by AgroWeb on March 27, 2017

Black vs Red Plums

Plums are sweet juicy fruits that have high nutritional value. Plums, which are related to almond and peach, belong to the genus Prunus. In the market, there are hundreds of varieties of plums. Of these, the European and the Japanese plum varieties are more used. First of all, let’s discuss black plums. The black plums are sweet fruits. These black plums are eaten fresh during the summer ...

by AgroWeb on March 17, 2017

Green apple, kiwi, spinach juice benefits

Green Apple, Kiwi, Spinach Juice is a tasty and nutrient rich refreshing juice blend to start your morning with. This green juice isn’t bitter at all thanks to the addition of green apples and kiwi. This season you buy spinach often when you go grocery shopping. It gets used a lot between salads, soups, smoothies and lately…Green Juice, like this Green Apple, Kiwi, Spinach Juice. ...

by AgroWeb on March 18, 2017

Gooseberry - Looking like a melon, tasting like grape

Do you know of a berry that kind of looks like a tiny watermelon and tastes like sour grape? It’s the unique gooseberry. Health Benefits of gooseberry Gooseberries are low in calories (100 grams contain only about 44 calories), but high in phenolic phytochemicals, especially flavones and anthocyanins. These compounds are known to have benefiting effects against cancer, aging, inflammation...

by AgroWeb on March 22, 2017

List of Foods Highest in Phosphorus Content

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong bones and teeth, and for making ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a molecule which provides energy to our cells. A deficiency in phosphorus can lead to lowered appetite, anemia, muscle pain, improper bone formation (rickets), numbness, and a weakened immune system. Phosphorus is found in almost ...

by AgroWeb on March 6, 2017

The Elderflower Power

One of my all time favorite drinks is called Hugo. I discovered it when I visited Austria for the first time, where the drink is extremely popular, especially in the summertime. In fact, according to Wikipedia, it was invented in 2005 in South Tyrol region of Austria. It is comprised of prosecco, soda water, elderflower syrup and some mint. The most essential ingredient of this cocktail is ...

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 15, 2017

Butter vs. Margarine – Which is Better?

Which is best for you? Butter or margarine? The debate is still raging. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of margaric acid, the ancestor of modern margarine. Most of those 200 years have been a struggle between these two ‘foods’. Recently it looked like margarine was a clear loser. Its high level of trans fats got it labeled as “just one molecule away from ...

by AgroWeb on March 14, 2017

Green and Yellow - Amazing Tasteful Tomatoes

Thank goodness it’s almost March. The month we look forward to all year, as it is finally time to start our favorite of all gardening jobs, sowing tomato seeds. But rather than just sticking to familiar red varieties, this year we tell you to try something that most people seem instinctively to avoid without ever giving them a go, delicious green tomatoes. Green tomatoes are rich in ...

by AgroWeb on March 9, 2017

Signs You're Not Getting Enough Potassium and Where to Find it

You don’t hear much about potassium—but you should. It’s important for muscle strength, nerve functioning, and a healthy cardiovascular system. The nutrient’s in lots of delicious foods (melon, avocados, bananas, and white beans). But even if you get the recommended 4,700 mg per day, you still might have a deficiency. Why? The more sodium you consume, the more potassium ...

by AgroWeb on March 8, 2017

Wonderful Health Benefits of Eating Organic Arugula

Arugula is also known as rocket and is one of the cruciferous group of vegetables, which are loaded with amazing health benefits. Arugula is popular and versatile in the kitchen, as it can be used as a herb, a salad green, and even a leaf vegetable. It can be used both raw or cooked. Albanians started to cultivate arugula after the 1990s, while all the other Mediterranean countries had a lot of ...

by AgroWeb on February 21, 2017

How does the kiwi fruit support our immune system

Vitamin C has been known to stimulate both the function and production of white blood cells (Leukocyte) which are part of our immune system. In particular, Neutrophil which destroys disease-causing agents, such as viruses or bacteria. Now known and commonly referred to as the Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia deliciosa), or Kiwi which was renamed in New Zealand after the native national symbol the "Kiwi ...

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 16, 2017

Is It Safe to Eat a Sprouted Potato?

Discovering that your potatoes have sprouted when you're in the middle of making lunch is frustrating on a good day. Should you run to the store for more? Should you eat them anyway? Should you just give up and order a pizza? When It Is Safe to Eat a Sprouted Potato The good news is that potatoes are safe to eat even after they've sprouted, so long as they are still firm to the touch and they ...

by AgroWeb on February 24, 2017

Discover Elderberry for your health

Looking for a natural remedy that has a very long history of medicinal use? There’s evidence that the elderberry may have been cultivated by prehistoric man. Sambucus nigra is the full scientific name of the most common variety used for medicinal purposes. It’s a well-known and very used plant in Albania as well. There are also recipes for elderberry-based medications dating back to ...

by AgroWeb on February 18, 2017

Surprisingly Unique Pickled Ginger

Ginger truly does top the list of effective natural home remedies. Being used throughout history by different cultures around the world, ginger harnesses an incredible healing power proven for a host of ailments. The spice is packed with essential nutrients and rejuvenating compounds. AgroWeb.org will show you an unusual recipe of pickled ginger for all Albanian pickle lovers. These homemade ...

by AgroWeb on February 13, 2017

The Amazing Flavor of Black Lemons

Black lime is also known Dried Lime or Black Lemon, is a lime that have lost their water content, usually after having spent a majority of their drying time in the sun. They are used, whole, sliced or ground, as a spice in many international dishes. Black limes are small, and are just as the name suggests: black. Fresh limes are boiled in salt water, or brine, and then set out to dry in the sun. ...

by AgroWeb on February 6, 2017

Cardoon - The Medicinal Wild Artichoke

Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus, is perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family usually with violet or purple flowers. It is native to Central and Western Mediterranean region where it has been domesticated in ancient times. Buds, stem, leaf stalks, young leaves and root are the edible portions of this plant. Cardoon is also known as Cardone, Artichoke thistle, Cardo, Cardoni, Cardi or Carduni...

by AgroWeb on January 30, 2017

Echinacea Benefits: A Potent Natural Remedy

Echinacea purpurea is a simple flowering plant and a member of the daisy family. More commonly known as purple coneflower, many people grow this powerful herb without even realizing it! The name derives from the Greek word ekhinos (hedgehog) because the cone resembles a small hedgehog. The flowers, leaves and roots of this plant can all be used differently in natural remedies. In general, the ...

by AgroWeb on February 11, 2017

Benefits of Primula Veris, the Albanian Cowslip

Cowslip (Primula officinalis) is a small herb that grows throughout the temperate zones of Asia and Europe. The plant is not much seen in the northern latitudes and grows in glades and clearings, hayfields and also mountainous regions of Albania. It is not a very tall plant with sweet smelling blooms that are yellow in color and have small orange dots on it. It has a small rhizome from which the ...

by AgroWeb on December 26, 2016

The health properties of orange blossom

 Orange blossom is widely used both in the culinary arts as well as medicinally and is well known for its therapeutic properties. Albania especially the Middle and South region, is reach of citrus and oranges, as they are now in season. To reap the multiple benefits of it, you can make orange blossom water or make a tea or essential oil. This white flower grows on three different fruit trees...

by AgroWeb on March 18, 2017

Daisy - Medicinal Uses and Benefits

Daisy is native to Europe and western Asia, but has now been naturalize in many parts of the globe. Albania’s fields are full of lovely daisy flowers and recently they have been part of Albanian culinary. Daisy prefers moist and nutritious soil. It can be found growing in lawns, parks and pastures, as well as in meadows, roadsides and cemeteries. Daisy is often regarded as invasive as well ...

by AgroWeb on December 16, 2016

Albanian Bitter Orange - Health Benefits

Bitter orange is a plant or a tree that belongs to the Rutaceae Family. It is a flowering evergreen tree which bears fruit and is native to tropical Asia, but is widely cultivated now in the Mediterranean region and in several areas of Albania, especially in Elbasan and South region. The dried outer peel of the fruit, with the white pulp layer removed, is used medicinally. The leaves and flowers...

by AgroWeb on March 25, 2017

Artemisia - The plant of moon’s goddess

Artemisia is a hardy perennial herb originally native to Asia but now grows in several countries naturally. It has long been recognized by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tea made from the dried leaves recommended as a treatment for fevers. As the name Wormwood implies, the plant has had a tradition of use as an antihelminthic - i.e. for the treatment of parasites. Artemisia has a bitter taste and ...

by AgroWeb on January 17, 2017

Pomegranate and Dates for Life

Glorious, red pomegranates and their Middle Eastern sister, luscious toffee-like dates, are delicious, increasingly trendy, and healthy to boot. As it turns out, when consumed together they are a winning combination in the war against heart disease. Just half a glass of pomegranate juice a day with a handful of dates can do the trick! A team of researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of ...

by AgroWeb on December 9, 2016

Horseradish - The golden natural antibiotic

Horseradish is a highly popular spice that has been in the culinary and medicinal repertoire of some parts of the Eastern and a greater part of the Western world since ancient times. A moderately-sized perennial plant, member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage. It is generally known for its pungent root, which has long been employed as both a ...

by AgroWeb on November 27, 2016

How To Make Natural Tomato Paste

Homemade tomato paste is an entirely different — and utterly more delicious — beast than the kind you can buy at the supermarket. It takes about a day to make and in the end, you'll have enough tomato paste to last you through several cooking projects. Homemade is worth the effort, every time. Homemade vs. Store-Bought Tomato Paste Most of us know tomato paste as a pantry staple, ...

by AgroWeb on February 19, 2017

Albanian Spruce - Better for tea than for Christmas tree

You can make spruce tea year-round, and the needles you use will influence the taste of the tea: young, light green spruce tips will yield a light, slightly lemony flavor, while mature needles harvested during the winter will create a stronger, slightly more bitter tea. If you’re harvesting the needles in wintertime, try to choose the ones that are the lightest green, as those will be the ...

by AgroWeb on December 7, 2016

The great uses of Rosehip tonic and oil

There are many ways how to enjoy the benefits of rosehip, however i want to tell you more about a simple method that generates extraordinary benefits deriving from the wonderful fruit of the rose plant. In December, although the season is now over, you can find delicious ripe fruits in the road to Dajti or rural areas. These little berries are red and sweet enough to enjoy at their raw nature. If...

by AgroWeb on December 11, 2016

Essential Oils: Aromatherapy and Beyond

Oil skin treatments are gaining momentum right now. Every respectable brand has their own line of oils targeting your skin’s various needs. I have always been a fan of using essential oils in my skincare routine and have tried quite a few different brands, however I see little difference between the brand ones and the ones you make yourself (combining various oils together), apart from a ...

by AgroWeb on June 25, 2016

Albanian Blackberries - Hailing Summer Arrival

Nothing says “Summer!” like a fresh fruit salad and if blackberries aren’t in the mix, you’re definitely missing out! Sweet and succulent, this fruit belongs to the same family and closely resembles dewberries and raspberries.  Blackberries, grow on thorny bushes called brambles, are native to Europe, while Albanians cannot imagine the hot season without having tasted...