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.
Hemp has been used for thousands of years for its large production of fiber, as a medicine and oil. In China, herbalists used hemp in a preparation of healing remedies, and in Africa hemp was used for fevers or to treat snake bites.
Spirulina is a natural protein supplement made from nutritionally dense blue-green algae that grow naturally in subtropical lakes. This alkaline-green protein food is almost the best single food source on the planet. The protein found in spirulina is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids.
Turmeric, The “spice of life.” Turmeric contains gum, starch, minerals, cellulose, volatile oil and a yellow colourant. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used to strengthen the overall energy of the body. Recent claims are that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions may be useful in preventing Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
My new “friend” has finally arrived, a prehistoric and one of the oldest culinary tool, mortar and pestle. :) Just the other day, I was looking around Ikea’s kitchen section (image right from Ikea), when I spotted a tool I always wanted to have in my kitchen, a mortar and pestle, a tool for bashing and…
Maca root varies in colour from white to black, but the three commonly recognized groups are black maca, red and yellow