Golden Milk or Latte

 If coffee is added, it’s a golden latte. If not, it’s golden milk. 

Spices in the Medicine Chest

Spices have had a number of purposes throughout history. In addition to their use in flavoring food, spices were used in cosmetics, to embalm the dead, and to mask the taste of food past its prime prior to the availability of refrigeration. In the 1700s and 1800s, pirates...

Spice it Up!

The chances are that you have noticed a jar of Sriracha on the condiment bar of your favorite restaurant. Spices are hot, hot, hot these days and while there may always be a place in your heart and a spot on your refrigerator door for Tabasco®, it’s time to see what else is...

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

What is simultaneously spicy, peppery-hot, lemony, slightly sweet, pungent, and aromatic? Chefs use these terms to describe the glorious flavor of ginger. 

Guayusa (Ilex guayusa)

What is Guayusa (Ilex guayusa)? Ilex guayusa trees are found in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to the Andes mountains. Guayusa (pronounced “gwhy-you-suh") is an herb from the caffeinated holly family of trees. It is not related to the traditional tea we know of as Camellia...

Herbs: Creating an Indoor Herb Garden

Herbs are plentiful sources of antioxidants and provide flavor to food without added sodium or fat. However, buying fresh herbs at the grocery store sometimes is quite costly. Creating your own indoor herb garden is good for both your health and your wallet. Here are some...

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Alternate names Compass plant Medicinal parts used Herb leaves, oil from flowering tops, and root Phytochemicals/constituents present

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm is a perennial herb that smells like lemon. Likely Safe: Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in the US Native to: Southern Europe. Also used in Portuguese and Cuban folk medicine. One of the most frequently used herbs in Brazil and Bulgaria as noted from...

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