Spices Thai Food Galangal, Nutmeg Tree And Krachai

Galangal is one of the members of the ginger family. It is the rhizome of a plant Alpinia galangal(L.)Willd. The plant is about 1-2 metres high and has long arrow leaves and small white, red-streaked flowers. The rhizomes arc knobbly and ginger-like which are deep orange-brown in colour, aromatic, pungent and bitter. Dried rhzome pieces are tougher and woodier than dried ginger. It is used in soups and stews, but remove before serving as they are unpleasant and woody to chew on. Its piquant taste is akin to cardamon and ginger. Galangals are used fresh in curries and stews. It is an essential component of Thai curry pastes and other Thai cooking. The rhizomes and its essential oil are used …

Some Of The Earth’s Most Potent Anti-Aging Foods

Research studies have been focusing a great deal in recent years on determining which kinds of foods have the most extensive anti-aging attributes. One factor which has assisted this process has been the invention of the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbing Capacity) score for food items. This sophisticated-sounding name just means to the overall antioxidant levels for a particular food and it’s latent potential to absorb the various free radicals which are responsible for so muc cell damage and premature aging. Certain foods that we eat which have been singled out as having a very high antioxidant include such items as black beans, strawberries, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, pomegranates, most leafy green vegetables, pumpkins, zuchini, squash, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and many …

Symptoms Of Asthma Controlled By Herbs?

It’s tempting to think that our modern day medicine is somehow superior to all the ‘primitve’ medicine of our ancestors. But that theory doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. For thousands of years humans used plants and herbs right out of the fields and forests and avoided the horrible side effects of today’s medicine, as well as the creation of “super bacteria” that have grown imperious to our drugs. Here are four asthmatic remedies that have stood the test of time. Ginger Root Reduces Or Eliminates Phlegm The common ginger root can be found in almost every grocery store but its knobby brown appearance is strange to many who are more familiar with the delicious smell of ginger in cookies and …

Herbal Beverages – Taan

Taan (Palmyra Palm, Lontar Plam, Pan Palm, Brab Palm) Scientific Name:Borassus flabellifer Linn. Family :PALMAE Other Names:Tanntanoad, Taanyai (The Central Part) Taang (Chiangmai-Karen-Taak) Toowthoo (Karen-Mae Hongsorn) Taan (Shan-Mae Hongsorn) Noad (The Southern Part ) Tanaaw (Khmer) Botanical features: Trunk A perennial tree is about 30 metres high. The trunk which is long and tapering does not produce any branch. The husk contains hard splinters. Leaves A Taan leaf has a single, fan-like form. Leaves grow abundantly at the crown of the stem; each leaf is like a long sword of about 140 cm. The end of the leaf is divided into 2 jags; two edges of the leaf contain small scales. The midrib of the leaf is a thick, hard …

Herbal Beverages – Farang – Matoom

Farang (Guava) Scientific Name: PIsidium guajava Linn. Family: MYRTACEAE Other Names:Sida (Nakornprathom) Maguoiga Mamuun (The Northern Part) Maguoi (Chiangmai (Majeen (Tak) Yaring (Lawaa – Chiangmai ) Magaa (Mae Hongsom) Yaa moo, Yamu (The Southern Part )Joompo (Surattanee) Chompuu (Pattanee) Yamubutae – panya (Malay – Naratiwas) Pakgia (Taejiew Chinese) Botanical features: Trunk A small- sized perennial tree with its smooth bark scattered with light brown spots. Young branches are in square forms. Leaves The leaves of the guava tree are in single forms, thick and crude. The leave’s underneath part has streaks with soft yellowish hair. Blossoms A cluster with 1-3 white blossoms or a single. Flower. The sepals are quite hard. Fruit The guava fruits are big and round or …

Herbal Beverages – Buabok

Buabok (Ariatic pennywort) Scientific Name:Centella asiatic (L.) Urb. Family:UMBELLIFERAE Other names:Pakwaen (The Southern Part, Chantabrui, The Eastern Part) Pak nork (The Northern Part) Panahaekhadhao (Karen-Mae Hongsorn) Tiakamchao Hukkuk (Chinese) Botanical features: TrunkA short – life cycle plant easily grows on wet soil. Roots grow on the plant’s joints from which leaves straightly develop. Leaves The leaves of Buabok plant are in a single form with long stems and a kindney shape. At the base of each leaf, there is a deep curve. Leaves are jagged around in a triangular form. Blossoms umbrella – like blossoms are growing form 2-3 joints consisting of 3-4 flowers. Each flower has 5 petals of reddish purple arranging in order with stamens. Fruit The fruits …

Herbal Beverages , Sabparod , Toei Hom (Pandanus)

Sabparod (Pineapple) Scientific Name:Ananas comosus Merr. Family:BROMELIACEAE Other names:Sabparod lai (Krungthep ) Lingthong (Petchboon) Kanoonthong, Yanaad Yaannaad (The Centeral Part) Sabparod (Ranong )Makhanaad, Manaad (The Northern Part ) Bornaad (Chiangmai ) Nae (Karen – Mae Hongsorn) Naesaa (Karen – Taak) Maakgaeng (Ngiew – Mae Hongsorn ) Maanya (Khmer) Botanical features: TrunkA kind of plant whose life cycle is not short has a short stalk of about 1-3 feet high. There are no branches but spathes that cover the stalk. LeavesThe leaves of a pineapple tree are growing in a clump, in a spiral form with pointed, tapering ends and without stems. The leaves’ bases cover the stalk with their thorny edges. The leaves’ skin is smooth with dark green and …

Have You Given A Thought To Where Your Cup Of Espresso Is Coming From?

The most amazing fact about the coffee beans is the trees having an expansion over 70 countries, from Brazil to Indonesia, still requiring a narrow range of conditions to produce those quality ‘beans’, while the total output remains small at large. ‘Beans’ as it is said so, is however a deliberate attempt to mark it in a single-quote, for the thing that gets ground and roasted to brew up the delicious drink is a seed and not a bean at all. The coffee tree, which can easily grow up to twenty feet or more than that, bears the fruits that contain the coffee seeds. However some wild varieties of coffee trees can grow to over 15m or 45 feet. Most …

Acai Berries Are The New Superfruit

Berries and chocolate. Generally a great combination, right? What if there was a berry that had a cocoa flavor in it? Well as nature would have it, there is. This extraordinarily nutritious berry is called the acai berry (pronounced a-sigh-ee). While it doesn’t exactly taste like pure chocolate, the bitterness of cacao is incorporated into acai’s intense flavor. The flavor is actually hard to pinpoint as some of its juices have been compared to bitter raspberries while others claim acai produces a salty aftertaste (like say, olives.) Ok, I’m the one that said that. But the flavor is not the only thing that makes acai so unique. From the rainforests of the Amazons, acai berries have been consumed by Brazilians …