20
nov
2015

sorrel

Common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae. Other names for sorrel include spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock. It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable (pot herb)

Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant's sharp taste is due to oxalic acid, which is mildly toxic.

Sorrel is a perennial herb in the buckwheat family (which also includes rhubarb). High in vitamin C, it was a common ingredient in medieval times, when it was eaten to prevent scurvy (citrus fruits weren’t widely available). The word sorrel is of Germanic origin, from sur, meaning sour. Its characteristic sourness comes from the presence of oxalic acid (which is also found in spinach).

There are two varieties of sorrel, both of which are edible: garden sorrel, which has pointy, arrow-shaped leaves and a bracingly tart flavor, and French sorrel which is milder, with rounded leaves.

20
may
raspberry-mouthwash

Raspberry mouthwash

Ingredients: 100 ml of water, raspberry leaves

Mince and chopped some raspberry leaves (according to the use you make of mouthwash) and pour 100 ml of boiling water over 3 teaspoons of chopped leaves.
Let stand, then strain. Use it for external use against skin diseases and inflammation of the mouth; for mouthwash and gargle several times a day.

13
nov
sage

Sage

Sage is native to the northern Mediterranean coast, where it's used frequently in cooking. Sage's long, narrow leaves have a distinctively fuzzy texture and musty flavor redolent of eucalyptus, cedar, lemon, and mint. Italians love it with veal, while the French add it to stuffings, cured meats, sausages, and pork dishes. Americans, of course, associate it with turkey and dressing.

Sage pairs perfectly with rosemary and thyme in many dishes. Besides its versatility and compatibility with other...

19
may
echte-aloe

Echte Aloe

Die Echte Aloe (Aloe vera) ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung der Aloen (Aloe) in der Unterfamilie der Affodillgewächse (Asphodeloideae). Das Artepitheton vera stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet ‚wahr

Aloe vera wächst stammlos oder mit kurzen Stämmen, ist sprossend und bildet dichte Gruppen. Der Stamm erreicht einen Umfang von bis zu 30 Zentimeter. Die etwa 16 lanzettlich-verjüngten Laubblätter sind dicht rosettig am Stamm angeordnet. Ihre 40 bis 50 Zentimeter lange und 6 bis...

20
jul
black-currants

BLACK CURRANTS

In the kitchen is traditionally used for jams. It is a natural antihistamine.

Some active ingredients present in this plant are able to counteract the action of histamine, a substance responsible for so much annoying allergic reactions.

There are numerous herbal products made from leaves, berries, buds or black currant seed, not only to combat seasonal allergies but also excellent for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

06
dec
amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the species from Amaranthus are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed

Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. See Callaloo

Cooked amaranth leaves are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and...

02
may
spicy-oil

Spicy oil

50 g of chillies, 1 l of extra virgin olive oil

Put chillies to dry under the sun  for about a week (but not let it become too dry,with no more red color). Once dried, cut into small pieces and dip them in 1 L of extra virgin oil inside a bottle or a glass jug with airtight seal. Oil and chilli should soak inside the vessel chosen for 1 month and a half. For those who prefer a more aromatic oil, as well as spicy, add in a Rosemary sprig or bay leaf. After maceration, use your oil for pastaand...