Green Cardamom
Jun02

Green Cardamom

Background and origin Green cardamom, like the black variety, is part of the ginger family.  The green cardamom plant, elettaria, is also known as true cardamom and is the most popular variety of cardamom.  It is used to flavour food and drink, as a spice and in medicine. Native to South East Asia, namely India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia, green cardamom is also grown in Central America.  In India the states of Sikkim and...

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Black Pepper

Here we discuss the world’s most popular food seasoning; black pepper. What it is, where it comes from and how it is used.   Background Black pepper is a flowering vine produced for its fruit.  It is grown in hot climates for 3-4 years when the buds start to develop.  The berries are picked and then dried until dark and shrivelled, resulting in what we know as the peppercorn. Black pepper is native to India and is widely produced...

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Mustard seed
Mar16

Mustard seed

Mustard seeds are from the mustard plant, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family and related to broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.  There are many different varieties of mustard plants but only three primary types used for its seeds: black mustard (Brassica nigra), white mustard (Brassica alba) and brown mustard (Brassica juncea). Types Black mustard seeds have the most pungent taste, white mustard seeds (which are actually...

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Cumin
Mar01

Cumin

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) Said to be the second most popular spice globally, here we delve into the description of cumin; where it is found and how it is used.  A common ingredient in cuisines all over the world, we look at cooking with cumin and the uses of cumin in curries, as well as its herbal remedies. Cumin is the seed of a small umbelliferous plant that is part of the parsley family.  The plant has a slim stem that grows to 20cm...

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Garlic
Feb22

Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) Here we discuss the different ways garlic can be prepared and used in curries and the popular Indian dishes it is used in.  We also look at a few of its health benefits. Garlic is probably the most popular spice not only in Indian cooking, but in cuisines all over the world.  It is estimated that 90% of the world’s food contains garlic in some shape or form. A close relative of chives, onions, leeks and...

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