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From A – Z, we are taking the mystery out of the Culinary World. The glossary includes ingredients, cookware, kitchenware, culinary terms, and numerous explanations. We have included substitutions and alternatives, other names from different cultures around the world, and how to use the item.

Australian Blue Mussels

Blue Mussels

Information on the Blue Mussels including buying guide, storing guide, cooking methods, substitutes and more.



The word has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and can be regarded as another word for barbecue, in that it serves as a verb…


Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Broccoli Rabe or Rapini, is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do…


Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples, although it exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit, which has many…

Chilli Powder


Capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) is an active component of chilli peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum.

Chinese Broccoli

Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)

Chinese broccoli is also known as gai lan. It has thin, pale-green coloured stems, with crisp dark blue-green leaves and small white flowers. Both the…

Clamato Juice

Clamato Juice

Clamato is a drink made of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate flavoured with spices and clam broth.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar (also known as coco sugar, coconut palm sugar, coco sap sugar or coconut blossom sugar) is a palm sugar produced from the sap…



Epazote is an herb well-known to Mexican and Caribbean cooking. The name comes from the Aztec (Nahuatl) epazotl. It is also known as pigweed or…

Index – Vegetables

There are a number of vegetables used in our recipes or referenced in our world cuisine pages. This is the sub-index for the vegetables that…

Kaffir Limes and Leaves

Kaffir Lime

The kaffir lime, also known as the makrut lime or Mauritius papeda, is a citrus fruit native to tropical Southeast Asia and southern China.