Loquats in full fruit.

Growing Loquats

August 13, 2018 smitsa 0

Loquats are an edible exotic in many countries. If you are fortunate to have a sunny south-facing wall, a sheltered courtyard or a greenhouse then […]

Peas - the best vegetable ever, especially with fish fingers !

Pea Flavour

July 5, 2018 smitsa 0

Flavour in legumes is highly subjective but it is fair to say that most of the volatile compounds in peas (Pisum sativum) as in any […]

Pills in many forms spread out on a table.

Bitter Masking Techniques

June 29, 2018 smitsa 1

Bitterness is one of those taste sensations which can either make a food seem highly sophisticated or so repulsive in flavour it is uneatable. This […]

A full view shot of legumes - green.

What Are Saponins?

June 27, 2018 smitsa 0

The saponins are compounds found in plants which are defined as either surface-active triterpene glycosides or as steroid glycosides in nature. In some cases thay […]

Beans and pulses in glass jars


June 26, 2018 smitsa 0

Lipoxygenases (linoleate:oxygen oxidoreductase, EC are found throughout animal and plant species. You might see the enzyme referenced as lipoxidase and ‘carotene oxidase’. It is […]

Image of lungs.


June 25, 2018 smitsa 0

A compound that sometimes gets mentioned in the same breath as theobromine and caffeine is theophylline. It is chemically known as 1,3-dimethylxanthine and is a […]

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Electrospun Fibres For Food

June 22, 2018 smitsa 1

Encapsulation for the food and pharmaceutical industries has been with us for many years – new immobilization methods, new carrier materials and different methods for […]