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Boletus edulis (cep, penny bun bolete, King Bolete, porcino or porcini) grows naturally in the deciduous and coniferous forests of the Northern Hemisphere and is widely distributed across Europe, Asia and Northern America. The Porcino…

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The use of Vanilla reaches far beyond dairy products in the food industry. It is added to beverages, commercial baking products, also used in aromatherapy and the perfume production. At…

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The Morels (Morchella Exculenta) come in many colours including black, grey, yellow, white and can vary in size as well. Morel mushrooms are mainly recognized by its unique honeycomb-like structure.…

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Bananas (Genus: Musa) have already been cultivated in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. and are one of the world’s most popular fruits. The banana tree is not…

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The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is praised not only for their tasty juice and invigorating sweet as well as light bitterly taste, but also high content of vitamin C and Bromelain…

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Mango is an exotic fruit, whose properties and nutritional value were appreciated as early as 4,000 years ago in India. It arrived in Europe in the 16th century, but it…

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Blueberries (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) have become very popular in Europe as an easily consumable and healthy fruit. The distinctive colour of the blueberries comes from a pigment called anthocyanin which…

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The Raspberry is a small and sweet fruit which is grown for the fresh market and for commercial processing to manufacture purees, juices, jams, yoghurts, wines, smoothies, ice cream and…

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Vanilla is a spice obtained from Vanilla beans of the Orchid Vanilla planifolia (one of three major species).  What we mostly call Vanilla “bean” is rather a pod-shaped fruit and…

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Shiitake or Shii-Take mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) have been used in medicine and cooking in the Asian Cuisine for many centuries. In some parts of Japan, these mushrooms are also called…

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