Turmeric is a healing spice if there ever was one! Hailing from the root of Curcuma longa - a leafy plant in the Zingiberaceae, or ginger family - recent research shows this golden-hued spice helps to fight cancer, guard against Alzheimer's, and balance blood sugar. That's because curcumin, the phytonutrient that gives turmeric its color, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory … [Read more...]

mustard seeds

Mustard Seeds

The mustard plant belongs to the same cancer-fighting family as broccoli-Cruciferous family. Through the centuries mustard has been used for culinary as well as medicinal purposes, most notably because of its beneficial effects on the respiratory system. Two major types of mustard seed are used — white (or yellow ) and brown (or Asian ). Mustard seeds are sold whole, ground into powder or … [Read more...]

fennel seeds

Fennel Seed

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Salt (sodium chloride) is required by the human body for the regulation of fluid balance. Salt comes either from salt mines or from the sea. Table salt is a fine-grained refined salt with additives and typically iodine (sodium iodide). Kosher salt is additive-free and coarse-grained. Sea salt is the type used through the ages and is the result of the evaporation of sea water — the more costly … [Read more...]



Spices are aromatic seasonings derived from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of various plants and trees. Prized long before recorded history, spices have always been used to flavor foods. In addition, they have been used as medicine, in perfumes and fragrances and in ceremonies. Once thought to only lend flavor to the dishes they accompanied, research now shows that spices are … [Read more...]



Paprika is an antioxidant-rich spice which comes from a mild red pepper - Capsicum annum. The peppers used in paprika are grown in Hungary, Spain, South America, and California. Paprika is the main flavor in Hungarian cooking, including dishes such as Goulash and Chicken Paprikash. Paprika is brilliant red and ranges from sweet and mild to hot. American Paprika is the most bland, while … [Read more...]



Vanilla beans are the long, greenish-yellow seed pods of the tropical orchid plant, Vanilla planifolia. Before the plant flowers, the pods are picked, unripe, and cured until they're dark brown. The process takes up to six months. To obtain “pure vanilla extract”, cured vanilla beans are steeped in alcohol. According to law, pure vanilla extract must be 35 percent alcohol by volume. Vanilla … [Read more...]


Black Pepper

Pepper is the dried berry of Piper nigrum and the world's most popular spice. The vine - which can grow up to ten feet tall - is indigenous to India and Asia. Black pepper, the spiciest variety, is made from berries that are picked unripe. The berries used for white pepper are ripened on the vine and soaked so that their outer hulls are easily removed. Green peppercorns are immature berries … [Read more...]


Red Pepper

<p>Red pepper is made from the ground fruit of a plant in the Capsicum family. </p><p>The fruits, commonly known as <a href="../healthy-foods/chili-peppers">"chilies" or "chili peppers"</a>, are small, fiery red or orange pods which rarely grow to more than 4 inches in length. The ground spice ranges from orange-red, to deep, dark red. </p><p>Red pepper is … [Read more...]



Saffron is the stigma of Crocus sativus, a flowering plant in the crocus family native to the Mediterranean. Saffron is the world's most expensive spice because more than 225,000 stigmas must be hand picked to produce one pound. In its pure form, saffron is a mass of compressed, threadlike, dark orange strands. Saffron is cultivated primarily in Spain and is used in French bouillabaisse, … [Read more...]

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