Online Glossary edited with meticulous attitude and published as convenience for site content reference,including glossaries of related different topics,Glossary Recipes are dedicated to ancient recipes and spices.The earliest known recipes date from approximately 1600 BC and come from an Akkadian tablet from southern Babylonia!
A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, leaf, or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant quantities as a food additive for the purpose of flavour, colour, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria or prevents their growth.Spices, however, are dried and often ground or grated into a powder.
Many of these substances are also used for other purposes, such as medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics, perfumery or eating as vegetables. For example, turmeric is also used as a preservative; liquorice as a medicine; garlic as a vegetable. In some cases they are referred to by different terms.
Indian fig:Botanical Name:indian fig
A small greenish-orange fruit from a large cactus Opuntia ficus-indica shaped like a 4 to 7 cm long flattened pear. The sweet juicy flesh contains edible seeds, which become hard on cooking. It should be handled with leather gloves when skinning although they can be bought with the spines removed (also called barbary pear, cactus pear, Indian pear, Indian fig, tuna fig).
Italian basil:Botanical Name:italian basil
A tender annual herb Ocimum basilicum with an aromatic flavour reminiscent of mint and cloves used in salads, pesto and Italian cooking, and added at the last minute to cooked dishes (also called sweet basil) see also bush basil, holy basil, lemon basil, hairy basil, purple basil, kermangi.
Isatis Leaf:Botanical Name:Folium Isatidis,Isatis indigotica Fort.L
English Name:Indigowoad Leaf
Common Name:Woad, Chinese,OtherWoad, Chinese
Application:Epidemic febrile diseases with the invasion of the blood by heat, mani- fested as high fever, restlessness, maculas and eruptions, un- consciousness, de- lirium and so on. It is often used with rhinoceros horn and capejasminne fruit, as in Decoction of Rhinoceros Horn and isatis leaf (Xijiao Daqing Tang). In cases of affection by exopathogenic wind- heat, of epidemic febrile diseases at the early stage, manifested as fever, headache and thirst, it is used with honeysuckle flower and arctium fruit.
Ipomoea digitata:Botanical Name:Ipomoea digitata
English Name:Aligator Yam, Giant Potato, Milky Yam
Sanskrit / Indian Name:Vidari, Vidaarikand
An extensive perennial climber with tuberous roots and pink or red flowers.
The roots contain ß-sitosterol and a neutral compound, a fixed oil and a glycoside. The tuberous root contains resin. It is considered as tonic, alterative, aphrodisiac, demulcent, lactagogue and cholagogue. It is recommended for emaciation in children. It enters into the composition of a compound decoction, which is nutritive,diuretic and expectorant, and useful in fevers and bronchitis. Powdered root is given for diseases of the spleen and liver, for menorrhagia,debility and fat accumulation.
Iron Calx:English Name:Iron Calx
Sanskrit / Indian Name:Loh bhasma
A special process makes the iron easy to assimilate for the elderly. A powerful hematinic indicated in anemia, it stimulates the appetite and has a general vitalizing effect.
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