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  • Fenugreek Seeds

    Spice Profile: Fenugreek

    Scientific Name Trigonella foenum-graecum Pronounced: Fen-oo-GREEK The scientific name Trigonella refers to triangularly shaped flowers. Foenum-graecum translates into 'Greek Hay' What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is a leafy green plant that can be used in may ways. Fresh leaves are used in Iranian and Indian cooking, the sprouted seeds are used in salads and seeds are used in spice blends, baking and pickles. The seeds can even be ground to make flour for breads. How Can I Use Fenugreek? Uses: Fresh leaves can be used as a vegetable, cooked with potatoes, spinach or rice, or chopped and added to dough. Dried leaves can be...

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  • Star Anise

    Spice Profile: Star Anise

    Spice Profile: Star Anise, Illicium Verum  Star Anise is pronounced as star \ˈa-nəs\ , scientific name Illicium Verum. Anise is often mispronounced. Hear the correct pronunciation.   Also Known As Star Anise is also known as star anise seeds, star aniseed, Chinese star anise, anise stars, Chinese anise, Indian anise, chakra phool, and takkola.   What is Star Anise? Star Anise is a spice that is widely used in cooking and home remedies. It is the dried, star-shaped fruit of a small oriental tree. It’s rust-colored, has tough skin, and can measure to over 1” long. Each star has between...

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  • Fennel Seed Spice

    Spice Profile: Fennel

    Scientific Name Foeniculum Vulgare What is Fennel? A relative of the bulbous fennel used as a vegetable, fennel herb is a tall, hardy perennial that is used mostly for its seeds. Fennel, like parsley, is a member of the carrot family. What is the History of Fennel? Fennel is native to the Mediterranean and is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Romans ate fennel as a vegetable and it has been used medicinally all over Asia.  How is Fennel Grown? Fennel plants grow easily in many conditions. It is a perennial and will self seed. It can also cross pollinate with dill,...

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  • Epazote Mexican Tea

    Spice Profile: Epazote

    Scientific Name Chenopodium Ambrosioides What is Epazote? A weed native to Mexico, Epazote leaves add a bitter and bright flavor to Mayan cuisines from Mexico and Guatemala. Used fresh in Mexico, Epazote can be found and used as a dried leaf in the US and Canada. What is the History of Epazote? Epazote has been used for many centuries in Mexican cuisines. It was also used in medicinal purposes to treat worms and parasites as well as digestion issues. How is Epazote Grown? Epazote grows easily and is even considered a weed in some places. It has a stronger flavor...

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  • Fresh Dill

    Spice Profile: Dill

    Scientific Name Anethum Graveolens What is Dill? Grown for its feathery fronds and pungent seeds, dill has a bright but warm flavor and aroma that is unmistakable. Dill is used in a wide variety of cuisines as diverse as Scandinavian and Middle Eastern. It is essential to the classic dill pickle and Russian borscht. What is the History of Dill? Dill is native to southern Russia, western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. It has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes as well as culinary purposes. The first recorded use of dill was in Egypt 5,000 years ago. It was...

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  • Coriander Leaves

    Spice Profile: Coriander

    What is Coriander? It surprises many Americans to learn that the somewhat obscure spice called coriander is simply the seed of the popular cilantro plant. More mild and less controversial than cilantro, coriander is popular in Middle Eastern and North African Cooking. What is the History of Coriander? Native to Southern Europe, Coriander has been used since ancient times. It was mentioned in Ancient Egypt, used for medicinal purposes in Ancient China and is even discussed in the bible. How is Coriander Grown? Easy to grow, coriander is cultivated throughout Europe, India and the Americas. Seeds produce a small green...

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