Ingredient Profile: Strawberries

A Harbinger of Summer: Strawberries Strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome. Well, that’s not a surprise as Romans knew how to be indulgent. I believe strawberries are now the most popular berry fruit in the world. But, did you know that in provincial France, they were regarded as an aphrodisiac? One of the interesting… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Strawberries


Ingredient Profile: Cabbage

Cabbage, for me, means winter. It is such a sturdy vegetable; it survives cold winters. When you eat cabbage while in season, everything that protects cabbage against cold works for you exactly the same way. That’s what we call seasonal eating. Types of Cabbage The most common types of cabbage are: • Green cabbage •… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Cabbage

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Ingredient Profile: Fennel

Fennel is a squat, bulbous vegetable which looks like cross between a celery heart and an onion. It has a sweet, anise-like flavour and its fronds resemble dill. Fronds are edible, by the way. So are the seeds. Fennel grows in abundance in the Mediterranean region, and is thus used widely in Italian cuisine. With… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Fennel

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Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion

Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion Cucumber is popular around the world for its fresh, cooling properties. Fresh cucumber is combined with yoghurt in India called raita, mixed with yoghurt and garlic in Turkey and Greece as a dip called Cacık and Tzatziki respectively. Cucumber Season Although cucumbers can be purchased all year round, locally grown… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion

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Ingredient Profile: Purslane or Green Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) comes from Portulaceae family and has many names like green purslane, pigweed, portulaca, kitchen-garden purslane, poor man’s spinach and munyeroo (Aboriginal term). Purslane is considered as a weed by many farmers. However, it is an edible succulent with a chewy texture and a mild, slightly lemony taste. Depending on the variety, the… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Purslane or Green Purslane

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Ingredient Profile: Avocados

Avocados have a long history and the diets of the Incas and Aztecs in the 16th century. In fact, traces of avocados have been found in excavations in Mexico that date way back to 7000 BC. It is said that avocado was once called ‘the alligator pear'. Perhaps it is because of its crocodile-like skin… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Avocados

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Ingredient Profile: Broccoli

Ingredient Profile: Broccoli Broccoli –botanical name is Brassica oleracea cv.italica—comes from the highly nutritious Brassica family and considered to be a cruciferous vegetable. Brassica family also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach and chard. Origin Broccoli is originated from Italy more than 2000 years ago. From there, it spread throughout Europe and was introduced to the… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Broccoli

Fruits · Ingredients

Fruit Profile: Pomegranates

Fruit Profile: Pomegranates Pomegranates are a member of the Punicaceas family. Its name comes from the French words “pomme garnete”, meaning seeded apple. Every pomegranate fruit is composed of a rind, inner membrane and seeds. Seeds are covered with juicy, ruby-red pulp which provides a refreshing sweet and tart notes. Origin of Pomegranates Pomegranates are… Continue reading Fruit Profile: Pomegranates

Herbs and Spices · Ingredients

Ingredient Profile: Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the Liliaceae family –the same family of onion, leek, chives and shallot. It is also known as poor man’s treacle, clown’s treacle, stinking rose, heal-all and rustic’s treacle. Being one of the oldest known cultivated plants in the world, garlic was fed to the builders of the pyramids… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Garlic

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Ingredient Profile: Tomatoes

Vegetable Profile: Tomatoes Origin of Tomatoes Tomatoes are native to Central America and had been brought to Europe by the Spaniards. However, Europeans initially thought that they were poisonous so they did not gain popularity for quite some time. They were right to a certain degree as tomatoes belong in nightshade family of plant and… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Tomatoes