Used in bread, pancakes, baking, muffins and as a healthy substitute for eggs in baking. Unlike ground flax seed, Whole flax seed is shelf stable and has a long shelf life of close to a year.
MEDICINAL: Help protect against heart disease, stabilize blood sugar levels for people with Diabetes and help against inflammation and arthritis.
The uses of garlic are infinite and it is an important ingredient in the cuisine of most nations. A small amount will ‘lift’ dishes of meat, fish and vegetables and be virtually undetectable.
MEDICINAL: Considered to be nature's very own antibiotic. Also been used for lowering cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, and treating respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.
One of the earliest spice known in Western Europe, used since the ninth century, dried ginger is mainly used in cakes and biscuits, especially ginger snaps and gingerbread. Ginger is also used in puddings, jams, preserves and in some drinks like ginger beer, ginger wine and tea.
MEDICINAL: Most commonly known for its
effectiveness as a digestive aid.
Dried wolfberries are traditionally cooked before consumption. Dried wolfberries are often added to rice congee and almond jelly, as well as used in Chinese tonic soups, in combination
with chicken or pork, vegetables, and other herbs such as wild yam. The berries are also boiled as an herbal tea, often along with chrysanthemum flowers and/or red jujubes, or particularly with pu-erh tea.
This intriguing spice, often described as a vibrant blend of ginger, cardamom, and pepper, seems to be just as valuable in the medicine cabinet as it is in the spice rack. An outstanding substitute for cardamom and black pepper, be sure to include a bowl of olive oil seasoned with grains of Paradise and perhaps a little garlic and fresh thyme. Include GOP in curried dishes of Northern African and Middle Eastern influence and add it to zesty paella & cassoulets.
ORIGIN: West Africa
The main use is in horseradish sauce. This is made most simply by mixing the grated root with sugar and vinegar to the desired consistency. As a sauce, horseradish also complements tongue, sausages, cold egg dishes, cheese, chicken and hot ham.
MEDICINAL: stimulant, diuretic, diaphoretic, rubefacient and antiseptic.
As well as flavoring a dish, juniper cuts the gaminess of game, reduces the fatty effect of duck and pork and perks up a bread stuffing. Gin gets its unique flavor from it and fruit dishes, such as apple tart and pickled peaches, also harmonize with this flavor.
MEDICINAL: Supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function, and promote to healthy blood pressure.
Kalonji is used in India and the Middle East as a spice and condiment and occasionally in Europe as both a pepper substitute and a spice. It is widely used in Indian cuisines, particularly in mildly braised lamb dishes such as korma. It is also added to vegetable and dhal dishes as well as in chutneys. The seeds are sprinkled on to naan bread before baking.
Widely used in savoury dishes and meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable curries. It harmonizes well with coconut milk, especially with chicken or seafood, and there are countless Thai and Sri Lankan recipes exploiting this combination. The stems are also used in teas or used in pickles and in flavoring marinades.
MEDICINAL: It promotes good digestion and induces perspiration to cool the body and reduce fevers.
Mace is the aril (lacy covering) of the nutmeg seed shell. A small amount will add fragrance without imposing too much flavor. It works especially well with milk dishes like custards and cream sauces. Included in soufflés and cheese sauces.
MEDICINAL: Can reduce flatulence, aid digestion, improve the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
A combination of fragrant rosewater-like sweetness and a nutty and faintly bitter, but not unpleasant aftertaste. Used in breads, biscuits and less sweet cakes and pastries. It is well worth experimenting with this unfamiliar but intriguing flavoring. A traditional Greek Easter bread is flavored with mahlab and decorated with colored eggs.