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

 

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