Entries by Andy Cunningham


Turmeric is a rhizome, and is a part of the ginger family. It actually resembles ginger to some extent. It is a staple in India and parts of Asia as a spice as well as medicine. Whether it is fresh or in powder form, turmeric is a bright yellow and if you get a turmeric stain […]


What is Kombu?  Kombu is an edible kelp that is very popular is East Asia. In fact, the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans all have names for the same seaweed. Most of the kombu seaweed that you find in stores is grown in Hokkaido, Japan. It is grown on ropes in the sea. I mistakenly thought […]


Dates. Those sweet, tender morsels you can eat as dessert. I can eat so many of them, and they are like candy. Dates have been eaten for thousands of years in the Middle East and the Indus Valley. The flowering tree from which dates come from is called the date palm, and it is in the […]


Agave syrup is a natural sweetener which can be found in the heavenly vegan gelatos at Green Cuisine. Do you know where agave comes from? What is Agave? Agave is a succulent plant which is native to the hot, dry parts of Mexico, Southwestern United States, and South America. Of the many species of agave plants, […]


The Sweetness That is Derived from Leaves Stevia rebaudiana, or Stevia, is a plant whose leaf contains a sweet substance that when extracted, can be 200-350 times sweeter than sugar. Thus, stevia extract is very potent, and just a relatively small amount will produce the desired sweetness. The sweet extracts of stevia, which are derived from the […]

Why Honey Is NOT Vegan

Honey: What is it?  Sure, you know what honey is. But do you really? The honey that is commercially produced is made by the honeybee. These bees store the honey that they make in their hive as a food reserve for the colony. The honey provides nutrients during times of scarcity, such as during bad […]


Hemp has been cultivated by humans since the ancient times. It is an extremely useful plant because it can be grown sustainably, and be used for textiles, food, paper, and cordage. If you would like to learn more about how hemp is grown, check this out! Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis sativa […]

Miso Soup

Miso soup is healthy, savoury, and wonderful for cool spring nights and those really cold winter nights. It is simple to make and can easily be vegan. At Green Cuisine, miso soup appears often at the soup buffet. Miso Paste is Tasty and Healthful Made from soybeans and most importantly, “koji”, miso can also contain […]

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Green Cuisine does a lot of things with yams as well as sweet potatoes. There are the lovely chilli yam bakes, and the African sweet potato and groundnut stew, for instance. Do you know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are delicious. That we know. You can bake […]

Cocoa and Cacao

Cocoa and cacao both come from the same source, which is the Theobroma cacao tree, native to South America. You can also say that this is the chocolate tree also, because the pods which this tree produces contain cacao beans. And cacao beans are where cacao, cocoa, and chocolate come from. Cacao beans are usually […]