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Symbology and Iconography

A keen observer may have noticed some interesting motifs that we've included on our label. Some are obvious, but others are rather more obscure.  The Cherub There is no specific origin for the idea nor for the symbolic form of the Cherub. They were originally conceived in the days of early civilization when mysticism served as the basis of religion and theology. This resulted in the formulation of a wide variety of mystical creatures that derive their form from combining aspects of various animals. The Cherub, Griffon, Sphinx, Minotaur, and Hippogriff are all the product of this early mystical speculation. Over the course of history, there have been numerous and conflicting ideas on the appearance of cherubs1. Some Early Hebrew writings...

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Hibiscus Sangria Recipe

This recipe is quick and delicious. The addition of the Agua de Jamaica gives the classic recipe a new spin, with notes of ginger to compliment the citrus and fruit. Ingredients 1/2 cups lemon juice1 cup orange juice3 cups Agua de Jamaica (cold)750 ml red wine1/4 cups sugar1 orange, lemon, and lime (sliced)1 cup ice (or 1 cup frozen cranberries)1/2 cups triple sec Directions In a pitcher, start by mixing lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar. Mix thoroughly, and add wine and triple sec. Mix well and add the fruit slices in the pitcher. Refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours. Add in Agua de Jamaica and ice. Stir and serve!

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Strawberries

In developing our recipe for Agua de Fresa, we dedicated several hours to researching everything we could about the strawberry fruit and its relevant history. Over the course of our research, we found quite a few things we didn’t know about strawberries. We’d like to share some of the more interesting Strawberry facts: 1) In Ancient Rome, Apuleius wrote that the entire strawberry plant was eaten to treat depressive illness 2) The strawberry likely got its name from the Anglo-Saxons, who saw how the runners strew away from the mother plant. 3) Strawberries are members of the rose family. 4) Strawberries contain vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium, and amino acids. 5)Today, 4/5 strawberries grown in the U.S....

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Food Uses of Tamarind

Overview The food uses of the tamarind are many. The tender, immature, very sour pods are cooked as seasoning with rice, fish and meats in India. The fully-grown, but still unripe fruits, called “swells” in the Bahamas, are roasted in coals until they burst and the skin is then peeled back and the sizzling pulp dipped in wood ashes and eaten. The fully ripe, fresh fruit is relished out-of-hand by children and adults, alike. The dehydrated fruits are easily recognized when picking by their comparatively light weight, hollow sound when tapped and the cracking of the shell under gentle pressure. The shell lifts readily from the pulp and the lengthwise fibers are removed by holding the stem with one hand...

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Tamarind in Traditional Medicine

Overview Medicinal uses of the tamarind are uncountable. Tamarind preparations are universally recognized as refrigerants in fevers and as laxatives and carminatives. Alone, or in combination with lime juice, honey, milk, dates, spices or camphor, the pulp is considered effective as a digestive, even for elephants, and as a remedy for biliousness and bile disorders, and as an antiscorbutic. In native practice, the pulp is applied on inflammations, is used in a gargle for sore throat and, mixed with salt, as a liniment for rheumatism. It is, further, administered to alleviate sunstroke, Datura poisoning, and alcoholic intoxication. In Southeast Asia, the fruit is prescribed to counteract the ill effects of overdoses of false chaulmoogra, Hydnocarpus anthelmintica Pierre, given in leprosy....

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