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Sharing is Caring: Potato

Potato was first introduced in Europe by Spain in 1536, and the Spanish claim that Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada was the first to introduce the potato to Europe. Potatoes were not accepted at once in Europe because clerics said they were not mentioned in the bible, while others believed potatoes »

Potato Tips

Potatoes are known to be good for the stomach, spleen, and intestines. They could also be good for the environment. • Potatoes are among the most environmentally friendly vegetables. They’re easy to grow and don’t require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive as many other vegetables »

Potatoes -Believe it or Not!

Potato comes from the Spanish word “Patata”. Besides, potatoes are 80% water. Here are some more amazing potato facts: • The potato originated in the region of southern Peru where it was first domesticated between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. • In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space »

Sharing Tamarind is Caring!

The name “tamarind” comes from Arabic “tamar hindi”, meaning “Indian date.” Several early medieval herbalists and physicians wrote about “tamar indi”. Medieval Latin use was “tamarindus”, and Marco Polo wrote of “tamarandi.” On the other hand, in India, tamarind is called "imli" (in Hindi-Urdu) but also "almi& »

Tips: Tamarind

We all know that tamarind has a fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp. It’s mature when the flesh is brown or red in color. However, there are many ways in which tamarind or parts of it can be used for several purposes. • Tamarind pulp is edible. The hard green pulp of »

Tamarind Facts: Believe it or not!

While there are both sweet and sour varieties of tamarind, sour tamarind is by far the more popular fruit – comprising 95% of the world’s total production. Here are some more amazing facts about tamarind: • Along with a 31% water content, it consists of simple sugars in a percentage of »

Sharing is Caring: Aloe Vera

History has shown us that Aloe vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants on record due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. The word “aloe” comes from the Arabic term alloeh, which means “shining bitter substance,” and “vera” comes from the Latin word veritas, meaning “truth.” And it’ »

Tips for Aloe Vera

Aloe is a succulent plant that grows in hot, dry climates. The most common medicinal variety is Aloe vera (barbadensis Miller), which has been clinically shown to have the most nutrients of the over 500 species of aloe throughout the world. It is grown commercially for the health and moisturizing »

Aloe Vera -Believe it or Not!

Aloe vera, our favorite spiky green houseplant gem, is made up of 99.5% water, but the 0.5% solid portions are known to have the most active nutrients. Since the ancient civilizations, Aloe vera had a fascinating story with myths and facts. Here are a few of the facts: »

Pineapple: Sharing is Caring!

Did you know that though pineapple is today available worldwide, it originated in a place between today’s Paraguay and Brazil? That means pineapples are native to South America before Christopher Columbus discovered them in 1493 and took the fruit back to Europe. Moreover, ancient civilizations like the Mayans and »

Pineapple Tips

Growing a pineapple is really easy. All you have to do is cut off the top of the pineapple and put it back in soil but before that, the crown has to be dried partially. Simply plant the top of the fruit and it will grow. Here are some handy »