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November 30, 2011 smitsa 0

Plant Description Tansy is an erect, rhizomatous, weedy perennial plant that grows about 7 feet (2 m) tall.  The plant is found growing in vacant […]

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Suo Yang (Cynomorium songaricum)

November 14, 2011 smitsa 0

Cynomorium songaricum Rupt. Known in China as Suo Yang (Family: Cynomoriaceae) is an achlorophyllous parasitic herb found in the northwest of China. Parasitic plants and […]

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 […]