Spirit Food Orange

Spirit Food – Orange

ORIGIN Have you ever wondered which came first? The fruit or the colour? The colour was named after the fruit. The earliest recorded use of the word orange was used in the 1300s from the Old French orenge, adapted from the Arabic nāranj, from the Persian nārang, from the Sanskrit nāranga which translates to…

spirit food mushroom

Spirit Food – Mushroom

ORIGIN Although mushrooms are often considered a vegetable, they are actually fungi that grow above the ground. They were most likely cultivated for the first time around 600AD in Asia. Archaeological evidence does show that many cultures around the world used mushrooms for ritualistic and…

Spirit Food – Cabbage

ORIGIN In the East, cabbage was used since the 4,000 BC and was cultivated in North China. The Greeks called cabbage “krambe” while the Romans called it “brassica”. Legends say that Diogenes ate nothing but cabbage and drank nothing but water. Cabbage became common in…

spirit food ginger

Spirit Food – Ginger

ORIGIN Ginger originated from the southern parts of ancient China. It gained popularity through India and the Middle East. In the 1st century, it made its way to Europe when the ancient Romans traded with India. It has a very rich history. The Indians and…

Spirit Food Cacao

Spirit Food – Cacao

  ORIGIN Cacao dates back to at least 3000 years to the time of the Olmec civilisation that lived in now south-central Mexico. The Mayans followed the Olmecs, who focused their lives around this special plant. They used cacao in ceremonies and used it as a…

Spirit Food Raspberry

Spirit Food – Raspberry

ORIGIN The scientific name for red raspberries, Rubus idaeus, means literally “bramble bush of Ida”, named both for the nursemaid of the Greek God Zeus and the mountain where they grew on the island of Crete. It is said to have originated on the thick bushes…

Spirit Food – Melon

ORIGIN The other names of this fruit include musk melon, rockmelon, sweet melon. It originates from in Africa, Iran, and India and is grown all over North America and Europe today. It is said that Columbus introduced the cantaloupe to the Americas.  Cantaloupe seeds were…
SPIRIT FOOD BEETROOT

Spirit Food – Beetroot

ORIGIN It’s said that beetroot date all the way back to the 3rd millennium BC. The leaves of the beet have been consumed by humans prior to written records, the root was used medicinally to treat illnesses and diseases. Written records show beets being used…

Spirit Food – Amaranth

ORIGIN Amaranth is a native crop to Peru. These grains were once considered a staple food in the Inca, Maya and Aztec civilisations. It is not actually a grain, however, it is classified as a pseudocereal. The name for amaranth comes from the Greek amarantos,…
Spirit Food Coconut

Spirit Food – Coconut

ORIGIN The coconut tree cannot be fully traced to a specific origin. Coconut fossils have been found dating back over 50 million years. Today they are grown over 89 tropical countries and 12 million hectares around the world.  The coconut in Sanskrit is "Sriphala" translating…
Spirit Food Papaya

Spirit Food – Papaya

PAPAYA ORIGIN The exact origin of the papaya is unknown. It is believed to be native to Central America. When Christopher Columbus first discovered America he called the papaya "the fruit of the angels." Almost 150 years ago, scientists found the white milk produced by…

Spirit Food – Lentil

THE LENTIL ORIGIN Lentils have been farmed for over 10,000 years making them one of the oldest food sources in the world! Wild red lentils were first harvested as early as 9,000 BC. They originated in the Middle East and Central Asia. Archaeologist found huge…
spirit food grape

Spirit Food – Grape

THE GRAPE ORIGIN The earliest use of the grapevine was found in Sumeria. The most famous story we know today that includes the grape is going back over 2,000 years ago. Jesus turned the water into wine in the story of the Passion. The grapevine…

Spirit Food – Artichoke

ARTICHOKE ORIGIN The artichoke originates from the Mediterranean. It dates back to Sicily around 500BC where it was an expensive speciality which made its way through Naples and Florence. By the turn of the 18th Century, it was adopted by France as a culinary privilege that…
Spirit Food Spinach

Spirit Food – Spinach

SPINACH ORIGIN Spinach can be traced back to its origins in Persia. Since here it has made its way through the Mediterranean and become a staple for most meals in India. Spinach is low in calorie and high in nutrients making it an ideal food…

Spirit Food – Almond

ALMOND   ORIGIN It is native to Syria and Palestine. It is the oldest nut tree on record and is a member of the rose family. In the Christian tradition, the almond signifies divine favour and approval, and the purity of the Virgin. As the…