June 21, 2020

Globalization has made  people around the world aware of one another’s  cultures and cuisines.  America is also a melting pot of various ethnicities. Diverse customers in USA are now seeking diverse types of fruit from various countries. There is now an increased demand for tropical fruits, including avocados, mangos, kiwi, papaya, bananas, and pineapple, to name a few.

Over 50 varieties of tropical fruit are available in the US today, with 50% of the imports coming from Mexico. Bananas, Pineapples, mangoes, and avocados are at the top of the import list when it comes to tropical fruits.Though other tropical fruits are imported in smaller quantities, the markets are growing quickly. The lesser imported tropical fruits include lychee, passion fruit, guava, rambutan, and jackfruit, to name...

November 23, 2019

Vegetable, Canola, and Corn oil are the most popular, inexpensive oils that are used in most household cooking. However, the gourmet cooks and health enthusiasts prefer other choices for taste and/or their healthful benefits.

Olive Oil

Cooking experts and home cooks will agree that olive oil is one of the most versatile oils for cooking. Olive oil, as long as it is not overly processed, contains numerous monounsaturated fats and some essential polyunsaturated fatty acids.

 “Virgin” and “extra virgin” are considered to be the better varieties of olive oil due to their unrefined and high quality nature. Prone to have a relatively low smoking point, olive oil is best used for medium to low-heat cooking.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a great cooking oil option. Much like extra virgin olive oil, it is best use...

August 19, 2019

Cheese is made from milk. Different cheeses are made in different parts of the world, most popular being Europe. There is evidence that people have been making cheese from pre-historic times.

While there are hundreds of varieties of cheese, Mozzarella, Emmental and Gouda are three of the most popular cheeses in the world. Each of them belongs to a different region and is made differently.

Mozzarella

Italian in origin, mozzarella cheese historically was made from the milk of water buffalos reared in Italy and Bulgaria. Most mozzarella cheese today is sourced from milk cows. Not aged like most cheeses, it is made by incubating the milk with thermophilic bacteria. Rennet is then added to create curds, which are collected and heated until they form elastic strings. Mozzarella can be consumed with salads,...

April 15, 2019

Oat is a cereal grain. This plant is grown particularly for the seeds that it produces. The seeds of the oat plant are nutritious and most popularly used as breakfast cereal oatmeal. Rich in important vitamins and other essentials like thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus and, fiber oats, are one of the healthy breakfasts recommended by nutritionists.

The best conditions for the growth of oats are temperate climates, which can easily be found in different parts of the United States. Oats are resilient plants when it comes to withstanding soil and climate conditions, making them easy to grow.

Processing oats is a very simple process. Once the oat crop has reached full maturity, they become dry stalks containing the oat seeds. These are harvested by the farmers through their harvester vehicles and then del...

November 26, 2018

Chocolate is a delicacy, that despite being widely available, is a much craved and sought after gourmet food.

There was a time, centuries ago, when chocolate was consumed as a bitter and spicy drink.

It used to be served as a foamy and fizzy liquid mixed with corn puree and spices.

Now there are many different ways of consuming chocolate, not just as a drink, but also as an ingredient in candies, cakes, pastries and other deserts.

The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl”. The Royal Spanish Academy derived this word from “xococ” meaning sour/bitter, and “alt” meaning water/drink. 

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Chocolate comes from cocoa beans which are grown on trees in Central America and South America. The cocoa beans, also called as simply cocoa, grow from the trunk of the cocoa tre...

September 24, 2018

Also known as Maize, corn, a cereal grain has been introduced to the world about 10,000 years ago. The cultivation of the corn started from a wild grass that was known as the teosinte. This was a very different crop from the one seen in the modern times. The kernels were small in size and were not situated so close to each other as we see in the ear of the corn today.

The indigenous people of southern Mexico had first started to domesticate the crop. It eventually spread to north to what is now the southwestern United States and also to south as far as Peru. It gradually became the food staple of the North and South Americans.

At the time of Columbus’s expeditions to Americas, corn was the primary food staple of the natives there. The Spanish settlers began to add corn to their diet. Corn was also t...

July 16, 2018

Wheat is a type of grass that is grown on the cultivated lands. The highly nutritious seeds of this wheatgrass is a cereal grain which is used as a food staple around the world.

The most common wheat, Triticum, originates from several species of wheat joining together. Triticum wheat is divided into aestivum, durum, and compactum. Triticum aestivum, is mostly used in making bread. Triticum durum, is used to make pasta. Tritirum compactum, is a more cushiony type of wheat and it is used to make cookies, crackers, and pastries.

History of Wheat

Wheat is known to be the most ancient and significant crop among all cereal crops. Wheat was one of the first grains to be cultivated. Historical records indicate its presence 10,000-11,000 years ago somewhere in the Middle East, possibly present-day Turkey. Sin...

May 11, 2018

The word “organic” refers to the process of how certain foods are produced.

Organic foods are grown or farmed in compliance with the rules of organic farming, without the involvement of chemicals, artificial hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified organisms. Organic farming requires the farmers to reject any synthetically produced materials for farming, and instead employ natural resources for the growth of food. Organic farming is thought to improve soil quality and preservation of groundwater, along with reducing pollution.

Organic food should also be clear of artificial sweeteners; preservatives, coloring, flavoring, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). There is controversy that surrounds MSG. it is thought to be one of the leading causes of asthma, headaches, and even brain damage. This elemen...

March 29, 2018

One of the most influential of all the spices is sugar, known to be a high-end specialty spice of Asia and the Middle East. It not only had a colossal impact on our diets but also was the initiation point in the evolution of large European fleets of trade in the early Renaissance period.

Evidence suggests that sugar cane first expanded in South East Asia. This was found out through plant remnants and DNA. The first chemically refined sugar was first produced in India about 2,500 years ago. From then onwards, the technique spread to China, Persia, and the Middle East, eventually getting to the Mediterranean in the 13 the century. During that time Cyprus and Sicily became the centers of sugar production. During the Middle Ages, sugar was considered an expensive commodity which could only be afforded...

March 11, 2018

Salt is a mineral compound that is composed of 40% sodium and 60% chloride. The salt that we eat is normally called table salt that actually belongs to a family of salts which are ionic compounds.

Salt in its natural state is a crystalline mineral known as rock salt. It is present in vast quantities in seawater of which it is the main mineral constituent. Salt is one of the oldest and most omnipresent food seasonings and it is very important for food preservation. It has been known to be present since the existence of water and rock that create the mineral.

Salt has a history of billions of years which grows richer as time progresses.

Salt processing has been thought to date back to 8000 years ago, when people living in the area what is now called Romania, would boil spring water for salt. In fact, s...

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