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Lavender as an Anti-depressant?

What is Lavender? This shrubby member of the mint family has been used for centuries for its odour-masking scent and health properties. Usedin the public baths by Greeks and Romans, the word lavender is derived from the Latin word lavare, or to wash. The essential oils and the dried flowers are most often used, but […]

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Linseed vs Flaxseed

What are Linseeds (or is it flaxseeds)? Linseeds (Linum usitatissiumum) are shaped like sesame seeds, but are a little larger and have a harder, shinier shell. They are a dark brown or sometimes a reddish-brown colour, but the golden linseeds are, well…a golden colour. 😉 Nomenclature Have you noticed that North Americans tend to call […]

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We’re Mentha for Peppermint!

What is Peppermint? Peppermint is actually a cross between spearmint and water mint and is one of the 25 species of mints. Spearmint and peppermint are the most commonly used. You would be surprised to know what other foods belong to the mint family, can you guess? They include basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, spearmint, thyme, […]

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Cinnamon: a Cure for the Common Cold?

What is Cinnamon? Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of a tree and is one of the oldest known spices in the world.  Historically grown in Asia, Sri Lanka and southern India, it now can be found in Egypt, Brazil, the Carribean and Madagascar. Peeled away from the trunks of evergreen trees, this dark brown […]

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Why Rye?

What is Rye? Used in bread so prolifically, the rye grain is second only to wheat. It resembles the wheat grain, but is longer, more slender and may be more of a light brown or a greyish-green. It’s the tastiest grain and is usually eaten in a more whole form than it’s cousin wheat as […]

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Olives and Happy Hearts

Olive Oyl or Olive Oil? We’re not talking about Popeye’s sweetheart Olive Oyl, but the delicious fruit of the olive tree. Yep, technically olives are considered a fruit, although we often refer to them as a vegetable. Green and black olives are actually the same fruit, but are picked at different points in their development. […]

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The Pistachio: Heart-Healthy Nuts

What are Pistachios? Similar to mangoes, the pistachio is a member of the cashew family. Although now grown in California, it originates from the Middle East and is native to Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the Caucausus Mountains (southern Afghanistan and Russia). It’s the seed of a very hardy tree that grows in dry, stoney, nutrient-poor […]

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Garlic: The Magic Pill?

What is Garlic? A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. –Yiddish proverb The Stinking Rose or Russian penicillin, as garlic is also called, is a member of the lily family. The bulb, which grows underground, is the most used part of the plant, but the leaves, called […]