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Capers

Capers are the un- opened floral buds of Capparis spinosa or c. ineris. Originally, they are from the Mediterranean area. Capers were first mentioned on day tablets discovered in Crete in about 13 BC as a flavoring for oil. The ancient Greeks and Roman believed they help treat arthritis, gout, kidney problems, tooth aches, and warts. There are also many references to capers in the Bible. C. spinosa is a tough prickly shrub native to Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. It is covered with tiny spines. It produces tiny flowers that are either white or pink, and they will last for only one day. Capers contain capric acid, which gives the buds their slightly reminisce of

Lovage

Lovage Lovage, Levisticum officinale, is a lofty perennial plant that is European in origin. Also called the Maggi plant or sea parsley the flavor and scent of the lovage plant is similar to celery. The seeds, stems, and root bulb of the plant are all used. In folklore, the roots of the plant were used often. Lovage enjoys a moist soil, and grows similar to parsley. It is commonly found in the cuisines of Britain and South East Europe. It’s flavor is of very strong/ potent celery. Besides culinary purposes, it is a diuretic, can reduce fevers, and has the ability to treat stomach ailments. What to use Lovage in Chicken Cream cheese Fish soups Greens Haricot verts Lentils Pork Potatoes Rabbit

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