healthy blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Their high anthocyanin content means they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can lower the risk of some diseases and enhance the immune and digestive systems.

Consumption of mulberries is also linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease risk, lower blood cholesterol, better skin health and heart rate regulation.


KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees
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KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief’s Center for Community Service celebrated International Youth Skills Day at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The center held a special ceremony for the occasion, including various activities highlighting the skills of young people in the community and an awareness lecture to encourage women to develop their talents and capabilities, join training courses, and work with organizations to acquire new skills and experiences.


KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan

KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan
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KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan

KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan
  • There were 400 shelter bags delivered in Blue Nile state, benefiting 2,300 people, and 590 were delivered in the Northern State, helping 3,240 individuals

RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief has distributed nearly 1,000 shelter kits across Sudan to families most in need, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday.
There were 400 shelter bags delivered in Blue Nile state, benefiting 2,300 people, and 590 were delivered in the Northern State, helping 3,240 individuals.
The assistance is part of the humanitarian and relief efforts provided by Saudi Arabia through KSrelief to support countries and people in need worldwide.


Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition

Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition
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Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition

Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition
  • Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazaa said the victory was a source of pride for the entire nation

RIYADH: Saudi maths students scooped 10 awards, fending off strong competition from 38 countries, in the 36th annual Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday.

The Saudi team, represented by the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and the Education Ministry, won two silver medals, five bronze, and three certificates of commendation against 345 other students.

Youssef Bakheet from the educational directorate of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, and Muath Al-Qahtani from the Eastern Province, received the silver medals.

The bronze medals were awarded to Mohammed Al-Ghamdi and Ilyas Al-Faraj from the Eastern Province, Ahmed Al-Shahri from Riyadh, Fatima Bouali from Al-Ahsa and Ahmed Khalawi from Jeddah.

The certificates of commendation were awarded to Mohammed Hafez and Abdul Salam Al-Salmi from Madinah, as well as Youssef Khalawi from Jeddah.

Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazaa said the victory was a source of pride for the entire nation.

The participation at APMO was part of the Mawhiba program for international Olympiads, which is held in strategic partnership with the Education Ministry.

It is one of 20 programs and initiatives that offer advanced curricula and enrichment programs provided annually by Mawhiba and the ministry for talented students.


Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 
Updated 25 July 2024
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Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji participated on Wednesday in the Second Consultative Meeting Enhancing Coordination of Peace Initiatives and Efforts in Sudan, the Saudi Press Agency said.

During the meeting held in Djibouti, he reiterated the Kingdom’s continued efforts to resolve the Sudanese crisis, and its welcome and openness to international efforts and initiatives aimed at achieving peace in Sudan.

Al-Khuraiji said that the US and the Kingdom facilitated talks between the Sudanese parties in Jeddah, resulting in signing of the Jeddah Declaration to protect civilians in Sudan.

He expressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness on the return of security and stability to Sudan and urging the Sudanese parties to give priority to wisdom and self-restraint, and to show flexibility and respond to positive and humanitarian initiatives.


The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea

The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea
Updated 25 July 2024
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The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea

The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea
  • Taif region is major attraction for tourists as it has some of Kingdom’s most diverse flora and fauna

TAIF: In Saudi Arabia’s Makkah province, Mount Daka and Shams Al-Assil provide rare views of the sparkling Red Sea and the Taif region’s diverse flora and fauna.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka, located in the heart of Ash Shafa, can be seen from Shams Al-Assil.

Local and international tourists often head up the mountain to experience the view.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka is one of the destinations that nature-lovers seek to reach to experience its breathtaking nature.  (SPA)

Mount Daka’s environment is replete with wildlife living among its juniper, acacia, sidr and salam trees.

It is a highly sought-after spot in the Sarawat Mountains range because of its natural environment and animals including rock hyraxes, ibex, rabbits, and Arabian leopards.

Rain and fog may form over it, and its flowers and aromatic plants are a haven for swarms of honey-producing bees.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka is one of the destinations that nature-lovers seek to reach to experience its breathtaking nature.  (SPA)