Sudhir Ahluwalia

Food and Nutrition

Plants are a source of nutrition to all living beings. Survival on this planet would become nearly impossible without this flora. This is a segment on food and nutrition.

Grapes – a staple Biblical food

Grapes are one of the seven staple foods mentioned in Deuteronomy 8.8 ‘A land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey”. Grape was one of the seven fruits that Moses messengers discovered in the land of Israel....

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Indonesian Cassia

Featured Photo: Indonesian cassia - www.cassia.coop Cinnamomum burmannii grows in the wet evergreen forests of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It yields a cheaper variety of cinnamon, popularly called Indonesian cassia. This shrub reaches a height of about...

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Cassia Overview

Cassia differs from cinnamon in strength and quality. The bark and quills are darker, coarser, and woodier, and the bark is reddish brown. Cassia is sweet and spicy like cinnamon but more pungent. Its buds are like cloves but with a slight aroma. Nowadays, true...

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True Cinnamon – Medicinal Uses

Photo: Simon A Eugester The chemical composition of the quills includes cinnamaldehyde, gums, tannin, mannitol, coumarin, calcium oxalate, aldehyde, eugenol, pinene, and minerals. Sri Lankan cinnamon is easily ground into a powder, whereas the tough and woody texture...

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Cinnamon Overview

Featured photo: Bernard Thiry Cinnamon is one of the more famous spices from Biblical and pre-Biblical times. It originates from a number of species, including Cinnamomum zeylanicum syn in the Family Lauraceae. Cinnamomum brumannii, Cinnamomum cassia, and Cinnamomum...

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Medicinal Properties Of Lemon Grass

The medicinal properties of lemongrass have been widely studied. It contains 65–85 percent citral and myrcene, which have antibacterial and analgesic properties. It also has restorative, digestive, antitussive, antiviral, analgesic, antiemetic, anticardiopathic,...

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Lemon Grass – History And Business

Cymbopogon citratus is a frost-sensitive perennial with rhizomes and tapering grass-like leaves that grow up 45–60 centimeters long and 10–20 mm wide. It is native to India, Sri Lanka, and the islands of southeastern Asia. Today, India is the major producer of...

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