In the Mayan culture, cocoa was “the food of the gods.” They used cocoa as food and as a medicine. In Europe, cocoa was first brought by Cortes in 1528. At first, it was consumed as a bitter drink and much later (17th century) it became popular when mixed with milk and sugar.
Everything about coconut is good. Coconut fruit, the flesh, water, milk and coconut oil, can all be consumed: as food, medicine fuel, fiber, and shelter. With regular use of unrefined coconut oil, you are able to slow down the aging process of your skin and bring back a youthful appearance.
Next to asthma, anise is used to freshen the breath, in liqueurs such as Turkish Raki and Greek Ouzo, soups, and stews, in cookies, bread, in cosmetics and household.
Literary, due to its delicate yet aromatic flavor anise can totally transform the taste of your food.
Rosemary is regarded as the ‘Herb of Remembrance’ and is dedicated to lovers. In ancient Greece, rosemary was known as a medicinally beneficial herb used for different health reasons; one was to improve memory. Often, rosemary was given to students to carry it around their necks during exams.
Artichoke plant and its benefits are mentioned already in the 4th Century. The edible, fleshy portions, including the heart, are rich in nutrients and the extract of artichoke leaves are popular for a long time for its positive effects on the liver, gallbladder and to lower cholesterol levels and for improving digestion.