Arrowroot is an excellent gluten-free starch that is an effective thickener. Its flavor is neutral, which means that it can be used in a wide variety of dishes without affecting their flavor profile. If you need a versatile thickener, it is a good idea to keep some arrowroot on hand. If you cannot find arrowroot […]
Coriander is a spice that consists of whole or ground coriander seeds. The coriander plant is also known as cilantro. The ground seed is much easier to use, but has a considerably shorter shelf life than whole seeds. How you store your coriander can have a significant impact on how well it resists spoilage. The […]
Arrowroot is a name given to the Maranta arundinacea plant, but the term has been expanded to include cassava and other plants in recent years. There is evidence of arrowroot cultivation going back 7,000 years. According to folklore, the name is said to have originated from Maranta arundinacea’s use as a treatment for the inflammation […]
Tamarind gives food a fruity, tart flavor with a hint of sweetness. It is most commonly sold as a paste or as a syrup. In either case, it is essential for giving Southeastern Asian dishes an authentic depth of flavor. It can be hard to find if you do not live near an Asian grocery. […]
Rosemary is a pungent member of the mint family that is available year-round if you live in a warm climate; however, a rosemary plant may not survive in a colder climate. It is therefore essential that you preserve the herb when you have it available. There a numerous ways to do this.
Saffron is a spice that is known for its ability to provide an attractive color and an appealing flavor to various dishes including Spanish paella and Indian biryani. You can buy it in powder form or you can buy saffron threads. It is important to note the difference between these forms as you will need […]
The tamarind name comes from the Arabic term tamar hindi, which means Indian date. The leguminous tamarind tree is believed to originate in Africa but has been heavily cultivated in India since antiquity. It is likely that it was brought to the subcontinent by Arabian traders. In Africa, it grows wild in Nigeria as well […]
Mango is indigenous to India, Burma, and Malaysia and is documented as one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world. There is evidence of its cultivation going back 4,000 years. As a result of European colonization starting around the 16th century, mango has spread to many different regions. As a result of the colonist’s […]
Parsley may not be as delicate as herbs like cilantro or basil, but it is still considered one of the tender herbs. Its shelf life can be very short if it is not stored properly; however, the right storage methods can help you to keep your parsley usable for weeks or even months.
Dukkah is a blend of nuts and spices used in Egyptian cuisine. The blend is often consumed as a condiment with flatbread, which is first dipped in olive oil and then into the spice blend. You may be able to find prepackaged Egyptian dukkah in a Middle Eastern market or online. If you are unable […]