Clipart image of natural fruits and vegetables.

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate

October 21, 2011 smitsa 1

Ethyl lauroyl arginate (ELA) is a preservative used in a range of products including non-alcoholic beverages, fish, meat products and salads. It may be worth […]

Golden yellow dandelions in a field.

Dandelion Leaf

September 29, 2011 smitsa 3

Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale , Web.) finds its way into beverages because of its claim to be a natural weight-loss ingredient. Dandelion has been used […]

Elderberry juice in a Kilner jar surrounded by elderberries, green leaves and a daisy.

The Properties Of The Elderberry

September 24, 2011 smitsa 2

Elderflower or rather elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. Family: Caprifoliaceae) provides not only its flowers but rather appealing purple-black berries too for a distinctive cordial drink. It reminds me of […]

fresh raw tiger prawns and fishing equipment on wooden table

Processing Waste Shrimp

September 20, 2011 smitsa 0

The seafood industry generates a large amount of biodegradable waste and none more so than shrimp and prawns. It is not surprising that with such […]

Purple leaves of Perilla frutescens.

Perilla Seed Oil

September 20, 2011 smitsa 1

Perilla seed oil is very rich in the essential fatty acids α-linolenic acid (18:3) and linoleic acid (18:2). It is commercially grown in India  where it is […]

A plate of bambangan fruit pieces as part of a typical Borneo didh in a brown bowl.


September 19, 2011 smitsa 1

The Bambangan (Mangifera pajang K. Family: Anacardiaceae) fruit is grown extensively in Malaysia and other parts of the Far East. In other parts of the world […]

A picture of Andrographis flowers on the plant.

Andrographis Extract (King Of Bitters)

August 31, 2011 smitsa 1

Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Nees (Family: Acanthaceae) or ‘King of Bitters’ produces an extract which has immunostimulant activity and is widely found in Indian (Ayurvedic) and Chinese […]

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Lemon Chicken With Mustard

August 23, 2011 smitsa 0

Serves 4; Preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients 4 British chicken breast fillets (about 600g) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp Dijon mustard 4 thyme sprigs, […]

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Pleurotus eryngii

August 18, 2011 smitsa 0

Pleurotus eryngii, also known as the king oyster mushroom or cardoncello, is gaining considerable popularity amongst consumers worldwide (Rodriguez Estrada and Royse 2007). It is […]