A prune is a dried plum, typically the European variety of plum. Prunes are a delicious and nutritious way to add sweetness into a meal or dessert. Prunes and plums are high in soluble fibre that helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Pineapple is a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene.
Native to Central and South America Physalis, also known as the Cape gooseberry or Ground-cherry, the fruit is a small round berry, about the size of a marble, full of small seeds. The Physalis fruit is strongly associated with the tomato versions in look.
Chalta or elephant apple is a fruit that is said to be native to China, a fruit that is also said to possess tonic and laxative properties, and is used for abominal pains. The bark and leaves are astringent.
Cascara sagrada is Spanish for “sacred bark” and was used for centuries by Native Americans as a laxative and it may also help to relieve constipation. It is also used in some sunscreens and as a flavouring agent.
Boxwood is a plant it is an evergreen shrub or small tree that belongs to the family Buxacece. People take chemicals from the leaf to make medicine (boxwood extract). The trunk has yellowish-brown and wrinkled bark.
The twigs or branches are densely leafed and the leaves are dark green, ovate, smooth, thick and leathery.
Asparagus is considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world. This herbaceous plant along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.
Ashoka tree belongs to the family of legumes and is a part of the subfamily Caesalpiniaceae. It was originally found mainly in the central part of the Deccan plateau and in the middle part of the Western Ghats in western India.
Asafoetida has been used for abdominal tumours and as a carminative, intestinal spasmodic, abortifacient, aphrodisiac, diuretic, sedative, and stimulant.
It is used in respiratory conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough, has also been documented, and in 1918 asafoetida was used in the Spanish influenza pandemic.
Arame is a type of sea vegetable; they have a sweet, mild flavour and pack in a good supply of calcium, iodine, potassium, vitamin A and dietary fiber. During preparation, rinse thoroughly, and then soak in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.