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Cinnamon and Cassia
Posted 12-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Cinnamon and Cassia
Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) which has a rich, strong, spicy aroma and a delicious, sweet flavour. In Malay cooking…
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Asafetida
Posted 12-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Asafetida
Asafetida (Hing) is an essential ingredient in Indian vegetarian cooking. Asafetida is the strong-smelling, even stinking, dried brownish resin extracted…
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Dhania
Posted 11-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Dhania
Dhania (Coriandrum sativum) is one of the world's most commonly used herbs. It is green, leafy and strong-smelling with a fresh, citrus taste that makes…
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Coriander
Posted 11-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Coriander
Coriander seeds are the dried berries of the coriander herb, but have little similarity in taste to fresh coriander. The seeds are almost spherical…
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Celery Seeds
Posted 09-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Celery Seeds
Celery seeds are light brown to khaki in colour with a penetrating, haylike aroma reminiscent, not surprisingly, of freshly cut celery stalks and with…
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Cardamom
Posted 08-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Cardamom
Green cardamom Elettaria cardamomum – is an expensive spice, sometimes called the “seed of paradise”. The fruit is harvested before it is completely ripe…
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Caraway
Posted 08-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Caraway
Caraway (Carum carvi) has tiny, crescent-shaped fruits (commonly called seeds); their colour is warm brown with pale yellow edges. Caraway seeds have a…
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Annatto
Posted 07-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Annatto
The dark red seeds of the annatto tree (Bixa orellana), a tropical evergreen, are used mainly for the deep reddish orange colour they impart. Annatto…
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Anardana
Posted 07-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Anardana
Anardana is the dried seeds of varieties of pomegranate (Punica granatum) too sour to eat as fresh fruit; they have a tangy, fruity flavour. The wild…
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Amchur
Posted 07-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Amchur
Amchur, a pale gray to light yellow powder made from dried unripe mangos (Mangifera indica), is used as a spice in northern India for its subtle, tart…
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