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.

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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Black Cumin – Medicinal Properties

All herbal medicine systems (e.g., Unani, Tib, Ayurveda, Siddha) regard the seeds and oil as useful in treating a range of ailments. In Unani, black cumin seed is mentioned as an important remedy. Hippocrates recommends black cumin, or melanthion in Greek, to treat...

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Cumin – Medicinal Properties

The primary medicinal properties of cumin are in the seeds, which are carminative, antispasmodic, antibacterial, astringent, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic. Cumin is an emmenagogue and galactogogue. It is used to relieve mild digestive...

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Cuminum cyminum, or cumin, is an annual herb of the parsley family. It rarely grows higher than one meter and bears flowers in umbels. It is native to India, the Mediterranean, Europe, Iran, and regions of Asia and Africa. It is an introduced species in Mexico, Latin...

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Ancient Cuisine

According to the McCormick Science Institute papers, the most significant role of herbs was in healing, followed by food. Numerous references to the high cost of imported spices, especially those from outside the Mediterranean region, appear in Greek, Roman, Egyptian,...

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Dates – historical overview

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a high-energy crop and one of the most nutritious fruits in the tropics and subtropics. Date palm is rich in sugars; palmitic and organic acids; linoleic, lauric, myristic, and other fatty acids; vitamins A, B1, B2, and traces of...

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The Spice Trade

The five major civilizations from the 4th to the 1st millenniums BC were the Indus Valley Civilization in India, the Sumerians in modern Iraq, the Egyptians, the Greeks on the isle of Crete, and the Chinese in the land north of the Himalayas. The use of spices in...

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Mustard- In Ancient And Modern Medicine

There are three species of mustard consumed by humans. White mustard (Brassica alba) is the mildest of the three. The other two species are Brassica juncea and Brassica nigra. There is another species Brassica campestris that is cultivated for its oil in India. India...

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