By Kristie | July 23rd, 2020 Credit 2020 Creative Commons user Йоана Петрова It’s hard to mistake the distinct aroma of a good vanilla bean. The sweet, earthy scent easily pervades our senses and can even transport us to another time, like childhoods spent baking cookies with family on a cold winter morning. Whatever your connection to…

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By Kristie | July 23rd, 2020 If you’re reading this, we hope you’re as excited as we are to unleash the incredible fragrance and flavor of your fresh vanilla pods. In this blog, we’re going to go over how to extract vanilla seeds and make the most of the pods. If you don’t have any vanilla…

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By Kristen | July 17, 2020 Credit 2020 Creative Commons user Andrew Hayward Flax is a plant that is highly valued for its seeds and fiber. The seeds are edible and can be pressed into oil. The fiber from the flax plant, which is naturally smooth and straight, is used to produce textiles and paper…

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By Kristie | July 16th, 2020 A spice with as rich a flavor profile as real vanilla doesn’t just happen overnight. In fact, it takes many nights, numbering up to 1,825, since vanilla has a maturation period of up to 5 years. Even after vanilla beans are harvested, they must undergo an extensive curing process…

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By Kristen | June 10, 2020 We get lost of questions about flax seeds and chia seeds. Mostly, people wonder what’s the difference between them and why might you choose one over the other? Both Are Nutritional Powerhouses Chia seeds are round and rather neutral in taste. Flax seeds, on the other hand, are oval in…

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By Kristie | July 9, 2020 You’ve seen the labels — vanilla, vanilla bean, french vanilla. Artificially or naturally flavored. Usually, these words are used to describe ice cream or coffee, but how do we navigate this variety of seemingly identical flavors? Not all necessarily contain real vanilla, so if that’s what you’re looking for, here’s…

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By Kristie | June 19, 2020 If you have Vanilla in your cabinet, you know that it tastes and smells great. But you may be wondering — is it healthy? Although the amount we use to add flavor or fragrance is likely too little to add any significant nutritional value, we’re happy to say that…

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By Kristen | June 19, 2020 Credit unsplash 2020: Joanna Kosinska Chia Seeds are nutritional powerhouses that, given the right climate, you can grow at home! A Long Growing Season Chia plants, part of the mint family, are native to Mexico and Central America. They prefer tropical and subtropical climates, although modern crop management has…

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By Kristen | June 12, 2020 Photo credit 2020: Brenda Godinez Looking to boost your nutrition? Look no further than chia seeds. Chia seeds are considered a superfood giving the nutritional punch they pack for their (tiny!) size. Unlike many other seeds, chia seeds do not need to be ground before eating to unleash their…

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By Kristie | June 10, 2020 People who keep vanilla beans at home have immaculate taste. (Alright, we may be a little biased.) But if you’re one of them, you’re probably no stranger to the cost of quality vanilla beans — they’re a precious commodity. Every bean counts because losing even one to dryness or…

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