Archive | February, 2013

Benefits And Uses Of Haricot Beans

25 Feb

Bean is a common name for all kinds of large plant seeds that are mostly used as the food for humans and animals. It is among the longest cultivated plants and is high in protein, iron and complex carbohydrates because of which it is very popular as a food item all around the world. The world gene banks have more than 40,000 bean varieties. Haricot beans are small, dry, white beans that are widely used in cooking for countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and South America. Beans have low cholesterol, prevent heart diseases and weight loss.

Haricot Beans

Haricot Beans

These beans are known as navy beans in the United States. These are small, oval, plump and creamy white with a mild flavor. These beans are called as navy beans because in earlier days it was served to the US navy in every meal. Consuming these beans raw is not possible as it has a very hard exterior, however cooking it makes it edible and tasty. These beans are great for metabolism and regulation of the sugar level of blood of an individual and also support the adrenal regulation function and provide an excellent source of protein and fibre.

Red Haricot Beans

Red Haricot Beans

The haricot beans are very valuable and are prized in many Mediterranean countries where they are used in many dishes with tomato sauce. It is a good source of many nutrients and proves to be a healthy diet for each and every individual. It has little flavor of its own but is capable of absorbing the aroma and flavors of added spices very easily. It is because of this reason that these beans are used in bean salads, vegetable soups, slow cooked dishes and other dishes that are very popular and in demand in the market. These beans can be stored for a year or more when it is kept in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.

Uses of Coriander Seeds

18 Feb

There are different names for coriander; some call it cilantro while some call it Chinese parsley. This plant is popular as it produces a spice and a herb. ‘Coriander’ is a word which is used for ground seeds and for the fresh herb we use the word ‘cilantro’. It belongs to Apiaceae family and it is found in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Coriander seeds are very popular as they increase flavor of dishes and are also associated with health benefits.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander Seeds

Some of us like raw spices than readymade spices which are available. Coriander seeds are crushed and then added to increase flavor and aroma to various culinary delights. The seeds are free from gluten and act as anti oxidant. Various essential oils and fatty acids can be obtained from the seeds and this helps to enhance digestive and anti flatulent properties of these seeds. Dietary fibers can be obtained and this helps to reduce constipation. Women around the world consume the seeds for better menstrual flow. These are used for reducing the level of sugar in our blood as they stimulate insulin secretion. Seeds from these plants are used for maintaining the balance between good and bad cholesterol level and helps our heart stay healthy.

coriander seeds

coriander seeds

Curries and pickles are made by using coriander seeds and leaves. For buying fresh seeds you can contact different companies which deal with raw spices. There are traders who supply raw spices to various parts of the world. You can order and purchase quality seeds through online sources. You might even get discounts on these products. But while purchasing spices whether be it from whole sellers you should always choose a dealer who is popular. Read the packaging date and ask them how to store these seeds so that you can use them for longer period.

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