Herbs and spices add a lot to our food – without them tomato sauce would just be a puree, pilau would just be rice and curries would just be bland. But did you know that these plants, roots and seeds are benefitting your health as much as your dish’s flavour? Here are some commonly used herbs and spices and the medicinal benefits you can reap from using them in your recipes:
If you have visited OFM in the past month, you’re sure to have noticed some new products at the information table, like Arabica coffee beans, green tea leaves, honey, sesame oil and sunflower oil. Imported from Uganda through a local organic authority, these products are a great chance to support the organic lifestyle and sample amazing products from our East African neighbours.
Whether you’re cooking, pampering yourself or doing work around the house, chances are you could use a dab of coconut oil to get the job done easier. While research into how it can boost your health is in it’s preliminary stages, early studies suggest that this anti-oxidant rich super-food can fight obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Every weekend, around the world, people are forgoing their Saturday lie-in to wake up and explore booths of fresh, seasonal produce, high-quality livestock products and delicious ready-made food – and the farmers selling to them are waking up even earlier.
It Helps Local Farmers
Studies have shown that organic farms typically employ more people and get more out of their farmland, even potentially doubling their yield. In fact, organic farming techniques were shown to be especially effective in drought situations, as they required less water.
OFM is proud to announce the recent addition of Tanzania’s Natural Extracts Industries products, which are distributed in Kenya by Tasleem Bhanjee. Offering vanilla, orange and cacao extract, as well as cacao nibs and powder, NEI’s range is a welcome boost at OFM, giving our customers more options when it comes to cooking with all-natural ingredients.
Organic fruit is undeniably delicious, but you can’t always find exactly what you want. Whether it’s because of the season or because there are fewer organic farmers in Kenya, there are some fruits that you can’t find every trip to OFM. Of course, this means that when you do find them, it’s very tempting to buy in bulk – and, it turns out, you should!