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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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 Raw Hemp Seeds

The word hemp itself raises eyebrows and i guess it already has done the needful here too!!!  🙂  Honestly, I never even thought that hemp could be used in our daily life!! I was surprised when I saw this package amongst the other superfoods and literally wondered what I could do with it!

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About the Plant:

Well, as you all already know, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species and is one of the fastest growing plants !

Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel. Hemp oil from the seeds becomes solid and can be used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, in creams as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics (even the Hemp Foot Protector from TheBodyShop is infused with hemp seed oil! ).

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. The leaves of the hemp plant can be consumed raw in salads. Hemp can also be made into a liquid and used for baking or for beverages such as hemp milk, hemp juice, and tea.

About Sorich Organics Raw Hemp Seeds (Unhulled/Unshelled/Whole): The brand needs no introduction and if you want to know more about it, Click Here.

                                                                    

Price: Rs.90

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

Shelf Life: 18 months

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.

Quality:

The seeds in the package are of good quality and the packaging definitely did its job well.

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I was unaware about the benefits and uses of Raw hemp seeds and hence did a little search on these seeds, so that I could share the same with all of you and I hope this helps you as well. I just popped a few of these seeds into my mouth, and they tasted good! You can buy them on Amazon India and for brand information you could check their website SorichOrganics. If its out of stock you could get in touch with the team and they would definitely help you out 🙂

Benefits of Raw Hemp Seeds:

  • Raw Hemp seeds are generally considered as one of the oldest and most versatile crops. It is a natural blend of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and Vitamin E among various other minerals.
  • They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s perfect foods – a Superfood.
  • They are more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food.
  • Raw hemp seeds can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.
  • Most health organizations agree that the human body needs a 3 or 4:1 balance of omega 6 over omega 3. Hemp seed is the only seed where this ideal balance occurs. It does not occur in flax, almond, walnut, soybean or olive oil.

How to use raw Hemp seeds:

Raw hemp seeds van be eaten raw, roasted and also ground to be mixed in food or sprinkled on various fruit shakes and vegetable soups. They can also be eaten with cereals (I would be trying this soon )!

For recipes check the below links:

Hope this post helps you with your questions on hemp seeds and how to use them.. Let me know if you want to know how I used these seeds  in my diet.

Keep reading, keep snacking healthy!

Love

Sonali

References:

(http://www.purehealingfoods.com/hempHeartsInfo.php) and wikipedia.

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Sunflower Seeds

I have already spoken about the brand “Sorich Organics” (click the link to read the post) in my previous blog which will give you an introduction to the brand and its offerings. They sent over few of their organic superfoods  for me to give them out a try. So lets see, how they fare! Today the superfood put to the test is “Sorich Organics Sunflower Seeds”.

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About the Plant:

Sunflower is a tall, erect, herbaceous annual plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae, in the genus, Helianthus. Its botanical name is Helianthus annuus.

In the farm fields, sunflower heads can be ready for harvesting once they turn brown and dry. In general, the seeds intended to use in confectionery are somewhat larger, sweet, and have striped hulls.

Types of Seeds: Oil-type sunflower seeds are characterized by small size, have more oil content, and feature black hulls. However, both types of seeds can be used for either purpose.

In the stores, one may choose whole-seeds, hulled, roasted, salted, etc., for use. Avoid thin, shriveled seeds or old stocks, as they tend to be out of flavor.

Storage: At home, store whole seeds at room temperature in a bin or jar. However, sunflower kernels should be placed inside an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.

About Sorich Organic Sunflower Seeds:

 

Price: Rs.90

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

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging:

The sunflower 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.

Quality:

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The seeds were crunchy and are a good snack option! The airtight package has definitely taken care of the product , thereby ensuring that the consumer gets value for money.

Benefits of Sunflower Seeds:

  • Sunflower seeds are often considered a healthy companion of your snacks as they prevent thyroid.
  • They also prove to be a powerful anti oxidant and a potent source of magnesium.
  • Sunflower seeds are powerhouse of antioxidants.
  • For heart health, sunflower seeds are excellent
  • Sunflower seeds majorly balance cholesterol.
  • Sunflowers are an exceptional source of vitamin E, which plays a very important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You can get over ninety percent of the daily value for vitamin E in only a quarter of a cup of sunflower seeds.
  • Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium, which, along with calcium is necessary for strong bones.
  • Sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, an important neurotransmitter.
  • Serotonin relieves tension, calms the brain and promotes relaxation.
  • The flour made from sunflower seeds is one of the richest source of Iron, hence beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.
  • vitamin E applied topically has been shown to prevent UV damage. A diet containing vitamin E-rich foods promotes this same protective effect.

How to consume Sunflower Seeds:

  • Sunflower seeds are known for being topping and sprinkler on food . They are more often consumed with breakfast and sprinkled on fruit smoothies.
  • Add sunflower seeds to your yoghurt, soup or salad.
  • Garnish mixed green salads with sunflower seeds.
  • Adding sunflower seeds to scrambled eggs will give them a unique taste and texture.
  • Use fine ground sunflower seeds to dust your meats with in place of flour.
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds onto hot and cold cereals and desserts too.

For recipes using sunflower seeds visit www.tarladalal.com

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I have already got a bottle filled with roasted sunflower seeds and i love snacking on them. Yes, this definitely takes care of the unwanted snacks and ensures you stay healthy and lose weight too, by keeping a tab on your snacks!

Go grab your pack from www.amazon.in

Hope this review helped!!!

Love,

Sonali

References used:

  1. www.healthdiaries.com
  2. www.nutrition-and-you.com