Tag: Herbs

Should​ ​you​ ​Worry​ ​About​ ​Gluten​ ​in​ ​Ground​ ​Spices​ ​and​ ​Dried Herbs?

This is a frequently asked question, especially after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published its report on gluten in ground spices in 2011. According to this report, it is prohibited to add gluten in pre-packaged ground spices and these shouldn’t include any other ingredients (according to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR)). If gluten […]

Flavour Gain without the Pain

15 September, 2015 No Comments

Do you feel that your food is less tasty ever since you started following a low FODMAP diet? Were you gutted when you found out that onions and garlic have a high FODMAP* content? Here are some tips for adding flavour to your meals, without causing discomforts.


Bringing mojito mint back to life

I don’t know about you, but each time I buy fresh herbs, I end up wasting some because I don’t know what to do with so much. This is often the case with mint. Every year, we rent a cabin along with some dietitian friends and mojitos are always on the menu! This time once […]

A refreshing mojito in mint condition

11 August, 2014 No Comments

When planting mint, you’ll discover how rampantly this herb grows. Luckily, it can be used in an almost infinite variety of sweet and savoury dishes. One way to enjoy this refreshing herb on a hot summer’s day is to prepare a delicious mojito, the national cocktail of Cuba. There are several variations of this classic. […]

Medicinal plants night-time market in Bogotá

15 October, 2013 No Comments

In Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, in the district of Los Martires, there is a very special market. Two nights a week, Monday and Thursday from 10 pm until late at night, some 400 farmers from around the country gather in Samper Mendoza market to sell their herbs.


Lavender, a perfume from Provence

This wonderful plant, which gets its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’, is best known for its intense and pleasant fragrance. It was used as a medicinal plant in the Middle Ages to treat infectious diseases, because it was believed that its fragrance could stop the spread of diseases such as the plague.

The five basic tastes

25 February, 2012 No Comments

We do not all have the same likes and … dislikes. But all of us do have about 4000 taste sensory receptors, 75% of which are located on the dorsal surface of the tongue, the remainder being distributed along the palate, pharynx and upper esophagus.


Fresh herbs for good taste and health

This summer, try your hand at cooking with fresh aromatic herbs that are currently available everywhere and in abundance. They add flavour and fragrance to dishes, thereby allowing you to cut down on your intake of salt. What’s more, they contain vitamins and essential oils. When bought fresh, herbs can stay fresh for a week […]

Papaya, fruit of a large plant

11 December, 2010 No Comments

The papaya tree, like the banana tree and coconut tree, is not actually a tree in the botanical sense of the word. It’s more of a giant plant with a soft and hollow trunk that grows rapidly to a height of 8-10 m and survives for about 25 years. The fruit grows directly on the […]

Pistou, a fragrance of the Provence region

16 August, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on September 9, 2007. Vegetable soup with pistou, which is almost a meal in itself, is the pride of Provence. The term «pistou», often confused with the neighbouring and perhaps more well known Ligurian «pesto», means «crushed».

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Bay leaf – the symbol of victory and wisdom

14 August, 2010 1 Comment

Native to the Mediterranean region, the bay laurel is a perennial shrub with spearheaded leaves that release a very strong fragrance when crushed, as they are rich in essential oils. Bay or laurel leaves are an essential component of the “bouquet garni“, a blend of aromatic herbs that is used in a variety of recipes […]

sarriette savory

How About a Savory Aphrodisiac?

7 August, 2010 No Comments

Savory is an aromatic perennial herb that originated in the Mediterranean region and it includes at least 15 species, of which Summer savory (Hortensis) and Winter savory (Montana) are the most common.