Parsley Parsley is a fresh flavored bright green biennial plant that is widely used in many countries on foods as a garnish, a seasoning in soups, sauces and salads. Parsley can be easily grown in your back yard or anywhere that receives direct sunlight. Parsley has many health benefits and is a great source of flavanoids, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin A,  K, & C. Origin-Central Mediterranean Region Plant– Apiaceae Scientific name – Petroselinum Crisp um Nutritional facts of 100 g of parsley Calories -36 Sodium – 56 mg Potassium – 554 mg Total carbs – 6 g Dietary fiber – 3.3 g Protein – 3Read More →

  What is garlic powder? Garlic powder is dried garlic that has been finely diced to create a powder form,  it is used mostly as a spice in cooking, but can also be used for medical purposes and home remedies. The technique of making garlic powder involves removing by hand the peelings, separating, dehydrating and grinding them into fine particles. Garlic powder has the same nutrients as fresh garlic, it can be found in suppliment form which may be available at your local health food stores and pharmacy. Plant– Amaryllidacea Origin– Central Asia Method – Dehydration & Grinding Scientific name– Allium Sativum  ( onion genusRead More →

Nutmeg Nutmeg ( myristica fragrans) is a hard shelled dried aromatic spherical seed of a tropical evergreen tree which grows up to 15 meters high, mace is the dried net-like covering she’ll of the seed. Nutmeg and mace both have various medicinal and culinary purposes, but the most common use of nutmeg worldwide is as a spice. Mace, which is the outer covering shell has a more delicate flavor and is often used to prepare light dishes while the taste of nutmeg is slightly sweeter and is used to flavor many dishes. Plant– myristica evergreen tree 15 meters tall Origin– Bandali Island Indonesia Method– removed,Read More →

What is Tumeric Among other spices tumeric ( curcuma longa) has many great health benefits, mostly cultivated in in China, India and Asia, tumeric is a member of the ginger family and has a yellowish orange color that is used as a flavoring in various types of foods. Tumeric is also a primary component of curry powders and certain kinds of mustards. Tumeric is a scented plant and has a bitter taste. After cultivation, the roots and the bulbs are boiled, dried and ground into a smooth yellow powder. Tumeric also has an active ingredient called curcumin which is filled with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.Read More →

What is ginger Ginger is commonly used as a spice in various cuisines throughout the world, it is the rhizome/ bulb of the plant zingiber officinale in the family of zingiberaceae. Ginger originated from China then later Spread  to India and southeast Asia. Name– zingiber officinale Origin– Indian subcontinent southern Asia Method– gathered, washed & scraped/ dried & ground for powdered ginger Plant– flowering plant zingiberaceae Nutritional values of 100 g of root & 1 tsp powder Calories- 80 Sodium- 13 mg Potassium – 415 mg Total carbs – 18 g Dietary fiber – 2 g Protein – 1.8 g Vitamin c – 8% VitaminRead More →

What is cinnamon From beyond borders, all through ancient history, found in religious text, used as incents,  in perfumes, traditional herbal medicine, spells and spice. The cinnamon tree is an Asian mender of the laurel family, it has brown papery bark and leathery textured leaves that produces yellow flowers followed by little purple berries during summertime. In the western world the use of cinnamon is popular in preparing soups, cereals, deserts and marinades, while in some Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India cinnamon is added to almost every type of dish. Scientific name – Cinnamomun Verum / Ceylon cinnamon ( true cinnamon) &Read More →