Ginger Organic Guide

Ginger, botanical name Zingiber officinale, belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom and is native to Southeast Asia. It has been used in Asian cooking and medications for thousands of years, and was highly valued by spice traders. Ginger is available fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallised and ground. Ginger aids digestion, stimulates appetite,…

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Coconut Organic Guide

Coconut can be eaten in many forms, fresh, dried, as coconut flour, as coconut milk, cream, or as coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years throughout Asia and the Pacific as both a food and a medicine. Coconut was once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, due to its saturated fat…

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Carrots Organic Guide

Carrots are such a versatile and widely loved vegetable, with extensive health benefits. Carrots are a rich source of antioxidants, particularly beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A). The anti-oxidant compounds in carrots help to protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, to regulate blood sugars, to promote the immune system, and also to benefit vision, especially night vision. Carrots additionally…

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Grains Organic Guide

To prepare grains – Rinse grains before cooking. If desired, toast grains in saucepan before adding water, this will enhance the flavour. Add water and a pinch of unrefined sea salt. Boil vigorously for 5 minutes, turn heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and cook until water is absorbed. Some grains may be…

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Oranges and Mandarins Organic Guide

The delicious flavour, vibrant colour and beautiful perfume of oranges and mandarins mean that they are enjoyed virtually universally. Oranges and mandarins are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of thiamin, folic acid, vitamin A and fibre. They are also a source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, contain no sodium,…

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Jerusalem Artichoke Organic Guide

Jerusalem artichokes are neither from Jerusalem nor artichokes, but are sunflower-related tubers, with a delicate nutty flavour that is slightly sweet. They are high in iron, potassium and thiamine, and also feed the healthy bacteria (lactobacilli) in the intestinal tract. Jerusalem artichokes are good for diabetic conditions because they stimulate insulin production and contain inulin…

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