A-Z of Herbs & Spices

Today’s spice is Quassia

Quassia amara, also known as amargo, bitter-ash, bitter-wood, is a species in the genus Quassia, with some botanists treating it as the sole species in the genus. The genus was named after the first botanist to describe it – Graham Quassi.

Quassia (genus) amara (species) is an attractive small evergreen shrub or tree from the tropics.

The name […]

By |May 15th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices, P is for Parsley & Poppy Seed

Today’s herb is Parsley

Parsley is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean. The two most common types are French curly-leaf and Italian flat-leaf.

Over the years, parsley has been used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, allergies, and inflammatory diseases.

Parsley provides great nutritional value and offers many potential health benefits:

rich in vitamin K […]

By |May 4th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices O is for Oregano & Oolong Tea

Today’s Herb is Oregano
Botanically known as Origanum vulgare, oregano is a flowering plant from the same family as mint. It is often used as an herb to flavour food.

Although it is native to Europe, it now grows all over the world.

Oregano has been popular ever since the Greeks and Romans used it for medicinal purposes in […]

By |April 27th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

3 bananas 
100-125g cup peanut butter
200g dark chocolate melted 
2tsp coconut oil



Peel and slice bananas into a.5cm thick slices 
Line a tray with baking paper 
Put 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter on a banana slice and add another banana slice on top
Keep making these banana sandwiches until all bananas are used up 
Put these in the freezer for about […]

By |April 22nd, 2020|Article, Recipes|

A-Z of Herbs and Spices N is for Nettle

Today’s herb is Nettle

Nettle, or stinging nettle, is a shrub that comes from northern Europe and Asia. Its scientific name is Urtica dioica.

It has been a staple in herbal medicine since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay […]

By |April 21st, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices

Today’s herb is Lavender

Its name derives from the Latin root “lavare,” which literally means “to wash”. The earliest recorded use of lavender dates back to ancient Egypt. There, lavender oil played a role in the mummification process.

During later times, lavender became a bath additive in several regions, including Persia, ancient Greece, and Rome. These cultures […]

By |April 16th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices K is for Kaffir Lime & Kefir

From our resident Food Finder Krissy Billiczky

Today’s herb / plant is Kaffir Lime leaves

Kaffir or Makrut limes (Citrus hystrix) are different from regular limes in that they are very bitter with bumpy skin. In Thailand, the makrut limes are not consumed but are used mainly in producing household cleaning products.

The leaves, however, are very aromatic and can […]

By |April 15th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices – J is for Jasmine &

From our lovely Food Finder Krissy Billiczky
Today’s herb is Jasmine  
Jasmine tea is a type of tea, scented with the aroma of blossoms from the jasmine plant.

It’s typically based on green tea, but sometimes black or white tea is used instead.

Blossoms from common jasmine (Jasminum officinale) or sampaguita (Jasminum sambac) are placed alongside tea leaves […]

By |April 14th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs & Spices H is for two herbs, Horseradish & Hibiscus

Form our resident food finder Krissy Billiczky
Today’s first herb is Horseradish

Horseradish is a white root vegetable known for its pungent taste and odour.

Horseradish is believed to have originated in Eastern Europe. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, alongside mustard, wasabi, cabbage, broccoli, and kale.

It has been used worldwide for thousands of years, typically as a condiment […]

By |April 9th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|

A-Z of Herbs and Spices. G is for Gingko Biloba & Ginger

From our resident food finder Krissy Billiczky
Today’s herb is Gingko Biloba

Also known as the maidenhair tree, ginkgo is one of the oldest species of tree in the world. The trees can grow more than 130 feet tall and can live for over 1,000 years. Some trees in China are said to be over 2500 […]

By |April 8th, 2020|Article, Nutrition|