Keres Spices Products Are Now Available at Tomato Happy Hour

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Keres Spices has teamed up with Tomato Happy Hour to make our products available to Spicewood residents. Tomato Happy Hour is the great creation of Kathleen Henderson.
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They are open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week.  Tomato Happy Hour is focused on supporting local farmers and vendors.  Tomato Happy Hour is a valuable assest to our local community and we hope you will stop by to check them out.

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The Healing Power of Spices

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Keres_Spices-Whole_Black_Pepper_-headerSpices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions.

Indian spices were known the world over since ancient times but were mostly used as ingredients or additives in food. However, recent research has unearthed several medicinal applications of spices that could give a further boost demand for several Indian spices.

The Times of India reported that a siddha drug ‘Venthamarai choornam’, a mixture of cardamom, ginger, cumin seeds, long pepper (thippili), dill(sada kuppi), licorice (adhimadhuram) and white lotus petal can bring down blood pressure. This has been observed in in a study on rats and could well gain acceptance as treatment for human ailments too.

It has reported that capsaicin, a hot chemical found in chilli peppers can be effective in treatment of arthritic pain.

The report said that adding curry powder to food could give anti-inflammatory benefits for those facing ortho ailments. The curcumin compound in curry powder and turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Way back in 1999, a US firm promoted by an Indian pharmacist Dr Mohammed Majeed had won a US patent for developing Curcumin C3 complex from turmeric which enhances the ability to prevent , as well as intervene in free radical activity. It is marketed at a standardised tuermic extract with 95% curcuminoids- curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin.

Spices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Type II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, spices can be used long- term without concern for side effects, according to foodmatters.tv.

-Vanilla: Vanillin, a component of vanilla has anti-carcinogenic properties capable of killing human cancer cells. It has been found effective in treatment of sickle cell anemia in mice. It is an aphrodisiac and systemic administration of vanilla essential oil has been found effective for patients with impotency, erectile dysfunction and frigidity. It’s an anti-depressant, sedative as well.

Nutmeg:is effective in pain relief, reducing cholesterol, improving memory, sexual desire, relieving anxiety, indigestion, even reducing wrinkles in skin.

Pepper: Piperine in Pepper stimulates taste buds and improves digestion. It has a pride of place in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.Regular use of pepper inhibits growth of human colon cancer cells, piperine compounds reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, and also found to reduce Alzheimer’s disease.

International Spices Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Keres_Spices-Cardamom_Seeds-smallNEW DELHI: Cardamom prices rose further by Rs 6.90 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06) to Rs 935 ($15.50, €11.46, £9.06) per kg in futures trade today as speculators created fresh positions, supported by rising demand in the spot markets.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, cardamom for delivery in August rose Rs 6.90 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06), or 0.74 per cent, to Rs 935 ($15.50, €11.46, £9.06) per kg in business turnover of 228 lots.

Similarly, the spice for delivery in September traded higher by Rs 5.60 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06), or 0.61 per cent, to Rs 913 ($15.13, €11.18, £8.85) per kg in 39 lots.

Market analysts said fresh positions created by speculators following pick up in demand in the spot markets against restricted arrivals from producing regions mainly led to the rise in cardamom prices at futures trade.

 

International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom prices today fell by Rs 10 ($0.18, €0.14, £0.12) to Rs 1,289.30 ($23.17, €18.64, £15.10) per kg, as speculators booked profits at prevailing levels amid subdued spot demand.

Adequate stocks availability in the physical market also put pressure on the cardamom prices.  However, strong export demand restricted the losses.

At the MCX, cardamom for delivery in July declined by Rs 10 ($0.18, €0.14, £0.12), or 0.76%, to Rs 1,289.30 ($23.17, €18.64, £15.10) per kg in business turnover of 112 lots.

The June contract shed Rs 9.60 ($0.17, €0.14, £0.11), or 0.71%, to Rs 1,332 ($23.94, €19.26, £15.60) per kg, with a trading volume of 430 lots.

Market analysts said besides profit-booking by speculators at prevailing higher levels, subdued demand in the spot market against adequate stocks position mainly kept pressure on cardamom futures prices.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom futures prices today surged 3% to Rs 1,157.10 ($22.04, €16.66, £13.59) per kg as speculators enlarged their positions, driven by a firming trend at spot market on strong demand.

Also, restricted arrivals in the spot markets from producing regions further fueled the upside in cardamom prices.

At the MCX cardamom for delivery in May month spurted by Rs 33.70, ($0.64, €0.49, £0.40) or 3% to Rs 1,157.10 ($22.04, €16.66, £13.59) per kg in business turnover of 156 lots.

In a similar fashion, the June contract shot up by 34.30, or 3% to Rs 1,177.50 ($22.43, €16.96, £13.83) per kg in 66 lots.

Traders said apart from firming trend at spot market on the back of strong demand in the spot market due to marriage season, restricted arrivals from Southern producing region mainly pushed up cardamom prices at futures trade.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom prices fell by Rs 20.50 ($0.40, €0.30, £0.25) to Rs 1,303 ($25.31, €19.28, £15.87) per kg in futures trade today as speculators booked profits at existing price levels, driven by weak trend in the spot market on sluggish demand.

Ample stocks following increased arrivals from the key producing regions further fuelled the downtrend in cardamom futures.

At the MCX, cardamom for delivery in June fell by Rs 20.50 ($0.40, €0.30, £0.25), or 1.55 per cent, to Rs 1,303 ($25.31, €19.28, £15.87) per kg in business turnover of 202 lots.

The May contract declined by Rs 19 ($0.37, €0.28, £0.23), or 1.54 per cent, to Rs 1,217.50 ($23.65, €18.01, £14.93) per kg in 1,124 lots.

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Indian Spice Exports Rise 0.9% in April-January – Special Report

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Spice exports increased 0.94 per cent in the April-January period of the current financial year. A total of 436,175 tonnes, valued at Rs 7,849 crore ($1,545,693,366, €1,158,951,611, £972,360,145) were shipped in the first ten months of FY12, as compared to 432,115 tonnes valued at Rs 5,354 crore  ($1,054,356,259, €790,549,997 £663,271,272) in the same period of the previous financial year. The rise was 47 per cent in rupee terms and 40 per cent in dollar terms.

Spice exports from India have already achieved 121 per cent of the target set for 2011-12 in terms of value and 87 per cent in terms of quantity.

India exports pepper, cardamom (small and large), ginger, turmeric, cumin, celery, fenugreek, nutmeg, mace, tamarind, asafoetida and value-added products like curry powder and paste. All these registered an increase in both, volume and value, in the current financial year.

A total of 22,300 tonnes of pepper valued at Rs 721 crore  ($141,985,592, €106,459,945, £89,319,870) were exported, as against 14,950 tonnes valued at Rs 296.56 crore  ($58,401,175, €43,788,850 £36,738,836) in the April-January period. There was also an increase in the unit value from Rs 198  ($3.90, €2.92, £2.45) a kg in April-January 2011 to Rs 323  ($6.36, €4.77, £4.00) a kg now, according to the Spices Board data . There was also a considerable change in cardamom (small) exports, which hit an all-time high of 3,900 tonnes, worth Rs 308 crore ($60,654,039, €45,478,034, £38,156,061). In case of large cardamom, there was a 10 per cent increase in quantity and 52 per cent in value. The unit value has increased from Rs 538  ($10.59, €7.94, £6.66) a kg to Rs 743  ($14.63, €10.97, £9.20) a kg.

A total of 710 tonnes of large cardamom valued at Rs 53 crore ($10,437,221, €7,825,765, £6,565,815) were shipped, as against 645 tonnes at Rs 35 crore ($6,892,504 €5,167,958, £4,335,916) last year. Turmeric exports increased both in value and volume terms. A total of 67,000 tonnes valued at Rs 644 crore ($126,822,082, €95,090,436 £78,780,855) were exported, rising 69 per cent in quantity terms and 14 per cent in value terms.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Amid profit-booking by speculators at prevailing levels, cardamom prices fell by 1.71% to Rs 1,144 ($22.53, €16.89, £14.17) per kg in futures trade today. Adequate stocks availability in the physical market also put pressure on cardamom prices.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, the April contract fell by Rs 19.40 ($0.38, €0.28, £0.24), or 1.71% to Rs 1,144 ($22.53, €16.89, £14.17) per kg in business turnover of 1,475 lots.

The May contract lost Rs 20.60 ($0.41, €0.30, £0.26), or 1.60%, to Rs 1,267.70 ($24.96, €18.72, £15.70) per kg in 616 lots.

Market analysts said profit-booking by speculators at prevailing higher levels amid sluggish demand in the spot market mainly led to fall in cardamom prices at futures trade.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom futures rose by 2.72% in futures trade today as speculators indulged in enlarging their positions following reports of adverse weather conditions in major growing regions, and strong domestic and export demand.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, the May cardamom surged by Rs 29.90 ($0.60, €0.46, £0.38), or 2.72%, to Rs 1,128.50 ($22.58, €17.21, £14.44) per kg, with a business turnover of 357 lots.

The April delivery rose by Rs 24.40 ($0.49, €0.37, £0.31), or 2.32%, to Rs 1,073.80 ($21.48, €16.38, £13.74) per kg, with a trading volume of 2,063 lots.  The March spice in March rose by Rs 9.20 ($0.18, €0.14, £0.12), or 0.98%, to Rs 946 ($18.93, €14.43, £12.11) per kg, with a trading volume of 477 lots.

Traders said besides reports of adverse weather conditions in major growing centres affecting the crop, strong domestic and export demand also supported the upside in cardamom prices at futures trade.

Meanwhile, the Forward Markets Commission’s (FMC) decision to levy 10% special cash margin on the commodity to check volatility in its market capped the gains.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom prices lost Rs 3.60 ($0.07, €0.05, £0.05) to Rs 1,059.20 ($21.02, €15.98, £13.31) per kg in futures trade today as speculators booked profits at prevailing higher levels, driven by subdued spot market demand.

Adequate stocks availability in the physical market also put pressure on cardamom prices.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, May cardamom declined by Rs 3.60 ($0.07, €0.05, £0.05), or 0.34%, to Rs 1,059.20 ($21.02, €15.98, £13.31) per kg, with a business turnover of 35 lots.

The April delivery shed Rs 3 ($0.06, €0.05, £0.04), or 0.30%, to Rs 1,012 ($20.09, €15.27, £12.71) per kg, with an open interest of 246 lots.

Market analysts said profit booking by speculators at prevailing higher levels and subdued demand in the spot market against adequate stocks position mainly kept pressure on the cardamom prices at futures trade.

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