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24 Jul 2016


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice.

Long-hailed for its medicinal, therapeutic and culinary benefits in India, China and around the world, ginger continues to gain ground as a root for well-being. Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. ginger roots is often used as a seasoning in Indian recipes and is a common ingredient of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and many South Asian cuisines for flavoring dishes such as seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes.

As the world’s most widely cultivated spice, ginger may also be the world’s most versatile, evidence-based natural health remedy. Numerous studies have been conducted on the medicinal benefits of this wonder spice for over 100 health conditions. It has a long history of use, and as a testimony to its numerous benefits, it remains a component of more than 50% of all traditional herbal remedies.

Health Benefits

24 Jul 2016


Galangal is ginger on steroids. Stockier than its rootstalk relations  It is a star ingredient in Thai cookery where it is named kha and is used in soups, stir-frys and curry pastes. In taste and aroma, it has a wonderfully clean flavor and fresh piney scent that are as pungent as ginger’s own spicy notes.


Besides being a rich source of iron, sodium, vitamins A and C, it also contains flavanoids and phytonutrients. This tuber is known to have numerous medicinal and health benefits. And is used by many homeopaths and healthcare professionals. Here are some of their health benefits:

  • Galangal contains anti-inflammatory properties and therefore is beneficial in treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It also helps to relieve discomfort caused due to inflammation of the abdomen and ulcers too.
  • To curb sea and motion sickness, nausea, chew a few slices of fresh galangal.
  • Galangal contains a host of anti-oxidants that helps to minimise the damage caused by free radicals and other toxins in the body.
  • To improve blood circulation in the body, include galangal in your diet.
  • If you suffer form diarrhoea, chew a few slices of fresh galangal to seek relief.
  • Besides being a rich source of iron, sodium, vitamins A and C, it contains flavanoids and phytonutrients.
24 Jul 2016



Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green through to yellow, orange and red) and are one of the most popular spices in the world.

Chillies can be used fresh, dried or powdered, and the level of heat varies from type to type, from sweet and mellow to blisteringly hot - as a general rule, the smaller the chilli, the hotter the taste. The substance that generates the heat is called capsaicin, which is found mainly in the pith and, to a lesser extent, the seeds. But it's not all about heat - each type has its own distinct flavour.

Chili Pepper Health Benefits

Chili peppers are extremely healthy for you and offer a number of health benefits. They should be included in your regular diet. Here's why.

  • Chili Peppers Have Loads of Vitamin C
  • Chili Peppers Help Protect Your Heart
  • Chili Pepper Can Help You Burn Fat and Lose Weight
  • Chili Peppers Help Soothe Intestinal Diseases
  • Chili Peppers Fight Inflammation
  • Chili Peppers Help Lower High Blood Pressure
  • Chili Peppers Can Warm Your Feet
  • Chili Peppers Fight Cancer
  • Chili Peppers Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion
  • Chili Peppers Fight Migraine Headaches and Sinus Headaches

EVERGREEN ORGANICS BELIZE grows the following species of chili peppers:

1. Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)

Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes, as a powder or in its whole form (such as in Indian, Korean, Sichuan, and other Asian cuisine), or in a thin, vinegar-based sauce. It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. It is also used as an herbal supplement

2. Jalapeno (Capsicum annuum)

This is one of the most popular chili in central America and some parts of north America. These chilies are primarily grown in southern part New Mexico and some parts western Texas. Jalapeno is used the large number of preparations including sauces, dipping and various main course cuisines.

A mature jalapeño fruit is 5–10 cm (2–4 in) long and hangs down with a round, firm, smooth flesh. It. Commonly picked and consumed while still green, it is occasionally allowed to fully ripen and turn red, orange or yellow, and is wider and milder than the Serrano pepper. Compared to other chilies, the jalapeño heat level varies from mild to hot depending on cultivation and preparation and can have between 2,500 and 10,000 Scoville units

3. Thai peppers / Bird's eye chili (Capsicum frutescens)

Thai peppers are generally smaller and characteristically points to the sky when on the plant, but is quite hot (piquant). It measures around 100,000–225,000 Scoville units, which is at the lower half of the range for the hotter habanera chili but still many times more spicy than a jalapeño These chilis are used in soups, salads, and stir-fried dishes. They are also put in fish sauce as a condiment or eaten raw. In Thai cuisine, these chilis are highly valued for their fruity taste and extreme spiciness. They are extensively used in many Thai dishes, such as in Thai curries and in Thai salads, green as well as the ripe red chilis.

4. Piri Piri (Capsicum frutescens)

Piri piri also called African bird's eye chili

This chilli is also known as - 'African Red Devil'. As the name suggests, this chilli originated in Africa and is extremely hot. It's thin and cylindrical in shape with reddish orange tint. The name 'Piri piri' came from Portuguese language which is used to identify this African devil. This chilli is primarily grown in Mozambique and Congo.

The fruits are generally tapered to a blunt point and measure up to 8–10 cm (3–4 in) long. Immature pod color is green, mature color is bright red or purple. Some varieties of birdseye measure up to 175,000 Scoville heat units.

5. Habanero (Capsicum chinense)

This is yet another intensely spicy chilli. Habanero originated in Cuba and is grown in different parts of Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica Belize and Panama. This chilli is consumed in large quantity in Latin American society in the form of puree or salsa. It's aromatic nature made it very popular and its use is not limited to select dishes. The habanero's heat, its fruity, citrus-like flavor, and its floral aroma have made it a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spicy foods.

Unripe habaneros are green, and they color as they mature. Common colors are orange and red, but white, brown, yellow, green, and purple are also seen. Typically, a ripe habanero chili is 2–6 cm (0.8–2.4 in) long. Habanero chilis are very hot, rated 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale.

24 Jul 2016

Mango Ginger

Amba Haldi has a distinct flavor, very pleasing though delicate Amba Haldi is pleasantly mild and does not have a sharp bite. has the smell and taste of a raw mango. I must say its a terrific combo of flavors Its flesh is a lighter color than common turmeric.

22 Jul 2016

Taro Leaves

Taro leaves are heart-shaped, bright to deep green and they can span over a foot in diameter. The underside of the leaves have veins that branch out from the stem. Although taro is cultivated primarily for its roots, the leaves are wholly edible and have a tender-firm and succulent texture. The flavor is subtle, offering a pleasant nuttiness with an iron finish that is comparable to the flavor of spinach.

Nutritional Value

Taro leaves offer a substantial amount of Vitamin A and C and they are are better source of protein than the plant's roots. The leaves, raw, are toxic however, and must be cooked or soaked for several hours before safely consuming.

22 Jul 2016

Palak (Indian Spinach)

Spinach is known under various common names, including vine spinach, red vine spinachclimbing spinachcreeping spinachbuffalo spinach, Malabar spinach and Ceylon spinach

Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable that is  rich in source of minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. All of these together make spinach very beneficial for a number of vital processes. Due to the vast range of benefits from this vegetable, it is advisable to consume spinach on a regular basis. At least, two varieties of spinach are cultivated for their edible leaves; Savoy type with dark-green crinkle (wrinkled) leaves and flat-leaf type with smooth surfaced leaves.

The health benefits of spinach include improved eyesight, healthy blood pressure, stronger muscles, the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, neurological benefits, bone mineralization, anti-ulcerative and anti-cancerous benefits, skin protection, healthy fetal development, and boosted growth for infants.

While spinach is commonly used in salads, soups, and quiches in the US, in India, spinach is used in curries, soups, breads, appetizers, and raitas. Spinach can be a nutritious addition to your fruit and vegetable smoothies.

22 Jul 2016

Mustard Green

Mustard greens are the leaves of the mustard plant, Brassica juncea. Mustard greens come in a host of varieties that each has distinct characteristics. Adding these brilliant leaves to your food preparations will certainly enhance the beauty of any meal. Most mustard greens are actually emerald green in color, while some are not green at all but rather shades of dark red or deep purple. The leaves of mustard greens can have either a crumpled or flat texture and may have either toothed, scalloped, frilled, or lacey edges.

Nutritional Benefits

  • High Levels of Antioxidants.
  • Detoxifies Your Liver and Blood.
  • Helps Lower Cholesterol.
  • Packed with Phytonutrients.
  • High in Fiber.
  • High in Bone-Building Vitamin K.
  • Good Source of Immune-Boosting Vitamin C.
  • Provides Skin & Eye Health Protection.
  • Reduces Symptoms of Arthritis
  • Prevents Urinary Stones
  • Fights Cancer
  • Prevents Acne

Nutritional Profile

Mustard greens are an excellent source of many vitamins including vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, and vitamin E. They are also an excellent source of the minerals copper, manganese and calcium. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B6, protein, vitamin B2, and iron as well as a good source of potassium, vitamin B1, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate.

22 Jul 2016


Fenugreek is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Fenugreek is widely known for its culinary properties and also as traditional remedy for a number of conditions. It has been used traditionally in India, China, Middle East for thousands of years to treat many ailments and conditions. 


The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammations, wounds and insomnia. It is beneficial post pregnancy in lactation and helps in improving digestion, as well as in various hair care applications. It is also shown to reduce cholesterol levels and protect heart health, while simultaneously boosting the immune system and protecting you against flu and various infections.


Fenugreek contains a wide variety of beneficial nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper, as well as vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains a number of powerful phytonutrients, including choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin and neotigogens.

Per 100 g, fenugreek leaves provide 49 calories and contain 89% water, 6% carbohydrates, 4% protein and less than 1% fat, with calcium at 40% of the Daily Value (DV, table).

Fenugreek seeds (per 100 g) are rich sources of protein (46% of DV), dietary fiber (98% DV), B vitamins, iron (186% DV) and several other dietary minerals.

22 Jul 2016

Yard Long Bean


Long beans are a type of green vegetable, available throughout the year. It is 12 - 30 inches long, 

Health Benefits

  • Long Bean is considered as an energy food.
  • Long beans is a low calorie vegetable and hence can be consumed by those on weight loss.
  • It has good amounts of Vitamin A as well as fair amounts of Vitamin C.
  • Being a green vegetable, it is rich in phyto chemicals and anti oxidants, thus plays an important role in fighting cancer and delays aging.
  • They offer cardiovascular protection and help lower blood pressure.
  • They have anti inflammatory effects and relive inflammation in arthritis and asthma.
21 Jul 2016



Lablab s is grown as a pulse crop (crop harvested for dry seed), it is also consumed as a green vegetable (green bean, pod, leaf).

The seeds contain large amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but contain tannin and trypsin inhibitors so must be soaked or cooked before human consumption.

Health benefits

Lablab beans are a perfect source of balanced protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and the vitamins of B and C group.

Being rich in natural antioxidants, lablab reduces the risks of heart deceases and cancer.

Eating lablab beans also helps to get rid of some digestion problems such as flatulence, colic, nausea and diarrhea.

Regular consumption of lablab beans is helpful for lowering the level of blood sugar and cholesterol.

Recent research of American scientists revealed that the beans reduce appetite and may be used for treatment of obesity.