by AgroWeb on March 14, 2017

Superb recipe for longevity

A series of studies found that the more nuts people consumed, the less likely they were to die at any given age, especially of cancer or heart disease. People who regularly ate nuts had a reduced risk of death from all of the causes included in the analyses – about 23% reduce risk, compared to people who didn’t eat nuts. Hazelnuts are a great snack to be eaten for breakfast or as a ...

by AgroWeb on March 13, 2017

Why Are Cucumbers Sometimes Bitter?

We recently harvested the last crop of cucumbers from our garden, and after chopping and adding it to a tossed salad, I discovered that one of them was extremely bitter. Earlier batches had all been delicious, so I wondered what made this one so foul. Turns out environmental conditions can have a big impact on cucumber flavor! If you’ve been unpleasantly surprised by bitter cucumbers, ...

by AgroWeb on March 13, 2017

The Fancy Seeds of Albanian Pine Trees

Pine nuts are the fanciest seeds in international cuisine. They are usually collected in mid-autumn and spring starting from October until May. Albanian pine trees are one of the most authentic types of Mediterranean Pines, therefore their pine nuts are second to none. They’re smaller, cuter and have a sweet, subtle flavor. Pine nuts are used in deserts, salads and famous Pesto. People have...

by AgroWeb on March 11, 2017

Fir Tree Bump Jam

 If you’ve ever been curious to know what a forest tastes like, then this recipe is for you. Spruce trees put out pale green buds covered in delicate brown paper husks. Essentially, they are little bundles of baby spruce needles and at this stage they are still soft and tender. Their flavor is reminiscent of Christmas, with a distinct element of citrus and all the vitality of a forest ...

by AgroWeb on March 11, 2017

Surprising Effects of Walnut Partition Tea

Many AgroWeb.org readers know about the healing properties of walnuts. However, few people know about what is really unique healing properties of partitions walnuts, i.e. their inner part, which we usually after the splitting of nuts thrown together with a shell. If we believe to the old Albanian folk recipes then “partitions” between walnuts are very useful in the fight against heart...

by AgroWeb on March 12, 2017

Health benefits of Garlic Essential Oil

Garlic was best known for medicinal purposes throughout the history. According to AgroWeb.org facts, it also reduces cholesterol and cardiovascular problems. Health benefits of Garlic Essential Oil Garlic is an ingredient as well as a cure for various health problems. It helps to make the dishes tasty and healthy too. The Garlic oil is extracted from the crushed garlics by the process of steam ...

by AgroWeb on March 10, 2017

Unexpected benefits of Begonia

Begonias are well-known flowers in Albania, but mostly for their distinct beauty. But they have an additional benefit. The leaves flowers, and stems are edible. Begonia blossoms have a citrus-sour taste. The petals are used in salads and as a garnish. Stems, also, can be used in place of rhubarb. Begonias can be prepared in several different ways. An infusion made by soaking the flowers in hot ...

by AgroWeb on March 9, 2017

Cornbread - The Real Albanian Integral Bread

Cornbread is one of the most ancient meals in Albanian kitchens. It was often perceived as the meal of our predecessors. Our grandfathers are still crazy about cornbread which represents a really healthy delicious meal that reminds them of difficult times but also happy moments around the kitchen table. Cornbread is made with corn flour. This grain is rich in healthy nutrients. Corn meal provides ...

by AgroWeb on March 8, 2017

Mallow - Real Albanian Nature Heritage

Foraging for edible wild greens seems like a new trend but in rural Albania it has been a strong tradition for ages. Anything edible in the wild has long been discovered in this land of plenty. One of the marvels of the edible wild world has to be malva sylvestris. Common mallow is one of the edible greens that grow in every corner of Albania. It is a lovely green and often not appreciated ...

by AgroWeb on March 8, 2017

Notorious Food Fraud List - Orange Juice

Most astute shoppers might guess that a pile of supposed super-known designer handbags being hawked by a shady sidewalk vendor for 2000 Leks apiece are probably not authentic. But how about a lovely looking jar of delicious honey on the shelves of the supermarket? Even the savviest of shoppers might not suspect that behind the label lurk 200 ml of industrial honey that is just corn syrup. Welcome...

by AgroWeb on March 7, 2017

How to Easily Plant Aloe Vera At Home

Aloe Vera removes toxic matter from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon, aloe can also offer effective relief from more immediate ailments, such as indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut. It also strengthens the digestive tract and alleviates joint inflammation, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers. Aloe Vera gel has also been found to ...

by AgroWeb on March 6, 2017

Homemade Garlic Powder

Making homemade garlic powder is a great way to use up extra garlic hanging around your kitchen. Fresh garlic powder is great way to sprinkle on a kick of savory flavor to any dish. Making your own garlic powder might seem intimidating, especially when you can just buy some at the store. But fear not; making your own garlic powder is really easy, and it will taste so much better than the ...

by AgroWeb on March 6, 2017

Corn Syrup - The unsafe and risky artificial sugar

On nutrition labels, sugar is just sugar. But when it comes to how the body metabolizes that sugar, there are two very different molecules that make up what we think of as table sugar. There’s glucose, the more easily metabolized of the two that provides most of the body’s energy, and fructose, which can only be processed in the liver and is associated with Type 2 diabetes and obesity...

by AgroWeb on March 5, 2017

Making Your Own Herbal Teas

Albania grows many herbs that can be used for a variety of things. From a sustainability standpoint, herbs are one of the easiest plants to produce. Many of the herbs grown in the country are perennials and will produce for many years. We use our herbs fresh and also dry them for future use and as a way to save money. They are used for cooking, and also for use in making herbal teas or just as...

by AgroWeb on March 4, 2017

The story of Albanian tomatoes

Every Albanian that has lived before the 90’s continues to wonder how come tomatoes do not have that wonderful taste as before. It is absurd to think how the Communist system that barely managed to feed an entire population, offered the tastiest tomatoes whereas now while we live in the “have it all” era, the taste of those wonderful tomatoes seems long gone. AgroWeb.org has ...

by AgroWeb on March 3, 2017

The Amazing Beneficial Effects of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very popular spice. Not only is it delicious, its many health benefits are also impressive. Cinnamon is cheap and widely available in most supermarkets. At least, one type is. Most people don’t realize there are actually two main types of this spice. Both of them are healthy, but one contains a toxin that is harmful if you eat too much of it. This article from AgroWeb.org ...

by AgroWeb on March 3, 2017

The medical power of lilac extract oil for human health

Lilacs are frequently considered a harbinger of spring with the time of their bloom signaling whether spring will be early or late. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence. The story of lilac, according to Greek mythology, begins with a beautiful nymph named Syringa (lilac's botanical name). Captivated by her ...

by AgroWeb on March 2, 2017

Chlorella, the Most Powerful Detox Tool

Pesticides coat much of our fresh food supply, chemical by-products from manufacturing are routinely dumped into our air and water, and mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth may be releasing mercury into your body with every bite of food you take! In fact, acceptable levels of many poisons are allowed to come into your home through your drinking and bathing water, including fluoride, chlorine ...

by AgroWeb on March 2, 2017

Licorice - The Natural Herb 50 Times Sweeter than Honey

The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from Old Greek “glukos” which means sweet and “riza” which means root. This “sweet root” contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. So it’s not surprising that when many people think of licorice, they think of the confectionery by the same the name. However, ...

by AgroWeb on March 1, 2017

No Green or Black – Pick Local Sage Tea

Ancient Romans couldn’t have picked a better name for sage than “salus salvus” meaning safe and sound in Latin. As its medicinal properties illustrate just how appropriate this name is. In Albania, sage is a big thing as nature has gifted the country with a huge variety of wild medicinal plants with approximately 500 ha cultivated surface area of wild Aromatic Plants and ...