Ingredients: Shallots

Shallots are annual herbaceous plants. Underground bulbs comprise garlic-like cloves. Shallot bulbs contain a volatile oil, and are used as flavouring or seasoning agents. Shallots are used to ease stomach discomfort, and as antidiarrrhoeal, expectorant, diuretic and antiflu agents.

Spices: About Cloves

This is the small, brown, nail-shaped spice, once found only in the islands of the Moluccas, east of Bali.

Spices: All about Chillies and Chilli Types

Chillies are a common ingredient in many cuisines. There are many different species, all containing capsaicin, a biologically active ingredient beneficial to the respiratory system, blood pressure and heart. Did you know there are more than 300 varieties of chilli?