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Quick find for articles

As we research herbs and we end up with more and more articles, it's going to be difficult to find that article you want.

Here's the solution - a quick reference guide. It's not an index, exactly. It's not a table of contents either so we just call it a "quick find" - Who cares if it works!

Click on the blue title of the pages (below) to open them.

Allspice- Also known as pimento, all attempts to grow allspice failed until it was discovered that the seeds will only germinate if they are eaten and digested by a bird.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Anise seed and Star Anise- Although these are two different spices, they have similar flavours, so we will cover both on the same page. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Bay Leaves- Bay leaves lose their aroma very quickly when ground, are best used whole and allowed to steep, so add to cooking dishes early for best results. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Cardamom - Queen of spices. There's a whole family of cardamom spices you've probably never heard of, with amazing uses.

Cloves- A complex spice with many uses but with a very strong aroma so use sparingly. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Coriander- The leaves and the seeds have a distinctively different flavour.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Cumin- The distinctive taste if Indian cuisine comes from cumin. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Drying HerbsSeed herbs can be dried and stored whole. Leaf herbs should be dried thoroughly and stored in an airtight container.

FenugreekThe hard seeds yield a distinctive curry-like aroma when ground. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Garlic - Used for over 2000 years, science is still finding how the various mild antibiotics in garlic work together to create one of the strongest antiseptics in the herbalists arsenal. Easy to grow every part of the plant is used except for the papery skin.

Ginger- Preserved as a paste, pickled, dried, crystalised, or even as a balsamic vinegar. Also ideal as a ginger ale. Discover the history of this ancient aphrodisiac.

Herbalists and the Lost Lore- Some interesting background to the practice of herbalism and the beginnings of the pharmaceutical industry.

Herbs in history- looking back to the Middle Ages and some stuff you probably didn't know about herbs.

Limes- The surprise herb that we Westerners misuse as a confectionery flavouring is a prime ingredient in many asian dishes for it's flavour layering properties. How about a memorable desert for the connoisseur dinner guests for under a dollar per serve?

Marjoram- An easily grown groundcover type of herb that is a handy addition to your herb garden. This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Mace- Also from the same tree as the nutmeg, this herb is the dried coating of the nutmeg but tastes nothing like it.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Nutmeg- The nutmeg tree gives us two spices - nutmeg and mace.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Oregano- An easily grown rockery ground cover that is a valuable herb in stews, soups and casseroles.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Parsley- This herbs properties are often overlooked. Parsley is much more than a garnish herb.This page is currently under construction and will be coming soon.

Precious Salt- Salt was once the currency of Europe. While gold was valuable, in the cities, salt was universally valuable in an age where there was no refrigeration.

Rosemary - Don't underestimate the properties of this commonplace herb - try the tonic recipe here and see for yourself. This is the perfect garden addition that will turn a barbecue into a gourmet banquet that they will talk about for years to come.

Sage- A must for any herb garden, sage is easy to grow. You'd be amazed at the uses for sage. For a breakfast to remember, try the Plowman's buns.

Stevia - A surprising herb in any herb garden but you'll put this herb to a radically different use, than any other herb in the garden. Let the kids touch the leaves, then lick their fingers and watch their faces light up with delight.

Thyme - A pretty rockery plant that gives a country taste to cooking and an essential herb for stews and poultry.No herb garden is complete without a thyme bush. No room - no problem thyme grows well in a pot on the windowsill.

Vanilla - the Inca's "black flower" that impressed the conquistadors, created a taste sensation that spread rapidly through Europe. See how a 12 year old slave solved the riddle why vanilla flowers never developed into beans.


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In the Kitchen . . .

Over time more pages will be added here. Our aim is to become the first stop website for herbs and spices, giving our readers more than just recipes. Each herb and spice has an interesting history and is often used differently in other cultures.

We also cover things like preparation and general kitchen techniques. Have a look at our new section - "Using herbs and spices" for a foolproof process to make perfect asian dishes and fat free stews that don't taste like diet food. We even show you how to grow and dry your own herbs to keep the flavours in.

 

Thai cuisine

Thai cuisine - the art of using spices.

 

Today many of our foods are extensively processed with additives to enhance their shelf life, flavour, colour and reduce cooking time in today's bustling lifestyle, often at the cost of nutrition. Many of the basic culinary skills have vanished.

How many Mums today know how to cook beetroot and pickle it, make jam, jello or icecream with real fruit?

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We want our readers to not only prepare healthy food but to fully understand why it is healthy. Billions of dollars are invested by manufacturers every year to advertise their products, often overstating the health benefits and hiding the additives, toxins, carcinogens, excess salts, fats and sugars. We want our readers to be aware of the facts, supported by research, not urban myths, presented with the minimum of bias.

No this isn't just another food site. It is designed and run by the Mimenta Group. If you have visited our other site, Mimenta.com, you will know we don't run second rate sales sites. Our reputation for authority sites, free from hype, packed with easy to read information and high quality graphics is well established - over 12 million unique viewers prove it. Our writers and proof readers include teachers, doctors, lawyers and specialists in a variety of fields.

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Indonesia's Lethal Food
Did you know that at least 1000 people die in Indonesia every year from falling coconuts? Worldwide, they are more lethal than sharks. A coconut can weigh 5kg and a coconut palm can be up to 30 metres tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shopping tips - get more for your dollar

Discover the sales gimmicks and tricks they use to prize that last dollar out of your hand when you go shopping. The trip home and the way you store your food can improve both the life and nutrition of your ingredients so we cover this as well.

Cut price quality ingredients

We show you how to preserve many of the gourmet ingredients you need when they are in season and at their cheapest. We look at sourcing ingredients from places other than the supermarket and even cover growing some ingredients at home.

Good food at home for less

Many young people today are not taught how to cook and suddenly find themselves dependent on takeaways and restaurants. Many of the recipes here are very basic for this group of people. Few food sites cater for this group. We also look at other ways to cook the cheaper cuts, for added variety, without breaking the bank, when you are on a low budget.

Knowledge Base

What started as a small venture has blown out of proportion. We have physicians, dieticians and researchers coming forward with arguments and ideas. We have kept to our promise and launched the web site but many articles that should have been a couple of pages long, have spawned many other articles. This site is a living and growing work and we ask you to keep this in mind as you view our pages: you are viewing a humble beginning that will grow each month. We'd love to see you coming back, staying with us as we grow.

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Practical meals on a tight budget
With the Global Financial Crisis and declining employment, it's no use publishing recipes that require you to buy expensive exotic ingredients. Our meals are based on a tight budget. The few extras you may need will be used repeatedly so they won't go to waste.

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