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Spotlight On Spices! Issue February 2013 - Zealous for Za'atar!
February 01, 2013
Welcome to the shortest month of the year! Thanks for being so patient; the wait is over. Now's the time to get excited about an herb, and spice blend that few people in North America have ever eaten. Let's get zealous for this month's ...
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Zealous for Za'atar!
Za’atar - Zahatar can be confusing to everyone because its name refers to both a blend of spices, as well as various individual herbs indigenous to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, and popular throughout them.
Herbs called "za’atar" (Arabic for "thyme") include Syrian Marjoram, European Oregano, Syrian Oregano, Winter Savory, Bible Hyssop, and Wild Thyme, just to name a few. All are related to each other as extended members of the thyme family. These plants tend to have pungent, strong aromatic flavors. Many have soft dark green leaves. One, "thymbra spicata" has long dark green leaves and is available as a fresh herb for just a few weeks.
In some countries/regions the herbs are protected species and cannot be harvested or exported.
In Syria, many blends are green with flecks of sesame. Some of Beirut’s blends are more lighter in color because of the inclusion of white thyme flowers. Aleppo blends lean towards the use of ground sesame seeds so their coloring is less green. Most American, and many Jordanian and Lebanese blends are reddish because they include the sumac berry.
For more about Za'atar, its health benefits, and an easy recipe for the blend >>>read more...
Let's not forget it's February --- a month for celebrating Love in our lives ...
Herb and Spice Aphrodisiacs for Your Love Life:
Some foods, herbs and spices (e.g., chocolate, basil, vanilla) can have a direct impact on your love life by affecting hormones, brain chemistry, and/or energy and stress levels. Others like Garlic and Hot Chilies can help increase blood flow to genitalia; while others are psychologically suggestive (e.g., Avocado, Almond, Banana, Fig) and just plain old good for your overall health and well-being.
So, spice up your life and have a loving, lovely Valentine’s Day!
February is the Month for:
National Sweet Potato Month
And, some of our favorite food days in the month include:
February 3 National Carrot Cake Day
February 4 National Homemade Soup Day
February 7 National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
February 9 National Bagels and Lox Day
February 10 National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
February 11 National Peppermint Patty Day
February 14 National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
February 16 National Almond Day
February 20 National Cherry Pie Day
February 21 National Sticky Bun Day
February 23 National Banana Bread Day
February 25 National Clam Chowder Day
February 26 National Chili Day
February 26 National Pistachio Day
February 27 National Chocolate Cake Day
February 27 National Strawberry Day
SPICY TIDBITSCheck here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:
MERCHANTS & RETAILERS:Websites for Spice Retailers:
Atlantic Spice Company - atlanticspice.com
Durkee® - durkee.com
McCormick® - mccormick.com
Milford Spice Company - milfordspice.com
Penzeys Spices - penzeys.com
Savory Spice Shop - savoryspiceshop.com
Spice Islands® - spiceislands.com
The Spice House - thespicehouse.com
Spice Accessories Websites:
Bottles, Containers & Jars:
Bottle Store - www.bottlestore.com
eBottles.com - www.ebottles.com
SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. - www.sks-bottle.com
Online Labels - www.onlinelabels.com
Tubular Spices - www.tubularspices.com/Spice_Racks.asp
Spice Rack Source - www.spiceracksource.com/all-spice-racks/
April May be National Florida Tomato Month, But Learn How to Grow Your Own ...
YOUR TURNTell us what you would love to see in our monthly eZine. We want to keep this publication fresh and relevant. We want to put a spotlight on the herbs and spices that are of the most interest to you.
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Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!
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