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In non-South Asian recipes, turmeric is sometimes used as an agent to impart a rich, custard-like yellow colour. It has found application in canned beverages, baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn colour, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces, etc. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders. Turmeric is used in savoury dishes. Although usually used in its dried, powdered form, Turmeric is also used fresh - much like ginger. It has numerous uses in far east recipes, such as fresh turmeric pickle (which contains large chunks of soft turmeric). Turmeric (coded as E100 when used as a food additive) is used to protect food products from sunlight. The oleoresin is used for oil-containing products. The curcumin/polysorbate solution or curcumin powder dissolved in alcohol is used for water containing products. Over-colouring, such as in pickles, relishes and mustard, is sometimes used to compensate for fading. In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties and many in South Asia use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is also used as an antibacterial agent.

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Turmeric 1kg Turmeric 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01705
3.96
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Turmeric 0.5kg Turmeric 0.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01706
2.68
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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Valerianaceae) is a hardy perennial flowering plant, native to Europe and parts of Asia, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers. It is consumed as food by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species including Grey Pug. The flowers are in bloom in the northern hemisphere from June to September. Valerian was used as a perfume in the sixteenth century. Valerian also contains isovaltrate, which has been shown to be an agonist for adenosine A1 receptor sites. This action may contribute to the herb's sedative effects. Valerian has uses in herbal medicine as a sedative. The main current use of valerian is as a remedy for insomnia, with a recent meta-analysis providing some evidence of effectiveness. It has been recommended for epilepsy but that is not supported by research (although valproic acid, an analogue of one of Valerian's constituents (valeric acid), is used as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilising drug). Valerian root generally does not lose effectiveness over time.

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Cut Valerian 0.5kg Cut Valerian 0.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
03272
12.65v
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Vanilla is a flavouring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. Etymologically, vanilla derives from the Spanish word "vainilla", little pod. Originally cultivated by Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican peoples, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both the spice and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s. Attempts to cultivate the vanilla plant outside Mexico and Central America proved futile because of the symbiotic relationship between the tlilxochitl vine that produced the vanilla orchid and the local species of Melipona bee; it wasn't until 1837 that Belgian botanist Charles Francois Antoine Morren discovered this fact and pioneered a method of artificially pollinating the plant. Unfortunately, the method proved financially unworkable and was not deployed commercially. In 1841, a 12-year-old French-owned slave by the name of Edmond Albius, who lived on Ile Bourbon, discovered the plant could be hand pollinated, allowing global cultivation of the plant. There are three main commercial preparations of natural vanilla: whole pod, powder (ground pods, kept pure or blended with sugar, starch or other ingredients), and extract (in alcoholic or occasionally glycerol solution) Vanilla flavouring in food may be achieved by adding vanilla extract or by cooking vanilla pods in the liquid preparation. A stronger aroma may be attained if the pods are split in two, exposing more of the pod's surface area to the liquid. In this case, the pods' seeds are mixed into the preparation. Natural vanilla gives a brown or yellow colour-preparations, depending on the concentration. Good quality vanilla has a strong aromatic flavour, but food with small amounts of low quality vanilla or artificial vanilla-like flavourings are far more common, since true vanilla is much more expensive. A major use of vanilla is in flavouring ice cream. The most common flavour of ice cream is vanilla, and thus most people consider it to be the "default" flavour. By analogy, the term "vanilla" is sometimes used as a synonym for "plain". Although vanilla is a prized flavouring agent on its own, it is also used to enhance the flavour of other substances, to which its own flavour is often complementary, such as chocolate, custard, caramel, coffee etc. in old medicinal literature, vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers. These purported uses have never been scientifically proven, but it has been shown that vanilla does increase levels of catecholamines (including epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline), and as such can also be considered mildly addictive. In an in-vitro test vanilla was able to block quorum sensing in bacteria. This is medically interesting because in many bacteria quorum sensing signals function as a switch for virulence. The microbes only become virulent when the signals indicate that they have the numbers to resist the host immune system response.

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Vanilla Pods dozen Vanilla Pods dozen vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
01707
40.00
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