Iberianspices

Iberianspices Stock over 100 Herbs & Spices and now Organic Spices.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Going Mail order

Hi

Please be patient while i am preparing to go into Mail Order it is such a big job so normal service will be along soon.

Thanks

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Turmeric the new wonder food

The story below is from the BBC website.

Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley.
Turmeric is a spice which in its raw form looks a bit like ginger root, but when it's ground down you get a distinctive yellowy orange powder that's very popular in South Asian cuisine. Until recently the place you would most likely encounter turmeric would be in chicken tikka masala, one of Britain's most popular dishes.
These days, thanks to claims that it can improve everything from allergies to depression, it's become incredibly trendy, not just cooked and sprinkled on food but added to drinks like tea. Turmeric latte anyone?
Now I'm usually very cynical about such claims, but in the case of turmeric I thought there could be something to it. There are at least 200 different compounds in turmeric, but there's one that scientists are particularly interested in. It gives this spice its colour. It's called curcumin.
Thousands of scientific papers have been published looking at turmeric and curcumin in the laboratory - some with promising results. But they've mainly been done in mice, using unrealistically high doses. There have been few experiments done in the real world, on humans.

Find out more about the experiment

This is exactly the sort of situation where we on Trust Me like to make a difference. So we tracked down leading researchers from across the country and with their help recruited nearly 100 volunteers from the North East to do a novel experiment. Few of our volunteers ate foods containing turmeric on a regular basis.
Then we divided them into three groups.
We asked one group to consume a teaspoon of turmeric every day for six weeks, ideally mixed in with their food. Another group were asked to swallow a supplement containing the same amount of turmeric, and a third group were given a placebo, or dummy pill.
The volunteers who were asked to consume a teaspoon of turmeric a day were ingenious about what they added it to, mixing it with warm milk or adding it to yoghurt. Not everyone was enthusiastic about the taste, with comments ranging from "awful" to "very strong and lingering".
But what effect was eating turmeric having on them? We decided to try and find out using a novel test developed at University College, London, by Prof Martin Widschwendter and his team.


Prof Widschwendter is not particularly interested in turmeric but he is interested in how cancers start. His team have been comparing tissue samples taken from women with breast cancer and from women without it and they've found a change that happens to the DNA of cells well before they become cancerous.
The change is in the "packaging" of the genes. It's called DNA methylation. It's a bit like a dimmer switch that can turn the activity of the gene up or down.
The exciting thing is that if it is detected in time this change can, potentially, be reversed, before the cell turns cancerous. DNA methylation may explain why, for instance, your risk of developing lung cancer drops dramatically once you give up smoking. It could be that the unhealthy methylation of genes, caused by tobacco smoke, stops or reverses once you quit.
So we asked Prof Widschwendter whether testing the DNA methylation patterns of our volunteers' blood cells at the start and end of the experiment would reveal any change in their risk of cancer and other diseases, like allergies. It was something that had not been done before.


  • Perennial herbaceous plant native to South Asia
  • Spice is gathered from the plants rhizomes (roots)
  • As well as being used in Indian food, turmeric is used in traditional medicine and as a dyeing agent
Turmeric recipes from BBC Food

Fortunately he was very enthusiastic. "We were delighted," he said, "to be involved in this study, because it is a proof of principle study that opens entirely new windows of opportunity to really look into how we can predict preventive measures, particularly for cancer."
So what, if anything, happened?
When I asked him that, he pulled out his laptop and slowly began to speak.
"We didn't find any changes in the group taking the placebo," he told me. That was not surprising.
"The supplement group also didn't also show any difference," he went on.
That was surprising and somewhat disappointing.
"But the group who mixed turmeric powder into their food," he continued, "there we saw quite substantial changes. It was really exciting, to be honest. We found one particular gene which showed the biggest difference. And what's interesting is that we know this particular gene is involved in three specific diseases: depression, asthma and eczema, and cancer. This is a really striking finding."


It certainly is. But why did we see changes only in those eating turmeric, not in those taking the same amount as a supplement?
Dr Kirsten Brandt, who is a senior lecturer at Newcastle University and who helped run the experiment, thinks it may have something to do with the way the turmeric was consumed.
"It could be," she told me, "that adding fat or heating it up makes the active ingredients more soluble, which would make it easier for us to absorb the turmeric. It certainly gives us something, to work on, to try to find out exactly what's happening."
She also told me, because our volunteers all tried consuming their turmeric in different ways, that we can be confident it was the turmeric that was making the difference and not some other ingredient used to make, say, chicken tikka masala.
There is a lot more research that needs to be done, including repeating the experiment to see if these findings can be confirmed. But in light of what we've discovered will I be consuming more of the stuff? Probably. It helps that I like the taste and I've already begun experimenting with things like adding it with a touch of chilli to an omelette.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Vans packed and ready to go back home

Well it's been a good trip I got to see my new Organic supplier. My usual supplier tells me most of what they supply is Organic but the growers can't or won't pay the registration fees and yearly inspections so they can't claim Organic status.

Back in stock will be to name a few

Kashmiri chilli powder
Fried chicken coating
Roghan Josh
Saffron
Jamaican style seasoning
Himalayan pink salt
Red lentils
Green lentils

For those who can't do without English food I have a limited supply of listed below
Magnets Cider
Duns river Coconut milk
Pataks Garam masala paste
Gales lemon curd
Nescafé coffee 100g
Heinz spaghetti hoops
Dried peas
Scotch broth mix

To name but a few but limited stock

Saturday, 13 August 2016

New stock on it's way

Hi i am pleased to announce i have more stock on it's way. Look to the left hand column for details of the new Spices due by the end of the month.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Organic Organic Organic

I am proud to announce that i now stock Organic Spices. All the prices are i am proud to say almost the same Price as the normal priced Spices that they replace. For a time until i have sold all the normal Spices i will be stocking both types but i will be moving to a point where normal stock will end and Organic stock will be my normal stock and without a price increase. Now if that's not a Bargain i don't know what is.

Sadly the selection of Organic Spices i can stock and sell at normal prices is not huge at best maybe 14 Spice items but normal everyday Spices like Paprika, Turmeric, mustard seeds, Fennel powder and Black Pepper to name but a few.

As Spices become available at affordable prices i will stock them so as they say " watch this Space " 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Great news the Organic Spices have arrived

As the title says the Organic Spices have arrived and they get previewed at the market Figueiro dos Vinhos Saturday the 30th July.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Exciting news

Exciting news for September i am in negotiation so to be able to supply a large proportion of my stock with Organic. So as they say watch this space.