Craft beer and the rediscovery of craftsmanship

Craft beer

I admit it, I love beer. In fact I love beer more now than I ever did, for one simple reason – beer is much better now. The variety is greater, the flavours are better and there is much more scope for savouring. This is thanks to the rediscovery of craft beer. There are many complementary benefits to the rediscovery of … Read more

The benefits of the modest lemon

Throughout history people have used taken advantage of the benefits of the modest lemon. People have used lemons not just as a flavourful food ingredient but also for its health and other practical benefits. The following (incomplete) list of benefits will hopefully motivate everyone to plant a lemon tree now. Culinary benefits of lemons Lemons … Read more

The benefits of honeybees

Honeybees are of huge economic importance, vital for the pollination of many fruit, vegetable and seed crops. Also a wide variety of important products are made from the honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and propolis that bees produce. Pollination Honeybees are one of the most important pollinators for both wild and domestic plants. They visit … Read more

The net energy of food

Food provides people with energy, but it also takes energy to cultivate, gather, process and prepare food. The difference between the energy consumed as food and the energy used to produce it is the net energy of food production. Most food in modern economies has negative net energy, meaning most food takes more energy to produce than … Read more

The Humble Onion

There is nothing more humble than an onion. They are cheap, plentiful and easy to grow yourself. Onions are a staple ingredient in the cuisine of many cultures worldwide. These savoury root bulbs are one of the most versatile vegetables and can be consumed raw or cooked, imparting a delicious flavour to many different styles … Read more