by AgroWeb on November 16, 2016

What Exactly is Clean Eating?

From health magazines to social media, the clean eating trend is really making a statement.  But what exactly is ”clean eating?” Is it healthier? And is everything else dirty eating? The term “clean eating” is relatively vague; in reality the diet is deceptively simple: Be more mindful of what you consume and focus on whole foods (sometimes called “real” ...

by AgroWeb on February 1, 2017

Ginger - The Endless Benefits and Special Powers

The plant is categorized in the botanical group Zingiberaceae, which is the same family as spices like turmeric and cardamom. According to Everyday Health, ginger can help alleviate symptoms like morning, motion or postoperative sickness, and promote good health by stimulating circulation, reducing spasms in the intestinal tract and reducing pain and inflammation caused by a number of illnesses. ...

by AgroWeb on January 25, 2017

Cranberries – Nature’s Organic Red Treat

Cranberries are famous for their pleasing, pucker-inducing tartness and ability to enhance a wide range of dishes, cranberries are popular in everything. They're great as a trail mix addition or alone as a snack. Commercially grown cranberries are somewhat larger than the wild varieties grown in the northern regions of the Albania. Old Albanians enjoyed preparing cranberries in ways similar to ...

by AgroWeb on October 26, 2016

New Bill on Organic Food to Pass Tomorrow in Parliament

The Albanian Parliament is expected tomorrow to approve a bill on organic products in line with European Union standards. The bill on “Organic produce, label and control” has been submitted to parliament and discussed by parliamentary committees and groups of interests. The draft obtained by AgroWeb sheds light on the novelties of the initiative and what it means to the farmer and ...

by AgroWeb on October 21, 2016

Tropoja’s treasure - The largest in the Southeast Europe

The chestnuts massif of Tropoja is known to be the largest in the Southeast Europe region and is seen as having an enormous tourist potential, due to the fact that it is the first attraction to be visited by tourists on their way to Valbona National Park, located few kilometers from the massif. The massif provides a source of income for most local families, as gathering and selling of chestnuts ...

by AgroWeb on October 19, 2016

Wild Pear – The Fruit Protected by Nature

If you like to forage for wild food than the wild pear tree is great. And if you are a pear lover than it becomes a real bonus to know where these treasured trees are so pure that you can check them out each fall. The trees, and especially the fruit in most cases, are not beautiful sights. They are definitely not like the pears you find at your local fruit stand or the grocery store. However, the...

by AgroWeb on February 21, 2017

Pomegranate Juice - The Real Essence of Life

Drinking pomegranate juice benefits our health and skin in a myriad of ways. It is one of the few fruits whose juice is as beneficial as the fruit itself. This is because the peel contains the maximum amount of antioxidants, which are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed while juicing. It is currently ranked alongside blue berries and green tea for its nutritional benefits. A single ...

by AgroWeb on October 7, 2016

How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Like apple juice, the best apple cider vinegars are organic, unfiltered and raw, unpasteurized. Fortunately, it’s easy and very inexpensive to make. It just takes some time, naturally, to ferment. This varies depending on which of the two methods below that you choose to use. This AgroWeb’s article will show you how to make apple cider vinegar using two different methods. The first ...

by AgroWeb on January 4, 2017

The Magical Power of Albanian Red Oregano

As part of our fall series on the healing powers of herbs, AgroWeb’s this week’s focus is on red oregano! Oregano means “mountain joy” and is a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful herb popularly used in Spanish and Mediterranean cooking. Oregano adds depth and savor to any dish, but goes particularly well with tomatoes, eggplant, and any meat. Sprinkle some in your scrambled ...

by AgroWeb on September 9, 2016

Albania to adopt a new bill on organic food in line with EU standards

Consumers have some burning questions when it comes to food. Is it organic? Is there a misuse of pesticides? Is it a genetically modified food? And the phrase “we no longer know what we are eating” sometimes seems a foregone conclusion. As such, all those skeptic citizens that no longer trust the feverish vows of merchants who claim to only sell organic food must be informed that the ...

by AgroWeb on February 15, 2017

Malus, Crabapple, Wild Apple Nutrients and Benefits

Have you ever seen beautifully colorful little trees by some of the parking lots with little flowers that are pink, white, or red? Well, those flowers usually bloom in early spring season. Then after those flowers are gone you can find very little and cute apples. This tree is called Malus, but people call it different names like Wild Apples, Crab Apples, Crabs, or Crabapples. Sometimes these ...

by AgroWeb on November 14, 2016

8 Ways to figure out if Honey is Real or Fake

Honey costs a pretty penny, especially the type that’s sold in jars labeled organic, raw, all-natural, and unfiltered. The sweet nectar has often been compared to liquid gold and many manufacturers charge premium prices for it. However, the expensive costs do not reflect the actual quality or type of honey that people think they may be getting. A majority of the honey being sold nationwide ...

by AgroWeb on October 14, 2016

Celery Seed Health Benefits and Remedies

Celery seeds are found in the flowers of the well-known celery plant. These small, tan to dark brown seeds have a strong but pleasant smell, and they are occasionally used in cooking recipes as a spice or for flavouring. Celery seeds contain many healthy compounds such as flavonoids, antioxidants, polyacetylenes, coumarins, phthalides (d-limonene, selinene, and other related phthalides), linoleic ...

by AgroWeb on January 5, 2017

Juniper, a natural cleanser of kidneys and lungs

When I was a child I used to stay at my Grandpa’s in the village of Kus near Qafë Krrabë. Some family friends used to bring him some bags full of tiny red berries. I learned they were called juniper. In the months of September to October, my family used juniper juice as a treat. It is magic- they said. The juice was like beer but bubbly. In Central Albania they call it Hardi&...

by AgroWeb on October 19, 2016

Difference Between Organic Medicines and Herbal Medicines

There is good deal of confusion that the term “herbal medicine” actually means “organic medicine”. Recently in Albania doctors keep recommending herbal medicine. But what does it mean? According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, about 4 billion people around the world use herbal medicines for their primary healthcare needs. Does this mean that all 4 billion ...

by AgroWeb on August 16, 2016

The best home remedies for sunburn

Whenever summer comes, we are told to get protection and be careful from sunburn. Of course we understand the importance of sunscreen, but no matter how diligent we are with reapplying, in the end we get up with too much sun. So you’re on the way home from the beach and one look in the rearview mirror tells you that you’re in trouble. The sunburn is painful and unpleasant. As soon as ...

by AgroWeb on December 12, 2016

Made in Albania organic food scams

Organic farming is widely accepted and considered to be the future of agriculture. Nevertheless, organic farming is still at modest levels in Albania. In the last ten years, experts have worked intensively to experiment with organic products often known as bio food. Enver Isufi, Director of the Biological Agriculture Institute classifies agriculture systems applied in Albania based on their ...

by AgroWeb on November 8, 2016

The Magic World of Watercress

Watercress earned its reputation as a healing herb quite early. Around 400 BC, Hippocrates located the first hospital on the island of Kos close to a stream to ensure that fresh watercress would be available for treating patients. In the 1700s, Nicholas Culpeper (author of Culpeper's Herbal) believed watercress could cleanse the blood. Modern science has identified more than 15 essential vitamins ...

by AgroWeb on June 20, 2016

The Amazing Effects of Bumblebee Pollination

The humble bumblebees have every right to brag. Those perfectly formed tomatoes or strawberries that flirt with you at the supermarket so you can take them home, owe their shape to bumblebees. Without them buzzing around, these fruits wouldn’t be as shapely and organic as they are. Bumblebees are so important that growers are adding box bumblebees to their greenhouses. Like Ruzhdi Koni, one...

by AgroWeb on October 20, 2016

The Red Flaming Color of Pomegranate

Pomegranates are considered as the ‘fruits of paradise’ in ancient cultures. It’s not only their unique combination of crunchiness and juiciness but also their nutritional value that makes them so irresistible. Traditionally, pomegranates are known as a symbol of health. Pomegranates also have antioxidant, antiviral and antitumor properties. They are said to be good sources of ...

by AgroWeb on November 8, 2016

What Really Lies Beneath The Organic Logo

Organic farming is often considered the best way to feed the world’s population without destroying the environment. Put simply, this farming stays in contact with nature and provides consumers with fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems. The basic principle is that nature must do what it does best. Organic farming relies on a number of objectives and ...

by AgroWeb on November 21, 2016

Organic Albania, why it matters

When the Head of FAO Jose Graziano Da Silva paid a visit in Tirana back in December last year he was crystal clear on what is expected out of Albania: “The country needs to act in regards food security by having healthier soils and investing in organic farming”. Da Silva’s words didn’t get lost in the echo, but they seem to be taken by the letter. To understand that, you ...

by AgroWeb on November 27, 2015

The Challenges of Organic Albania

The organic sector seems to be in vogue. Paying $3 for a serving of salad might seem outrageous, but people are willing to pay 10, 20 or even 40 percent more for certain grocery store items, if the food is produced organically. Consumers cite many reasons for buying organic, most of them involving the perception that organic food is more nutritious, better for the environment, or is in some other ...

by AgroWeb on June 26, 2015

Natural vs. Organic - Dilemma for Albanians

It is almost a myth; organic food is what our grandparents called Food. It might be, or maybe not. Naturally grown does not mean organic. The standards applied in agriculture, particularly bio standards, are an entirety of rules and specifications which define the precise conditions for production, processing, transport, certification and control of agricultural products. The product is not ...

by AgroWeb on June 16, 2015

Natural vs. Organic - Dilemma for Albanians

It is almost a myth; organic food is what our grandparents called Food. It might be, or maybe not. Naturally grown does not mean organic. The standards applied in agriculture, particularly bio standards, are an entirety of rules and specifications which define the precise conditions for production, processing, transport, certification and control of agricultural products. The product is not ...