Floral scents and flavourings have been fairly popular in baked goods, and they’re being incorporated into other foods now too. Drinks such as jasmine tea, for example, have been popular for a long time, with more recent new twists embodied by the likes of lavender smoothies, hibiscus-infused tea, and cocktails containing rose and elderflower. They’ll also make your food more Instagram-worthy with their vibrant colours and hues. It’s high time to tuck into some botanical goodness, for edible fl owers can be a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – they do a lot more than just look pretty!
Bursting with health benefits thanks to their mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, mushrooms have now made their way into drinks. Mushroom tea and mushroom coffee are now in vogue. These drinks tend to use one of three types of mushrooms – reishi, chaga and cordyceps – all of which are adaptogens, known to help your body manage stress as well as boost your immune system. Now, you wouldn’t need to plop whole mushrooms into your drinks; their active components now come powdered, in teabags or packets.
Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is a creamy, nutty paste originating from Middle Eastern cuisine. It is especially beneficial for heart health, as it comes packed with monounsaturated fats and is rich in iron, calcium and magnesium. Tahini is a healthy alternative to fattening salad dressings (just as olive oil and balsamic vinegar are), and can be added to dishes such as pasta and noodles. It is also a healthier option for baking. Plus it can be enjoyed as a spread, which is a welcome relief for anyone with a nut allergy, as it is similar to peanut butter in texture and consistency.