A mouthful of suds

Coriander is aptly named after the Greek mythological figure Ariadne, meaning “most holy, who helped Theseus slay the minotaur. Or at least that’s what the English Wikipedia said. The German Wikipedia claimed that it’s named after the Greek word for bedbug, due to the similarities in smell, and that the leaves contain high levels of aldehydes, the same substance that gives soap its taste.

Coriander leaves seems to stir the passions. Chop some leaves and I’ll be nuzzling up against them (the leaves that is) like a cat on catnip. Others liken it to a mouthful of suds.

Coriander seeds are one of the world’s oldest spices, being cultivated from at least 5000 B.C. They lower blood sugar (and are traditionally used in diabetes) by promoting the production of insulin. Both the seeds and the leaves have also been found to contain dodecenal, an antibacterial compound that seems far more effective than most antibiotics in tackling salmonella, inspiring food scientists to develop a tasteless food additive to prevent foodborne illnesses based upon it.

A tasteless food additive? Why not just eat more coriander?

Orange Special
This is the last week that Envirotouch will be running their ‘orange harvest’ special on the wood finishes, with discounts on their wood finishes up to R100 on the 5 litre.

Last time I mentioned the orange special there was a rush on, not the wood finishes, but the Mould Stop. It appears the winter rains have been encouraging mouldy roofs. Black mould is particularly harmful, with the spores triggering numerous allergies and responses in the immune system. However, don’t assume that anything black on your roof is toxic – there are other harmless varieties!

Have a great week,
Ian and the Ethical team

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