Almond

Prunus amygdalus or Prunus dulcis Wild almonds contain toxic levels of cyanide, which are accompanied by a bitter taste. Yet early almond growers isolated non-toxic strains and began cultivating them sometime between 2000 and 3000 BCE. The word almond comes from the French allemande, itself derived from the Greek amygdala which gives us the species name of the […]

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Anise

Anise, Pimpinella anisum has a strong licorice flavor and is tasty in teas and cakes. It is soothing to the nervous system and contains plant estrogens. The male energy of Anise is aligned with the planet Jupiter and Mercury and the Air element. See also star anise Use anise in preparations for purification, blessing and increasing […]

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Anchovies

The anchovy is an oily saltwater fish abundant in the Mediterranean area where they are heavily utilized in the local cuisine. They are also found in African, Asian and Indian seas and cuisines. Anchovies have been harvested and preserved in salt or oil or dried for centuries and were an important trading commodity in ancient […]

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Amaretto

Amaretto is an Italian liquor flavored with almonds and/or apricot pits. Liquor contains the distilled spirit or essence of whatever it is made from. Amaretto is often used as an ingredient in desserts such as marzipan and tiramisu and is also delicious over ice cream and in chocolate concoctions. It is also delicious in a variety of mixed drinks. Correspondences Element(s): Spirit, Air […]

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Amaranth

The amaranth plant produces a very attractive flower head whose tiny seeds can be eaten as grain and whose leaves may be eaten as greens. Amaranth was and is an important grain in the Aztec and Incan cultures. Its common name comes from the Greek for “unfading” in reference to its longstanding blooms which represent […]

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Allspice

Allspice berries grow on a tree native to the West Indies. They smell like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and may be used used as a substitute for any of these herbs. Allspice has been used to make fragrances for men. The Mayan people used allspice as an embalming herb. Allspice berries are gathered green and dried […]

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