Parsley

Parsley is popularly used as a garnish all over Europe. Derived from the Greek word petroselinon, meaning rock celery, it is an important component of bouquet garni and fines herbes in French cooking. It is also used by Europeans as an after-dinner breath cleanser. Throughout the centuries, parsley was not always appreciated as a culinary ingredient. At one time, it was associated with ill luck by the English and the Greeks. But later, the Greeks and Romans associated it with speed and...

Physical Description of Chile Pepper Varieties

Cayenne Red, orange, green 3-10 long, 1 wide, narrow and elongated, sometimes curved, ending in a sharp point hot to very hot. New Mexican Green to red, smooth, elongated, 6-12 long mild to hot. Jalapeno Medium size (2-3 long), bright green, red, or purple with tapered to blunt ends, and conical and cylindrical in shape slightly hot to very hot. (Red, ripe jalapeno is sweeter than the immature green.) Chipotle Wrinkled dark brown skin with a smoky, sweet chocolaty flavor. Serrano Dark green to...

Mustard

Mustard seed was a symbol of fertility for the ancient Indians and has been used by Greeks, Chinese, Indians, and Africans since ancient times. Mustard paste making was introduced to central and northern Europe by the Romans. The Romans ground mustard seeds, which were called sinapis, with grape must to make the first table mustard, which they called mustum ardens meaning burning or hot must. Eventually, mustum ardens became mustard, and before long, the seed took this name as well. The...