Mustard seeds in full view.

Mustard Seeds

September 14, 2018 smitsa 0

Mustard seeds are essential ingredients in Indian curries especially those from the southern regions of India. They are small round seeds collected from different varieties […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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June 11, 2018 smitsa 0

Harungana might not be an ingredient on everybody’s lips but it might be something you see in your skin creams. It is claimed to ‘redensify […]

Mushrooms sitting on a table.

The Shiitake Mushroom

May 23, 2018 smitsa 0

The shiitake [Lentinula edodes] mushroom is one of the most popular edible mushrooms in China and other parts of East Asia. It is increasingly important […]

Fragrant tonka beans, for baking and desserts

Tonka Beans

April 20, 2018 smitsa 0

If you watch MasterChef on UK television, I’m sure you will have heard tonka beans mentioned a few times. These are an exotic ingredient that […]

Tamarind husks


April 6, 2018 smitsa 0

Tamarind is a tropical fruit native to tropical Africa and the Indian sub-continent. The tamarind trees have now spread to the tropical Americas. Tamarind fruits […]