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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cumin Chives and Basil Secret Language of Spices

Cumin Chives and Basil Secret Language of Spices
Flowers and herbs speak louder than words. There is little doubt that flowers are beautiful, stir the senses and create a mood of nostalgia or wistfulness. Your spice rack is not just jars of spices you add a dash here and there to meals, spices also speak louder than words and have a special language all their own.


Secret Language of Spices



Cumin Symbolizes Fidelity

Cumin is a spice made from the seeds of the Cuminum cyminum plant. Cumin is usually purchased in the form of whole dried seeds or as ground powder. It is a typical ingredient in many spice blends, such as curry powder. Cumin is a staple spice in many cuisines, especially African, Mexican, Indian, and Asian. Spanish and Portuguese colonists introduced cumin to the Americas. 

Cumin seeds traditionally are used to help the digestive system, and scientific research is beginning to bear out cumin's age-old reputation. Cumin is native to Egypt and has been cultivated in the Middle East, India, China and Mediterranean countries for millennia. Throughout history, cumin has played an important role as a food and medicine and has been a cultural symbol with varied attributes. 

During the Middle Ages in Europe, cumin was one of the most common spices used. Around that time, cumin added another attribute to its repertoire—it became recognized as a symbol of love and fidelity. People carried cumin in their pockets when attending wedding ceremonies, and married soldiers were sent off to war with a loaf of cumin bread baked by their wives. Cumin's use for fortifying love is also represented in certain Arabic traditions in which a paste of ground cumin, pepper and honey is thought to have aphrodisiac properties.


Sweet Basil Stands for Good Wishes


The color of basil varies from green to blue to purple, and plants can grow to from 1 to 10 feet in height, depending on the species. The distinctive scents and flavors of the many basil species and cultivars are due to the composition of essential oils found in the leaves and other parts of the plant. 

Basil is a part of religious traditions around the world, from Christianity to Hindu. Holy basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum, is particularly sacred in Hindu tradition. It is thought to be the manifestation of the goddess, Tulasi, and to have grown from her ashes.  It has been considered an aphrodisiac by some, is associated with the pagan love goddess, Erzuli, and is used in love spells. In Italy, where sweet basil is called “kiss me Nicholas,” “bacia-nicola,” it is thought to attract husbands to wives, and a pot of basil on a windowsill is meant to signal a lover. 

In folklore, if a man accepts a sprig of basil from a woman, he will fall in love with her. As is typical for its folklore, while being linked to love and attraction, basil has also conversely been associated with chastity. In Italian folklore, basil is associated with both love and death when basil sprouts from the head of Lisabetta of Messina’s slain lover.  Basil is considered a good luck charm in some folklore. It is reportedly used in exorcisms, for protection and to attract wealth Basil’s symbolism in the Victorian language of flowers also reflects its dual nature. It signifies both hatred for common basil and best wishes for sweet basil.


Chives means Usefulness

Chives are among the worlds most versatile and prolific herb plants hence the flower meaning usefulness. Chives are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs. This family also includes garlic, scallions, onions and leeks. Allium vegetables have been cultivated for centuries for their characteristic, pungent flavors and for their medicinal properties. Chives contain choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. It also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.




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