26
jan
2016

arctium-lappa

Arctium lappa, commonly called greater burdock, gobō, edible burdock, lappa, or beggar's buttons, is a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family, cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. It has become an invasive weed of high-nitrogen soils in North America, Australia, and other region

It prefers a fresh, worked soil, rich in humus, and should be positioned in full sunlight. Burdock is very reactive to nitrogen fertilizer. Propagation is achieved through sowing the seeds midsummer. The harvest occurs three to four months after the seeding until late autumn, when the roots become too fibrous.

Greater burdock root is known as niúbàng (牛蒡) in Chinese, which was borrowed into Japanese as gobō, and is still eaten in both countries. It was used in Europe during the Middle Ages as a vegetable, but now it is rarely used except in Italy, Brazil and Portugal, where it is known as bardana or "garduna". Plants are cultivated for their slender roots, which can grow about 1 meter long and 2 cm across. The root was traditionally used in Britain as a flavouring in the herbal drink dandelion and burdock, which is still commercially produced.

Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear. The taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related.

Dried burdock roots (Bardanae radix) are used in folk medicine as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent. Anecdotal reports from the 19th century suggest that this medicinal plant has also been used by the Ojibwa tribe, and today, in form of an ingredient in Essiac tea for the alternative treatment of some cancers.As an oily macerate, it is a component of some cosmetics, shampoos and hair care products. The seeds of greater burdock are employed in traditional Chinese medicine particularly for skin conditions and in cold/flu formulas, under the name niubangzi

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...

21
jul
blueberry

BLUEBERRY

Blueberries can be eaten fresh or cooked, you can also store frozening. the Blueberry is suitable for all forms of intestinal disorders, liver disorders, bleeding tendency for capillary fragility, circulatory disorders and eyesight problems.

Idroccinnamico acid present in Blueberry is very important for our body, as it is able to neutralize the carcinogenic substance produced in the digestive tract.

The consumption of foods rich in antioxidants, see Blueberry, assumes an important role...

23
sep
thai-basil

Thai basil

Thai basil is a type of basil native to Southeast Asia that has been cultivated to provide distinctive traits. Widely used throughout Southeast Asia, its flavor, described as anise- and licorice-like and slightly spicy, is more stable under high or extended cooking temperatures than that of sweet basil. Thai basil has small, narrow leaves, purple stems, and pink-purple flowers.

Thai basil is a tender perennial but is typically grown as an annual. As a tropical plant, Thai basil is hardy only...

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...

16
jul
il-cedro-del-libano,-lavacchio

Il Cedro del Libano, Lavacchio

CURIOSITY:

The Cedar of Lebanon is a species of cedar. Belongs to the family of coniferous trees. Thousands of years ago, extensive forests of this tree covered mountain slopes around the Middle East. Today in its area of origin in the chain of Mount Lebanon survive only a few hundred specimens. It is the tree represented in the flag of Lebanon.

In the Old Testament it is said that with the Lebanon cedar wood were built the columns of Solomon's temple; always, the precious Cedar of...

28
jan
ma-quale-celiachia...

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