Juicing Ingredients – Creating Flavour In Foods and Juices

Creating Flavour In Juice Drinks

It is common knowledge that the addition of natural spices and sweeteners can enhance the flavours of foods, but added to natural juice drinks, they too can create some amazing tastes.

honey sweetener


SWEETENERS:

Palm Sugar

Palm sugar, used in Southeast Asian cooking, is made from the sap of coconut and palmyrah palms. The color varies from dark brown to light golden, and it has a crumbly texture. It is available in block form from speciality foods markets and natural foods stores.


Honey

Honey is widely available but varies in quality and flavor. Use raw honey (honey that has not been heated) from a natural foods store if possible.


Carob Powder

Carob powder, ground from roasted carob pods, is similar in appearance, flavor, and texture to cocoa powder. Though not strictly a sweetener, it is often used as a chocolate substitute. It has many vitamins and minerals, and no caffeine.


NUTS AND SEEDS:

Almond Meal

Almond meal is simply almonds ground to a fine powder. You can buy it or make it yourself using a grinder.


Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts, sometimes known as para nuts, are a good source of magnesium. These relatively large, elongated, three-sided nuts originated in Brazil.


Flaxseed (Linseed) Meal

Flaxseed (linseed) meal is finely ground flaxseed. It is best to grind your own, as the oils tend to deteriorate quickly once ground.


Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is available in bottles from refrigerators in natural foods stores. It is highly perishable, so keep refrigerated and use before the marked expiry date.


Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a paste made from ground peanuts. Choose natural peanut butter from natural foods stores, rather than varieties with added salt and sugar. Sunflower seed meal must be made by grinding sunflower seeds, as it is not available already ground. The seeds are a good source of thiamine, vitamin E, and silicon.


Tahini

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. Commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus, it is rich in minerals, particularly calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.


SPICES:

Asafoetida

Asafoetida is a ground spice derived from a plant grown in India and the Middle East. In herbal medicine it is used to ease coughs and other respiratory problems, and to reduce gas. Also known as hing.


Black Pepper Black-Pepper

Black pepper is ground from dried black peppercorns. It is best to buy whole peppercorns and grind them yourself. Pepper aids digestion and circulation.


Cardamom

Cardamom, commonly used in Indian cooking, is available as whole pods, seeds, or ground. Cardamom is good for digestion, coughs, and colds.


Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be bought ground or in stick form, as a piece of rolled bark. Used in both sweet and savory dishes, cinnamon is good for circulation and digestion.


Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds come from the cilantro, or fresh coriander, plant, and are used whole or ground. Found in many countries, coriander is an important component of various spice blends, It stimulates the digestive system and helps with urinary tract infections.


Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is ground from the dried cayenne chili. Used to add heat and spice in cooking, it also enhances circulation, is good for digestion, and acts as a decongestant.


Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds come from a plant that is a member of the pea family. Usually ground and added to curry blends, fenugreek has anti-inflammatory properties and is an expectorant. Ginger is used fresh or dried and ground. It is good for digestion, circulation, and nausea, and is used in many sweet and savory dishes.


Saffron Threads

Saffron threads are the dried stigmas from a kind of crocus. It is hand-harvested and therefore quite expensive. Used in cooking for its flavor and to add a golden color to foods; in herbal medicine it is used to treat depression.


Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is made from the vanilla bean, a highly fragrant pod containing tiny black seeds. It is used to flavor many sweet dishes and baked goods.


Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a ground spice commonly used in sweet milky or egg-based desserts.  Medicinally, it is used to help induce sleep.


30. August 2010 by Sue
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