If you've been keeping up with me for a while, you know I love bringing in "new" products, which are usually new for our store, but actually have rich roots in Indian tradition. One of our newest products that fits this description is
dried bitter melon
, which is regularly enjoyed by people in India, China, Thailand, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries. I personally LOVE bitter melon. True to it's name, it is extremely bitter, but it is easily balanced with sweet, spicy, and savory flavors.
We are also working on bringing you some organic traditional Indian mouth fresheners! I usually mix my own and carry them around with me, and if you've visited an Indian restaurant, you may have seen a bowl of seeds at the front. These bowls of seeds usually hold fennel or a mix of fennel and cardamom seeds. In the Indian medicinal system (Ayurveda), these seeds are chewed after a meal for both digestion and to freshen the breath.