by AgroWeb on April 4, 2017

All the Facts and Truths About Coriander

Cilantro or coriander? Are those the names of the same species or different? Somehow at least in Russian and in English, both names can be found in the recipes and often cause confusion. Just to clarify: cilantro is basically the green parts of the plant that resembles parsley. Coriander is the name of the seeds of the same plant, which are often used as an aromatic spice in curry and meat dishes...

by AgroWeb on March 28, 2017

Black vs White Pepper and Pepper Tea Benefits

AgroWeb invites to take an in-depth look at the two kinds of what is considered the world’s most traded spice. Despite their high-contrast difference in appearance, black and white peppers come from the same plant, scientifically called Piper nigrum, or in layman’s terms, black pepper. Native to tropical countries like India and Southeast Asia, they are cultivated for their fruit, ...

by AgroWeb on March 28, 2017

Difference Between Herbs and Spices

Both spices and herbs are used to add flavor and taste to food. However, next time you are confused by that oriental cookbook you are trying, take a look at the subtle differences between herbs and spices. The most prominent difference between both of them is that herbs are leaves of herbaceous plants. Spices are, more often than not, derived from the roots, stalks, seeds or fruit of the plant. ...

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 January 10, 2017

How to make homemade Fire Cider

Fire cider is a traditional immune-supporting remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. At its most basic, it’s a zesty infused vinegar, packed with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and circulatory herbs. The addition of hot peppers and a little local honey makes it both spicy and sweet, hence the name. You can use homemade fire cider in a few ways&...

by AgroWeb on January 25, 2017

Different plants, Same Name. The Secrets of Anise

 I always thought that the beautiful star shaped spice is what they make Greek ouzo and French Absinth from, especially since it was called anise, basically in all languages I know. However, I recently discovered that there are in fact two different plants that go by this same name. One of them is a pretty eight-pointed star shaped seedpod that houses shiny amber-colored seeds, with a name ...

by AgroWeb on December 10, 2016

Travelling across colorful Albanian spices and herbs

The history of spices is a fascinating one. Some of you may know that the humankind has travelled thousands of miles in search of a specific spice variety, used spices to cure diseases and even started wars over it. Remember, Christopher Columbus who went in search of India and discovered instead what was later to be named America? Well, he was searching for pepper. Not precious metals or stones, ...

by AgroWeb on April 14, 2017

How to grow the best ginger at home

Ginger takes 10 months to mature and it doesn’t tolerate frost. If you live in a place where it gets chilly in the winter, you’d be better off growing ginger in a pot indoors and bringing it outside in the summertime. Ginger is one of those miraculous plants that grows well in partial to full shade, which makes it ideal for growing in your home, where most people don’t have ...

by AgroWeb on April 8, 2017

Health benefits of vanilla, world’s second most expensive spice

It’s a flavor most all of us grew up eating, whether in ice cream or another type of dessert. Vanilla might seem boring, but it’s truly one of the most classic flavors you can never go wrong with. In fact, vanilla extract is a top ingredient in most all types of dessert recipes for this very reason. But vanilla bean isn’t just delicious and a flavor to enjoy in ice cream and ...

by AgroWeb on July 17, 2016

7 Health Benefits Nutmeg Provides

Nutmeg is a small package with several big benefits. Known as a popular spice around the world, nutmeg is also popular for its many health benefits. In fact, since ancient times, nutmeg has been used as a remedy for various ailments or to improve health in general. Here are some of the health benefits that nutmeg provides. 1. Brain Tonic During ancient times, Roman and Greek civilizations used...

by AgroWeb on June 6, 2016

A Spice Odyssey: All You Need to Know About Spices

The history of spices is a fascinating one. Some of you may know that the humankind has travelled thousands of miles in search of a specific spice variety, used spices to cure diseases and even started wars over it. Spices have been found by the archeologists in Egyptian tombs from the year 3000 BC and were considered by some cultures as precious as gold. Remember, Christopher Columbus who went in...

by AgroWeb on November 13, 2016

New Findings about the Traditionally Valuable Cloves

Cloves are one of the most beloved spices in Albanian cuisine. We use cloves in all of our dishes. We love cloves in deserts and go crazy about it in tea and other meals. However benefits deriving from cloves go beyond its lovely flavor. It is scientifically proven that cloves (dried bud of the flower from the tree) offer many health benefits, some of which include providing aid in digestion, ...

by AgroWeb on September 11, 2016

Preserving and Drying Herbs at Home

Every time we go to the farmers market and get loaded with fruits and veggies, the one product that we usually get carried away with and find that we've snipped or bought more than we can use right away, it’s herbs. But rather than let them go to waste, here are some ways to save herbs for later after the garden has gone quiet for the winter because with these five storage methods, you can ...