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What the heck is annatto?

Have you ever noticed the ingredient annatto seeds or ground annatto called for in your recipe and wondered, “What the heck is annatto?” Annatto comes from the seeds of the achiote tree. The achiote is a small tree, shrub-like, that grows in tropical areas of the world. Annatto is technically a spice because it comes […]

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Peppercorn Medley Tips

Peppercorn Medley Tips

Did you know that pepper is the third most common ingredient used in cooking and baking after water and salt? You will find pepper on nearly every table and in most recipes. Many consider it to be the world’s most important spice. Pepper is an excellent seasoning and using whole peppercorns with a grinder is […]

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Why is Cardamom so Expensive?

Why is Cardamom so Expensive?

A question I hear frequently is, “Why is Cardamom so Expensive?” Fact: Green Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight in the world. Only a few others, such as Saffron and Vanilla, are more expensive. The main reason this spice is so expensive is because it needs to be harvested by hand. […]

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Cinnamon may slow the progressions of Parkinson’s disease

Cinnamon May Slow The Progression of Parkinson’s

Cinnamon may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, according to an article published in WellBeing.com this week. The Research in this article was sourced from the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. This discovery is an encouraging advancement in the treatment of this devastating disease. The article cites a new study that investigated both types of cinnamon, […]

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Several Indian Spices Offer Disease-Prevention Benefits

Expert touts disease-prevention benefits of Indian spices. According to an article published this week in Fox News, some of the spices most commonly used in Indian cuisine contain properties that help prevent diseases such as cancer. They interviewed an expert from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ Department of Medical Oncology, Dr. Lalit Kumar. […]

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history of marjoram

The History of Marjoram

In 2014, much of our blog has been focused on the history of different herbs, spices and blends. We have shared lots of interesting facts and myths. This week we will be discussing the history of marjoram. Common Name: Marjoram Latin/Scientific Name: Origanum majorana Other Names: Wild Marjoram, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Garden Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, […]

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