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What are laksa leaves?

An important element in Vietnamese cuisine, in Singapore laksa leaves are primarily used in the spicy curry noodles soup called Laksa. For some strange reason, the herb is not used in Indonesian nor Thai cuisines.

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Lactarius deliciosus: A distinctly European wild mushroom

Latin: Lactarius deliciosus English: Saffron milk cap, Red pine mushroom French: Lactaire délicieux Italian: Sanguinaccio (Calabria), Sanguinin (Liguria), Lardaru Sanguignu nel salento (Puglia), Rossella, Sanguinello, Pennenciole, Pennecciola, Pineggiola (Toscana), Sanguinoso (Umbria) Spanish: Mízcalo, Niscalo​, Rebollón, Robellón Portuguese: Sancha, Tancha, Pinheira,…

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Cordyceps Militaris: Your best chance to living forever

ordyceps Militaris seems to be a more sustainable and affordable alternative to Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, unless you are filthy rich. But you have to be realistic about what you can get out of Cordyceps Militaris, because it may not be as effective as its wild ancestor. Furthermore, you have to be careful about contamination by consuming only fresh or dried whole Cordyceps Militaris, not in supplement form.

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Asafoetida: the secret powder that transforms your Indian recipes

English: Asafoetida, Yellow Powder, Devil’s Dung Hindi: हींग (hīng) Bengali: হিং (hiṅ) Malayalam: കായം (kāyaṃ) Tamil: பெருங்காயம் (perunkayam) French: Merde du Diable German: Teufelsdreck Dutch: Duivelsdrek Afrikaans: Duiwelsdrek Swedish: Dyvelsträck Finnish: Pirunpaska, Pirunpihka Estonian: Juudavaik Turkish: Şeytan tersi, Şeytan boku,…

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What is the Carciofo Violetto?

English: Baby Purple Artichoke, Fiesole Artichoke Italian: Carciofo violetto Artichokes belong to a species of thistle and the edition part of the plant is the flower bud. Native to the Mediterranean, artichokes were eaten by the ancient Greeks and Roman….

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What is Bath Asparagus?

Once widely available from the Caucasus to the Mediterranean, the Bath Asparagus is not an asparagus ( Asparagus officinalis) but part of the lily family.

Now a rare plant in the wild, it is only found in the UK in some places such as the south of Bath. Hence the English name “Bath Asparagus”. It is believed that the plant was introduced to Bath by the Romans two thousand years ago.

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