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The Javanese Long Pepper

May 19, 2023 smitsa 0

The Javanese Long pepper, my dear curious minds, is a fascinating botanical wonder that hails from the enchanting island of Java in Indonesia. Known scientifically […]

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The Benefits of Coix Seed

May 12, 2023 smitsa 0

Coix seed, (Coix lachryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf.) also known as Job’s tears or Chinese pearl barley, is a nutritious grain that has been valued for its […]

Healthy Organic Roasted Marcona Almonds with Salt

What are Marcona Almonds?

May 4, 2023 smitsa 0

Marcona almonds are a type of almond that is highly prized for its unique taste, texture, and nutritional profile. They are known for their large […]

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What is Gluten?

April 27, 2023 smitsa 0

Gluten is a protein composite that is found in certain grains, including wheat, barley, and rye. It is formed when two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, […]

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Cashew Anyone?

April 20, 2023 smitsa 1

Cashew nuts though are famed for their slightly sweet, distinctive taste and I remember having a pot of these nuts roasted and thought they had […]

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What are Emulsifiers?

April 5, 2023 smitsa 0

An emulsifier is an ingredient that helps to mix two immiscible substances, such as oil and water, by reducing the surface tension between them. Emulsifiers […]

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The Power of Alginates

February 20, 2023 smitsa 0

An extended essay on the structure of alginates and how it impacts on their application in a range of commercial industries.

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Basmati Rice

August 22, 2022 smitsa 0

Basmati rice is an absolute requirement for any Indian curry. In fact we recommend only purchasing this from a solid reputable Indian source. In  most […]

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Nut Milks

July 26, 2022 smitsa 1

We are probably quite familiar with probiotic micro-organisms and milk products which contain them like yoghurts. Have you ever thought that vegetable and nut milks […]

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What are Stearins?

June 20, 2022 smitsa 0

Stearins, also known as stearic acid triglycerides, are solid fractions derived from fats and oils, particularly from animal fats and certain vegetable oils like palm […]