Sudhir Ahluwalia
Costus in history

Costus in history

Costus comes from the root of plants in the Saussurea genus that grow in the higher elevations of the Himalayas in Asia, Tibet, and China. The name costus means “coming from the East” in Greek. The rhizome is cut, dried, and exported. Costus is rich in resinoids,...
Cumin

Cumin

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...
Dates in medicine and nutrition

Dates in medicine and nutrition

Today, the date belt stretches from the Indus Valley in the east, Somalia and Spain in the west, and Turkmenistan and India in the east. The FAO estimated the cultivation area for dates to be 1.3 million ha in 2009 (FAO Statistics, 2010). The largest area (833,351...
Dates – historical overview

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...