Cultivated cousin of amaranth, amaranth, was known in South America several thousand years ago. The ancient peoples valued it as gold, and he was not only the main grain crop, but a cult plant. In ancient Greece the amaranth served as the emblem of immortality.
Amaranth (Amaranthus) of the amaranth family, or never-fading flower, his second name was for the fact that really never fades: in the form of its dried inflorescences can stand all winter in a vase, for which it is also called “winter people”.
Amaranth is an extraordinary flower. Decorative form of this plant was introduced to Europe in 1596. In the mountainous areas of India and Nepal, amaranth seeds cooked a special dish, which was the only permissible food.
In our country the amaranth brought N. And.Vavilov. It was the upturned amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus), common or amaranth. Amaranth is known as a pernicious weed, on the one hand, and as one of the best forage crops, on the other. On the territory of Russia there are 15 species of amaranths.
There are about 90 species of amaranths, common in tropical and subtropical areas of America, Africa and Asia. Annuals, rarely perennial trojanstrasse with powerful, erect, branched, succulent stems up to 180 cm tall. Continue reading
Rhubarb is a perennial, quite voluminous herbaceous plant of the family Polygonaceae. In appearance the plant is similar to burdock, and the taste of sour Apple. It is unpretentious, accustomed in absolutely any ground conditions. In addition, it does not take much space in Your garden or summer cottage, but will bring You many benefits. The stalks of rhubarb need to be watered at least once in ten days. You should also know that the plant was poorly stored, so try to use it as soon as possible. In addition, it is not recommended to store raw materials in iron and copper containers.
Maturation of rhubarb is in early spring, exactly the time when the human body needs vitamins. And then the plant will be more than ever.
Harvesting of medicinal raw materials
In folk medicine used mainly the root of the plant. Do not use too young roots, wait a couple of years. More useful will be the plant that is not less than four years. Procure raw materials recommended in late summer, early autumn period. It is not advisable to apply for therapeutic purposes, the roots were collected in November or even later. The later You decide to collect the roots of plants, the greater the likelihood that it already does not have great medicinal properties. Continue reading
Not much to tell about the dangers of white sugar, as many already know all this, so trying to replace brown and white sugar with stevia. However, some people want to know what are the benefits of stevia and brown sugar. Let’s find out more about how useful these products are and whether they harm the body.
There is a common myth that brown sugar is healthier. But is it? Is this product really so valuable? Or is it another fashion in the common pursuit of healthy eating?
What is brown sugar and how is it different from white? White sugar is produced mainly from sugar beet and contains more than 99.8 per cent sucrose. Is industrial cleaned. Therefore, it is devoid of many minerals and vitamins, although initially they were present in it in large quantities.
Brown sugar is most often made from sugar cane. It contains molasses, is in particular, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. Depending on how many contains molasses, brown sugar can be light or dark.
However, it should be borne in mind that we are dealing with a product that consists exclusively of sucrose. If you compare the calorie content of both types of sugar, it turns out that the difference is negligible(100 grams of white sugar contains about 406 calories, and brown about 390). Therefore, if we care about the figure, the consumption of brown sugar is of little use. Better then to withdraw it from the diet completely or limit to minimum. You should pay special attention to the price of brown sugar, this product is “luxury” for most people, because it is significantly more expensive than its white counterpart. There are, however, some difference in taste, so dark sort of sugar has a lot of fans because of these qualities. Continue reading