Tips for Storing Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices can make an ordinary dish extraordinary and are a must in a well stocked kitchen, but how long can they be stored? Spices come from the roots, bark, and seeds while herbs come from the leaves and seeds of plants. The shelf life of herbs and spices is very long, however their […]

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient spice grown in Asian countries. It has long been viewed to have medicinal properties as the native Indian people often apply it to their skin and it is a big part of religious ceremonies. Recently, scientists have found a compound called curcumin in turmeric to possibly have cancer fighting properties. Curcumin […]

Fun Cinnamon Facts and Recipes

Cinnamon is a tree and its bark is used to make the spice The best cinnamon is Ceylon from Sri Lanka, a related spice called Cassia is sold as cinnamon and is referred to as Chinese cinnamon or Indonesian, we well them all. Cinnamaldehyde a compound in the bark gives cinnamon its scent and flavor […]

Fun Facts on Chili’s

Chili’s have been cultivated for thousands of years. Peppers are used as a natural way to induce the body into sweating which naturally cools the body, that is why the closer you get to the equator the hotter the pepper. Today more than 400 varieties are grown in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Mexico and […]

Star Anise

Star Anise (Illicium verum) Certainly the prettiest spice, star anise is native to southern China and Vietnam, where it has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Todays avid cooks use it as a flavoring for fish and seafood and in syrups for poaching figs and pears and to spice tropical fruits. Most commonly […]

Fun Facts on Oregano

  Oregano means Joy of The Mountain in Ancient Greek Ancient Greeks believed that cows that grazed in fields full of oregano had tastier meat When in bloom they have beautiful purple or pink flowers that are also edible The Ancient Greeks also believed that if you anoint yourself with oregano you will dream about […]

Fun Facts on Paprika

  Paprika is so much more than a coloring agent! It is made by grinding the pods of the pepper plant capsicum annium In Hungry there are 6 classes of Paprika We carry 3 varieties of Hungarian Paprika, sweet, hot and smoked. The most common pepper to make Paprika is the sweet red pepper Paprika […]

Chilly Pepper Poem

Chilis The following fun and creative chili pepper poem comes from Just for Licks: Rocotillo in Peru, With roasted meat is good to chew. Chile Peppers, hot cha cha, Careful when you eat them raw. Heat in units called Scoville, So the opposite of chill! Habaneros top the list, Heat so hot you’ll need a […]

Fun Facts on Cumin

The dried seed of the cuminim cymimuni plant makes cumin seed. cumin makes up a large proportion of curry powder and chili powder. In the Middle ages it was believed that cumin kept chickens and lovers from running away! It was also said that if cumin was carried during a wedding happiness would follow. Cumin […]

Fun Facts on Parsley

Parsley is thought to have originated in Sardinia Parsley is one of the most commonly used herbs in American Cuisine, used in soups, stocks, sauces and as a garnish There are two types of parsley curley and flat leaf or Italian It is best to add Parsley near the end of cooking a dish to […]