Thursday, September 3, 2009

Panamanian "Rojo" Lemons a.k.a Seville or Bitter Oranges

One of the first things that you figure out when vegetable and fruit shopping in Panama is that the lemons are orange and the oranges are yellow. After getting past the color issue and doing some experimenting, I have to say that in most ways I prefer the Panamanian Lemons or sometimes called Rojos or Limon Chino. Technically, they are Seville Oranges or sometimes called Bitter Oranges.

They are amazingly juicy, very easy to squeeze and have a nice strong lemon flavor. They do not seem to have as much acid as Persian (Yellow) Lemons. I have to admit, I am a bit of a hog with them. I simply can not wait until they are in full season. They are vital in my everyday cooking as well as in homemade sauces, especially for Orange Marmalade, which is made from this type of Orange, not ordinary eating Oranges.

We also use them for drinks.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

White Sage - Let's Clear the Air!

I assume that most people do not understand what exactly White Sage is and what it is used for. It is not a culinary herb, like regular Garden Sage. Generally, it is used dried, as Incense.

White Sage or Broadleaf Sage is considered to be a sacred plant to many American Indians and magical to others. When dried and burned in small amounts around the house or just around your current area, it is claimed to clean the air, eliminate negativity and bad vibrations, offer protection from malicious and evil spirits and maybe even complaining husbands.

I am not sure how many of these claims are true or not. I am sure, that for it to work in these magical