Sorich Organics Juniper Berry Seeds

The word “Berry” makes everything seem sweet and merry. However, please don’t pop one of these berries into your mouth just on hearing the word “berry”, as your tastebuds might be in for a surprise!!! Juniper Berries aren’t really berries. These berries are not  true berries but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. They are bitter to taste and are best used in marinades and in meat dishes. Juniper berries traditionally have been used to “detoxify” the body and promote healthy digestion and skin health.

More about the Berries:

Juniper berries are the key flavoring in gin, which was originally known as jenever (“juniper”) and was developed in the Netherlands. Juniper berries were used in cooking and for medicinal purposes in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome, and have been found in India and other Asian cultures as well.

Juniper has a piney taste with citrus overtones (sometimes compared to rosemary) and is a common ingredient in German food. Juniper berries are a pungent spice that is popular in European cuisine and also gives gin its distinguishing flavor.

Juniper berries are tiny cones of the juniper bush (a relative of the popular landscaping shrub). Most juniper berries used in recipes come from the species Juniperus communis, a plant that grows in northern climates. Not all juniper berries are edible, some berries are toxic.

You can purchase the product via Amazon.in or head to the webpage of SorichOrganics and get in touch with the team.

To know more about the brand, Click here to read my earlier post on Sorich Organics.

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Price: It is priced at Rs.149

Quantity: 100gms ( available in 200, 350 and 900 gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Quality: The Resealable airtight packets ensure that the berries stay fresh and do not absorb any moisture.

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Packaging: The berries comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. These packets are simple to look at. However a pop of colour makes each packet stand out. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Juniper Berries:

  • Juniper berries are a source of vitamin C.
  • Juniper berries are rich in antioxidants that might protect your body from oxidative damage. Adding more antioxidant rich foods to your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • It is a natural antiseptic with anti fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • It may help improve digestion.
  • It helps improve skin conditions like eczema,vitiligo and rashes.
  • can be included as part of a diabetic diet plan

Precautions while using Juniper Berries:

  • Pregnant women should never consume juniper berries in whole or essential oil form as it may potentially cause damage to the unborn child or force uterine contractions.
  • Juniper is also not recommended for those with poor kidney function.
  • It is possible to develop an allergic reaction to juniper berries, which could manifest with skin issues (like a rash) or breathing issues. If you experience any of those conditions after using juniper berries, discontinue use and consult your doctor immediately.
  • Juniper berries may also interact negatively with certain medications, so if you are on any form of medication, you should first consult with your doctor before using juniper berries or juniper berry essential oil.

How to Use Juniper Berries:

If you want a strong juniper aroma and flavor to your dish, crushing fresh berries before adding them to a sauce or marinade is the way to go.

 For a more subtle flavor, you can toast the berries, but be careful not to burn them or they’ll taste bitter.

To crush the berries, put a tablespoon or so in a zippered bag and lightly smash them with a meat mallet, hammer or wine bottle. Once they’re flattened, dump them on a cutting board and chop them finely with a chef’s knife before adding to your dish or marinade.

Whole or crushed, juniper berries add a lot of flavor. But you’ll want to be careful when first trying them in a recipe to find the smallest amount to get the most flavor. Too much juniper berry can overpower all the other flavors. As a flavor enhancer , they work best in savory dishes. Try them in a stew or add to your chicken before roasting. The berries pair really well with game, such as venison or duck.

What to cook with Juniper Berries:

Juniper is commonly used with lamb (or mutton) and is particularly good with venison, wild boar, and even domestic pork. You could even add them to a pot of chili, to give a rustic flavor that complements ground smoked chile peppers. Juniper is also a good flavoring to use with roast duck.

To bring out juniper berries’ slight citrus flavor, most recipes call for another fruit such as apples or prunes to be added. You can rub crushed juniper berries into a meat of your choosing before roasting it. Add a little ginger or garlic to the rub for a savory flavor. Or you can stew the berries before marinating or basting the meat with them.

If you love cooking meats , head to http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/juniper_berries and check out some amazing recipes using Juniper Berries.

Hope this post was an interesting and informative read!

Love

Sonali..

Sources used for reference: (Pictures of the plant from google for your reference)

Product Review: Quinoa Seeds From Sorich Organics

Healthy food has become the need of the day. Quinoa is one such seed which is widely used in breakfast bowls, of which, amazing pictures are posted on instagram, which makes you want to try it out as well. So here I am with a packet of quinoa in my hand, all set to create a breakfast bowl with an instagram picture to kill for!!!! 😀  The Indian version would make Quinoa look like Upma! The breakfast bowls look amazing though:

About the Plant:

I must say, as I searched for the Quinoa Plant , the photographs of the plant were stunning. The plant itself is so colourful and doesn’t appear to be a superfood plant!! As I first saw the pictures, I assumed it to be a flowering plant that could be used for floral decorations.  Have a look at these pictures:

Quinoa, (Chenopodium quinoa), plant species grown for its tiny edible seeds. As a member of the Amaranthaceae family, quinoa is not a true cereal. Its seeds are high in protein and fibre, and its young leaves are also nutritious and can be eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach (to which it is related). The plant is native to the Andean region of South America, where it has been a staple crop for millennia. Touted for its health benefits, quinoa is now grown in a number of countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and India, but most of it is still grown in Peru and Bolivia.

After harvest, the seeds are processed to remove the bitter-tasting outer seed coat. Versatile for many dishes, cooked quinoa supplies nutrient content similar to wheat and rice, such as moderate amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free.

Quinoa is a little expensive and that might refrain you from making a purchase. But yes, you could give it a try and then decide if you would want to continue with the product. Or maybe you could purchase this once in two months if you like it 🙂

Buy the seeds from Amazon.in or visit the brand webpage www.sorichorganics.com to get in touch with the team. To know more about the brand, Click Here.

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Price: It is priced at Rs.149

Quantity: 100gms (also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Quality: Sorich Organics definitely has ensured the cereal remains fresh with its airtight packaging.

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Packaging: The Packet is a simple brown packet with a pop of colour which makes it attractive. The cereal comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Quinoa:

  • Quinoa is majorly consumed for its dietary fibres and minerals such as iron,zinc and magnesium. It also helps with food digestion.
  • Quinoa is an ideal source of vitamins like Thiamin,Riboflavin,folate and vitamin B6, which help to regulate the internal functions and metabolism of the body.
  • 100gms of quinoa contains120 calories and only 2gms fat. for people concerned about their weight, replacing other food grains with quinoa will be helpful to slim down.
  • Quinoa has antioxidant properties that help in protecting the heart, liver, kidney, lungs, and pancreas against oxidative stress.
  • It is a good source of proteins.
  • The amount of calcium found in quinoa is similar to that of dairy products, but it has been pointed out that those who are intolerant of dairy products can eat it.

How to use quinoa:

  • Quinoa can be taken in breakfast or can be mixed in salads. You can have quinoa in a roasted form or also cook it as a side dish. It can be ground and mixed in food too.

Check out the below links to get some recipes on how to use Quinoa:

Hope this article charges you up or at least the breakfast bowl pictures do 😛 to go and get yourself some quinoa!!!

Happy healthy snacking!!!

Love

Sonali..

 

Source for reference: (Few pictures of the plant and breakfast bowls from Google , just for your reference)

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Halem Seeds

The word “Halem” gives a very Middle-East feeling to me, and maybe to you as well right? I just wondered while I looked at the packet of Halem Seeds, as to what in the world was Halem seeds??  On getting a few of these seeds on my palm, the colour of the seeds are reddish-brown. They have a peppery , tangy taste  which I didn’t quite like. The seeds have derived names like cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort cress, pepperwort pepper grass, mustard and cress or poor man’s pepper, due to this peppery flavour.

About The Plant:
So yes, although I didn’t like the taste, and before the seeds went to some corner in the kitchen cupboards, I did some research about this plant and I found it quite interesting. I look forward to using these seeds in my daily cooking as well!
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Garden cress has tiny, meaty, slightly elongated green leaves and long white-green, feeble-looking stems with stringy white roots. It is readily available in the form shouts and best harvested when the shouts reach 5-10 cm in height. If left to mature, the plant can easily reach 50-60 cm in height. There are several varieties available, including wrinkled or crinkled ones (called as such as a result of their curled leaves). Seeds are tiny and red brown in color and are used as seasoning in Asian cooking under the name ‘haloon’, where they are almost just as popular as garden cress itself.
Both the leaves and seeds are used for seasoning dishes. Garden cress leaves have a peppery, sharp flavor, similar to that of radishes. However, growing conditions can influence their flavor to some extent. For instance, growing the plant in pots, bowls or even flat plates and keeping it on your windosill will help temper its flavor and make it milder-tasting. Garden cress can even be sprouted from seeds on wet or moist paper towels or cotton wads.
So, if you wish to try out these seeds and add some zing into your daily cooking , head to Amazon.in and get yourself a pack of Sorich Organic Halem Seeds. Else you can check out their website www.sorichorganics.com and get in touch with the team. You can read more about this brand here.
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Price: It is priced at Rs.90
Quantity: 100gms (Available in 200gm and 400gm as well)
Shelf Life: 18 months
Quality: The seeds are of good quality, they are crunchy and the packaging does its job really well in keeping the seeds fresh.
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Packaging:

The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple yet attractive and keeps the seeds fresh. The packet has a pop of colour which makes the otherwise dull packet, attractive.

Benefits of Halem Seeds:

  • Also known as Halim/Garden Cress seeds, Halem seeds majorly improve menstrual health and indigestion. One of the oldest cultivated seeds, Halem seeds also help in hair loss treatment and boosting immunity.
  • Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.
  • High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.
  • It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics
  • It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles.
  • Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache.
  • cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.
  • it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals.

 

Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds:

1.Diuretic Properties: Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.

2.Abortifacient Properties: Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.

3.Goitrogenic Properties: Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.

How to Use Halem Seeds/Garden cress Seeds:

  • Halem seeds can be eaten raw and roasted before eating. They are peppery and aromatic ,hence, used with salads and vegetable curries .
  • Roasted slightly with added salt.
  • Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
  • Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).
  • The leaves go well in sandwiches or fresh, green salads

Recipe Links:

Hope you liked this post !!!!

Share your comments and recipes as well!!!

Love,

Sonali

 

Sources used for reference (including a picture of the plant from google just for your reference):

  • wikipedia
  • natureword.com

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Flax Seeds Superfood

So I’m back with another Superfood review !!!! And this time its the inevitable !!! 😀 Yes, its on Flax seeds from Sorich Organics. I’m sure you all must have given this seed a try by introducing it into your diet. I remember my mother making a powder of this seed and making me have it with water. All i knew was it wasnt tasting good , but it was supposed to be good for my hair. So yeah, that was exactly how i would have flax seeds!!!! well, you don’t have to go through this troublesome tasteless procedure as there are better ways to consume Flax seeds.

The seeds definitely taste better when they are roasted and once roasted you can have it as a snack!! If you have it raw, please keep some water ready as at times it can choke or you may not like the way it feels and tastes.

About the Plant:

Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseed, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word “flax” may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.

Flaxseeds are also known as linseed, jawas/Alashi(Marathi), avise Ginzalu (Telugu), Cheruchanavith (Malayalam), Alsi (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi), Agase (kannada).

You can purchase flax seeds at your local store or you could opt for organic seeds offered by Sorich Organics. To know more about the brand Click Here.

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So, in case you would love to try it out via Sorich Organics, you could read through the blog and then make your purchase via Amazon.in or if this article makes you want to give the seeds a try, you could head out to your local store and get it as well 🙂

Price: It is priced at Rs.90

Quantity: 100 gms (It is also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Quality: The seeds come in resealable packages and the quality is good. No moisture , no fungus, and the seeds were crunchy. The packaging ensured the seeds didn’t go soft.

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Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: The seeds come in an airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple with a pop of colour and informative.

Benefits of Flax Seeds:

  • Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the world.
  • Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. The fibre in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Taken before a meal, flaxseed fibre seems to make people feel less hungry, so that they might eat less food.
  • The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.
  • Flaxseeds are gluten-free and are high in anti-oxidants.
  • The lignans in the flax have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women. It can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because lignans do have estrogenic properties. To experience the flax seed benefits for your hormones include 1-2 tbsp of flax meal in a breakfast smoothie along with 1 tbsp of flax seed oil.

How to use Flax seeds? 

Flax seeds needn’t seem boring. It in fact can be used in numerous ways (even I wasn’t aware of all these ways! ) . You could give these a try and make some healthy changes to your regular diet 🙂

  • A small dose  (2-4tbsp)of ground flaxseeds can be added to your cereal/oats.
  • Consume ground flaxseeds with any liquid (smoothies) or consume it with a liquid on the side.
  • Soak the seeds before you put them in smoothies or juices. It pairs well with vegetable and fruit smoothies.
  • Sprinkle flaxseeds on yoghurt.
  • Add toasted flaxseeds to salads and soups.
  • Bake muffins, cakes , cookies with ground flaxseed as one of the ingredients.

For Recipes Using Flax Seeds, Check the links below:

I’m sure you will love flax seeds and love the recipes as well 🙂

 

I hope this post was informative and helpful ! Hope you loved it!

Love

Sonali.

 

References used from:

https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/

Wikipedia

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Gond Katira Superfood

I had never heard of this term itself. This product was introduced to me via Sorich Organics and  the benefits of this product blew my mind away. Obviously excess of any product can just cause trouble, and that is applicable to this product as well. The sap is known for its cooling and heating properties and yes, its healing properties as well.

This is a viscous water soluble mixture. It also well known for containing with high amount of protein in it. It doesn’t have its own odor and taste.

I’m sure you all would be interested to know what the plant is, its benefits ,uses and healing properties. So, lets get right into the facts 🙂

About the Plant:

Tragacanth is an amazing herb obtained from the sap of legume plant that contains wonderful benefits. This herb comes from a shrub which is easily found in mid-east, Iran, Iraq and in some western parts of Asia as well. It is connected to the Astragalus species and the botanical name of the best quality gum is Astragalus Gummifer. The gum naturally emanates from the roots and incisions produced in the stem. From here it is being collected and then dried and that results in crystals/flakes. So Tragacanth Gum herb in India is popularly known by the Hindi name “Gond Katira”.

About the Brand: Click here to head to my previous post on the Brand and its Offerings.

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Price: Rs.150

Quantity: 100 gm (available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 Months

Quality: The gum crystals in the package are of good quality and the packaging definitely did its job well.

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Packaging: The product comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Gond Katira:

  • It is both cooling and heat producing. It can be used to cool the body in summers and heat it in winter.
  • Gond katira keeps the body cool and prevents you from having heat strokes and nose bleeding in summers.
  • It improves blood circulation and purifies blood.
  • It reduces acne from the skin
  • It tightens loose skin
  • It is tremendously used for emulsifying and stabilizing purposes.
  • It inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the body
  • It regulates the sugar level in diabetic patients
  • It is an excellent remedy for treating cough and diarrhea.
  • For treating burns, the paste of the gond katira can be directly applied to the affected area. Hence this way it would show the best possible results.
  • The herb can be used in various drinks, salad coverings, processed cheese and puddings as well. So that would offer taste and due to its cooling properties as well.
  • As per the various studies, the herb stimulates the immune system. It also strength the body enough to fight with tumors.
  • This works as the body reliever and on the same time, this is stabilizer, emulsifier and texture additive. Due to its properties, it also used in sauces, salads, confections and ice cream because that offers to make it thick.

Industrial Uses of Gond Katira:

Gond katira is not only used in food, and for healing purposes, but is widely used in textile industries, cosmetic industry, etc.

  • It is a thickening agent and soused in making dyes for printing in various fields like calico printing, dressing fabrics, for preparing glues, for making gloss in ink and for water colors and textiles.
  • This is a perfect binder as well and so used in making pastels of an artist. For gripping the powdered herbs in collaboration, this also used in incense making as a binder. This is the reason that makes it perfectly used for paper manufacturing.
  • It is also used in cosmetic industry and in culture medium in laboratories as well.
  • The herb Gond Katira used for preparing paste in floral sugar-craft. So that life like flowers can be made on wires and further they are used to decorate the cakes.
  • It offers fineness and delicacies in finishing your work. And for the purpose the paste can be made that dried in the air or apprehend colourings.

How To Use Gond Katira:

I’m sure you all must be eager to know and understand how to use this product. So keep your reading glasses on and read further 🙂

  • Soak 5gm of gond katira in water overnight. In the morning, pour water, and put the gond katira in a glass of milk. Add sugar and ice and consume it.
  • Drink plenty of water when u consume gond katira.
  • In India, It is majorly used for sweets (ice creams) and can be consumed directly and mixed in vegetable curries and drinks after soaking.

For recipes using Gond Katira,  check out the below links:

Side Effects:

As I mentioned, any product is beneficial to health if taken in the right proportion. Excess intake of the product may worsen things instead of healing.

  • Excessive Intake can cause Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal Pain, Gas, High Fever, Skin Rash.
  • It may produce allergic symptoms like Asthma or Contact Dermatitis.
  • Blocked Intestines: Drink plenty of water with Gond Katira. The gum may block intestines if you do not drink plenty of water.
  • Breathing Problem: Avoid Gond Katira if you are allergic to Quillaia Bark. It may cauase breathing problems.

So guys, I hope this was an interesting and informative read and helps you whilst you make your purchases.

You can view and purchase products from Sorich Organics via Amazon.in

If you have any more information on the product, please feel free to share the information 🙂

Love,

Sonali

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