Cacao or Cocoa: What’s the difference?

Chocolate is healthy – right? Not quite, but like most ingredients, how you process them makes a huge difference to their benefits (or indeed their disadvantages). That’s definitely the case …

The beautiful benefits of Star Anise

Thanks to its distinctive taste and aroma, star anise is often used in rich and delicious dishes and is an important ingredient in the well-known spice blend Chinese 5 Spice, …

Bee pollen: The latest superfood trend

Considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods, bee pollen is creating quite a buzz around the world. Even celebrities, such as Victoria Beckham, are raving about the multitude of benefits …

Long Peppers: The forgotten spice

Long peppers, Piper longnum, are the fruits of an aromatic, perennial climbing plant native to India and South Asia and now found cultivated in Indonesia and Thailand. It’s a spice …

The hottest benefits of cayenne pepper

A powerful ingredient with a host of health and beauty benefits, cayenne pepper has been used within Chinese medicines for hundreds of years. It’s common knowledge that cayenne pepper is …

Healthy herbal teas

A wonderfully British past-time, tea drinking has seen a huge resurgence recently, with so many new flavours to choose from. When the sun’s out, a refreshing lavender and Lemon Balm …

The benefits of chillies and capsaicin2

As one of the world’s favourite spices, it’s strange to think that chili peppers weren’t introduced to the wider world until the 16th century, thanks to the Italian explorer Christopher …

What is a Superfood?

superfood noun noun: superfood; plural noun: superfoods; noun: super-food; plural noun: superfoods  A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. When it comes to supporting your …