What is GMO? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is most often referred to when it comes to our food. The DNA from other plants, viruses, animals and bacteria are injected into the cells of existing species. This is supposed to make them more resistant to the rain, drought, pests, etc. Up until this… Continue reading GMO
What is Organic? Wikipedia says: Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides but excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured (synthetic) fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as… Continue reading Organic Food
Bananas – Why do they all look alike? Common Bananas are all genetically same because they come from trees that have been cloned for decades. The variety we get at stores are called “Cavendish” variety. United Fruit Corporation in 1950 chose this variety to best serve their profits and train consumers to expect all bananas… Continue reading Bananas – Who do they all look alike?
Capsaicin is a substance that occurs naturally in chili peppers, giving them their spicy flavor. The hotter the chili, the more capsaicin it contains. There is clinical evidence that capsaicin can be used to treat nerve-related disorders like persistent pain, psoriasis, and neuropathy. Capsaicin also releases endorphins in the brain and puts chili eaters in… Continue reading Green Chilli
Thulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Holy Basil, also known as basil leaves, is a fairly common plant in Indian households. Considered holy by many religions, the thulsi plant is revered for its divine properties. Tulasi leaves is an essential part in the worship of God Vishnu (Narayana) and his Avatars including God Krishna, God Rama and other Vaishnava… Continue reading Thulsi
Lemon Basil is a very popular in Southeast asia region, and Persian, Arabic cuisines. It’s called Kemangi in Indonesia. Adding basil to any soup or salad brings a nice fresh green beauty and flavor. As per Wikipedia: “Lemon basil is often used to season certain Indonesian dishes, such as curries, soup, stew and steamed or grilled… Continue reading Lemon Basil
Long prized for its deeply purple, glossy beauty as well as its unique taste and texture, eggplants are now available in markets throughout the year, but they are at their very best from August through October when they are in season. Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers… Continue reading Eggplant