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 Spice Commodities Update – Chilli

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Chilli futures fell in NCDEX on higher stocks from the producing regions along with higher production estimates.

In NCDEX chilli May contract is trading at Rs.4868 ($90.36, €69.77 £56.16) per quintal, down by 1.09% today against the previous close. Open interest of the contract is 11270 lots and volume traded is 1425 lots for the time being.

Guntur has closed for a month-long summer break. The spot market will re-open only on 4th June 2012. According to sources, chilli stocks at cold storages in Guntur are at a record high of 10 million bags.

India’s chilli crop this year is expected to be in the range of 1.2 – 1.3 million tonnes, higher compared to last year.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Chilli

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Chilli prices fell by Rs 228 ($4.46, €3.41, £2.81) to Rs 5,520 ($107.87, €82.54, £68.03) per quintal in futures trade today on profit booking by traders on the back of poor demand from the domestic markets amid higher arrivals of fresh crop.

At the National Commodity and Derivative Exchange, the June contract fell by Rs 228 ($4.46, €3.41, £2.81), or 3.97%, to Rs 5,520 ($107.87, €82.54, £68.03) per quintal, with an open interest of 4,965 lots.

The April contract declined by Rs 208 ($4.06, €3.11, £2.56), or 3.87%, to Rs 5,168 ($100.99, €77.28, £63.69) per quintal, with an open interest of 6,415 lots.

Market experts said besides profit-booking, fall in demand in the spot market led to a decline in chilli prices at the futures market.

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International Spice Commodities Update – Chilli

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Despite higher arrivals, firm demand from stockists and exporters for the new crop supported chilli prices. The 334-variety chilli in Guntur fetched Rs.5000 ($101.86, €75.71, £64.20) per 100 kg. Chilli arrivals in Guntur were around one hundred thousand bags (1 bag = 45 kg), up from near 80,000 bags on previous trading day.  However, increase in daily arrivals amidst good output estimates may cap sharp gain in chilli prices.

Chilli acreage in Andhra Pradesh, the largest producer of the spice in the country, was at 51,923 hectares, up by 19.1 percent compared to same period last year,  according to latest data by the  state agriculture department.

Price outlook for the day is mixed. We expect NCDEX March contract to test the support of Rs.5200 ($105.94, €78.74, £66.76) with resistance being Rs.5500 ($112.05, €83.28, £70.62) per quintal (per 100kg)

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International Spice Commodities Update – Chilli

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Chilli prices moved up by 2.03% to Rs 5,338 ($108.61, €81.66, £69.09) per quintal in futures trading today as speculators created fresh positions driven by pick-up in spot market demand.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, the March contract rose by Rs 106 ($2.16, €1.62, £1.37), or 2.03%, to Rs 5,338 ($108.61, €81.66, £69.09) per quintal, with an open interest of 3,730 lots.

The April contract rose by Rs 108 ($2.20, €1.65, £1.40) , or 2.02%, to Rs 5,466 ($111.21, €83.62, £70.75) per quintal, with an open interest of 1,330 lots.

Market analysts said fresh buying by speculators on the back of a rise in spot demand mainly pushed up chilli prices at futures trade.

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