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Sacha Inchi‏ Mega Omega Smoothie, Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi

Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi Oil

Here’s something you are going to want to add to the list of superfoods worth getting to know – one I recently stumbled across it while browsing through the Hagen Grote online catalogue — a superfood, super oil called Sacha Inchi. Sacha Inchi (known as Inca Peanuts or Inca Nuts), is the seed of a […]

Olives: a Staple of Mediterranean Cuisine

There are mainly two types of olives; black and green olives. The rest are the further varieties of the these two types. Raw olives are incredibly bitter, so once harvested they are cured and then usually preserved in salt or brine. They can be harvested at any stage – the young, immature fruit is green […]

Fresh Dill, Dillweed, Spice Box

Dill – Prized Herb of the Greeks

Fresh, green and feathery. Dill has been a symbol of vitality and prosperity since classical antiquity (ancient Greek and Roman times). It has also had its place in folklore. In the Middle Ages, dill had a reputation of containing magical properties and was used as a powerful ingredient in many enchanting spells concocted by witches […]

Celery – The Sex Boosting Veggie

People triumphantly write about so many things that can positively affect fertility. Well, guess what? Celery is among them—and definitely not for its phallic form. Truth be told, celery actually stimulates the mucus glands, which is key to the production of sex hormones. On top of that, there is also evidence that the smell of […]

10 Cucumber Tips and Tricks

Cucumbers are hugely underrated. Not only do they taste great, but with 95% water content they are amazingly hydrating­­—helping flush away toxins from your body. They also a number of other health benefits and other useful purposes. BENEFITS: • High in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, […]

Lentils – A Guide to Cooking

Not only are lentils an amazing source of protein, but cooking them is super-easy! Unlike beans, lentils don’t need any pre-soaking and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Low in fat and high in protein, iron and fiber, lentils make a healthy and tasty staple for vegetarian diets. With just one cup, they provide […]

Goji Berries – Super Fruit of the World

Chinese wolf berries, known in the modern western world as goji berries, are super fruits of the world. Native to southeastern Europe and Asia and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to help improve health, fertility, boost the immune system and slow down the aging process. According to the legend of Chinese herbalist […]

Eggplant: To Salt or Not To Salt?

This has been one of those age old questions that I have really been wanting to know the real answer to. Why do we do it? My first experiences with eggplant (aubergine) involved salt and have done ever since. That’s what I was told needed to be done. But really, is it absolutely necessary? There […]

Gepa Organic raw cane sugar Mascobado

Muscovado – Mascobado – Whole Cane Sugar – Is There a Difference?

For most of us the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word sugar is white granulated sugar. During the first centuries of the sugar industry, cane sugar was made into molasses and rum for shipping overseas. Sugar itself was raw; a light brown in color, and still retained much of its original […]

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Here in Germany, nothing says fall like apple picking. Tangy apples are the essence of autumn. When thinking about this beautiful season, we decided to take a drive out to the Old Land (Altes Land), Germany’s largest continuous region of fruit orchards, south-west of Hamburg. And wow are we ever rolling in apples now! We […]

Amazing Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are incredibly delicious, are amazing cooking ingredients and also have many amazing benefits—some of which you may not even be aware! Though, if you want to fully benefit from all an apples health, don’t peel it. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Organic apples don’t cost an […]

Lettuce Varieties: What’s What Guide to Leafy Greens

So many different shapes, sizes and flavors. If you’re interested in exploring lettuce beyond “watery” iceberg, then here’s the place to start. Get to know your lettuce varieties from mizuna, to mâche, to tatsoi and everything in between! Try a mix of any of these with a classic French dressing. A RUGULA Also known as: […]

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds – The Super Seed

Chia is an edible seed, belonging to the same family as mint, oregano and thyme, and comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica which is grown in Mexico. The use of chia seeds go back to Mayan and Aztec cultures – “Chia” meaning strength, has a history of being used an energy booster within these […]