Light Vs. Dark Brown Sugar: SPICEography Showdown

light vs dark brown sugar

There are many varieties of brown sugar, but light and dark brown sugar are the best known easiest to find. Both are chemically similar and are made using the same processing methods; however, they are two completely different products. If you are faced with a choice between them, you will want to weigh their differences carefully before deciding. The light vs. dark brown sugar SPICEography Showdown below can help.

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Jaggery Sugar: An Ancient Indian Sweetener

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Jaggery sugar is sugar in block form made from the juice of the sugarcane and sometimes from the sap of the date palm tree. It is consumed in Africa, parts of the Americas, and Asia. It is most widely used in India. While some sources claim that jaggery was brought to India by the Portuguese, it is more likely that it originated in the subcontinent. The Indian name for jaggery is gur and the Indian government claims that practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have been using it for 3,000 years. However, the name jaggery actually comes from the Portuguese word jagara.

The Indian origin of jaggery sugar is more likely given the fact that India has been connected to the production of sugar for much of the time that sugar has existed. The sugarcane made its way to India from Polynesia before sugar made from it slowly spread through the rest of the world.

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What Are Good Seasonings For Green Beans?

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Green beans are one of the more popular vegetables in the US. They are easy to find and are attractive on the plate; however, they are not exactly the most flavorful form of produce. The fact that their flavor is relatively subtle means that they are perfect for people who do not like strong flavors, but they can also serve as an excellent blank canvas for certain spices. While which spices you use is mostly a matter of taste, some are generally regarded as a better fit than others. Here is a look at some of the best seasonings for green beans.

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Lemon Balm: A Lemony Sedative Herb

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The use of lemon balm has been documented in 300 BCE, which means that this herb has been in use for well over two millennia. Historians believe lemon balm to have originated in Southern Europe and was introduced to Spain in the 7th century by Moors.

The Greeks referred to it by what is now its genus name—Melissa. Melissa is the Greek word for bee. The Greek physician Dioscorides, who lived in the first century wrote that lemon balm aided with menstruation and gout. Pliny the Elder stated that lemon balm encouraged bees to return to their hives when planted in the vicinity of the hives. It would be cultivated all over Europe by the Middle Ages. The Persian philosopher Avicenna (who lived from the year 980 to 1037) wrote that lemon balm was an effective treatment for depression.

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Turbinado Sugar Vs. Brown Sugar: SPICEography Showdown

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Turbinado sugar is a brown sugar, technically speaking; however, it is not the same product as brown sugar. If you are trying to decide which to use and especially if you plan to replace one with the other, you will want to learn what factors make each of them unique. Our turbinado sugar vs. brown sugar SPICEography Showdown below can help you to make an educated decision.

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