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Maca Root is native to the high Andes of Peru and is often referred to as the perfect adaptogen. It’s prized for its nutritive, estrogenic, tonic, balancing and aphrodisiac qualities. This ingredient, offered by Shining Sea Imports, may provide overall well-being for cardio, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine systems.
Ceylon Cinnamon is sometimes known as “true cinnamon,” and is the purest type of cinnamon. Most commercial cinnamon is of the Cassia variety. According to Terrasoul Superfoods, Ceylon has much more flavor and nutritional benefits since it contains higher levels of coumarin.
Marjoram is a perennial plant of the mint family, grown as a culinary herb. Its fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops are used to season many foods. It imparts a warm, aromatic, slightly sharp and bitterish flavor. Available from Henry Broch Foods, Marjoram is particularly appreciated for the taste it lends to stuffings, stews, vegetables, and salads.
Annatto is the seed or extract of the achiote tree, which is indigenous to Central and South America. The seeds and pulp have been used for hundreds of years for a variety of purposes and is used heavily in Latin America. This ingredient is offered by American Botanicals and has a flavor described as earthy, musky, and slightly peppery.
Tumeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a very strong antioxidant available from Evi International. The flavor is a little bitter, a little peppery like mustard or horseradish, with a slight ginger flavor, although it’s often used for coloring than flavor.
Ashwagandha Root is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing and has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions. It is available from Mueggenburg Farms and is most well-known for its restorative health benefits.
Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C and minerals and is offered by Tradin Organic. The hibiscus flower is often used for making a deep, red-purple tea with a sour, berry-like flavor. This tea can also be chilled, to make a refreshing beverage. The organic hibiscus can also be added to juices, smoothies and other beverages to add color, flavor and nutrients.
Pure Vanilla Bean Powder is made by grinding the whole vanilla pod. This process implemented by Terrasoul Superfoods helps to bring out the natural oils and flavor of the vanilla beans. The powder has a rich floral aroma and smooth, nuanced flavor with hints of cherry and chocolate. It can be added to baked goods, chocolates, yogurts and smoothies.
Organic Barley Grass is planted based on each grass’ optimal growing season, then harvested by RFI Ingredients at the moment of peak nutrition. The powder is gently processed to protect its naturally-occurring nutrients.