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What are Oleoresins?

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What are Oleoresins?

Oleoresins are a naturally occurring combination of oil and resin that can be extracted from plants. They are a highly concentrated substance that exists in liquid form.

The extraction process begins with raw spices that are cleaned and ground, then the spices' oils are distilled using an organic solvent.
Different plants require different methods of extraction; common ways to extract are through water (steam distillation), oil, and alcohol, and each can vary in the level of concentration they produce. The content can be controlled and fine tuned through the use of various solvents and pressures. 

For final use, these products are typically dispersed in a dry neutral carrier or liquid such as vegetable oil to the desired strength. They have many applications:

  • As a coloring agent in butter, cheese, meats, snack foods, and cereals
  • In jellies, jams, and gelatin preparations
  • In poultry feed to enhance the color of eggs and poultry
  • In frozen foods, desserts, soups, fish preserved in oil, meat sauces, or any prepared food where a more vibrant color is desired
  • In the preparation of some medicines
  • In soaps, candle making, and hair lotions

Because they have the same properties as the original spice, they can replace whole or ground spices without compromising aroma, flavor, or texture.
As a result, oleoresins have a lot of advantages over whole or ground spices. Oleoresins are easy to store and transport because concentrated forms reduce space and bulk. They can be more heat stable than raw spices and have a longer shelf life due to lower moisture content.

Radiation, synthetic chemicals, and high heat destroy precious plant properties. Distinguishing various methods of extraction for each particular plant and working in small batches ensures product freshness. Our oleoresins are free from contamination and standardized so you are assured of consistent concentration and flavor.

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Asafoetida: What's The Buzz?

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Asafoetida: What's The Buzz?

Asafoetida, or hing, is a spice that can be alarming to the uninitiated - strong, brash, and potent, it's not for the weak palate. Used mostly in central Asian cuisine, western nicknames for this spice are devil's dung and stinking gum. In fact, the name Asafoetida is derived from the word "fetid" - or, "smelling extremely unpleasant".

While odorous right out of the container, asafoetida tempers beautifully when cooked. Traditionally, a small amount is sauteed with hot ghee or oil, and then the oil is used to cook curries. Asafoetida is a popular substitute for onion and garlic in Eastern buddhist cuisine, and the flavor is reminiscent of leeks.

Asafoetida is harvested gum from the Ferula plant, and is usually "cut" with flour so that it can be easily used in culinary applications. Our organic asafoetida product is cut with ground fenugreek, so it's gluten-free and anyone can enjoy it! 

 

Inquire about our organic, gluten-free asafoetida.

 

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New Products from OSI!

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New Products from OSI!

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Turmeric: What's The Buzz?

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Turmeric: What's The Buzz?

Turmeric is one of our top sellers, along with garlic and onion, for good reason. Savvy consumers appreciate pure natural food ingredients and are in touch with the potential healing properties of spices and their active components. 

Curcumin is a well known antioxidant derived from the rhizomes of the Indian spice turmeric, and is what gives this spice its vivid orange colored hue. It’s known to have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties, as well as other amazing potential health values. Both turmeric and curcumin extract have been widely studied for their capacity to kill various cancer cell lines.

Basic culinary spices are great for naturally stimulating body detoxification. This humble spice is a valuable addition to a regular healthful diet, and can be included in a variety of recipes or in combination with other spices for pennies a day. Turmeric can be used to prepare egg salads, curries, rice, onions, mayonnaise, salad dressings, lentils, soups, fish, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian dishes.

Our turmeric powder, oleoresin, and curry blends can be used with the knowledge that they’re completely gluten free, vegan, kosher, and 100% certified organic, which means they have not been irradiated so you get all the benefits nature intended.

 

Sources:
(1) Chemical in spice turmeric kickstarts cancer-killing mechanisms in human saliva
(2) Targeting Cancer Stem Cells by Curcumin and Clinical Applications.

 

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