Bee Keeping In Thad Village

Bee Keeping In Thad Village

We, at Zizira, explore the hills and valleys of Meghalaya to get the best of the best from Meghalaya. This time we went on a journey to Thad village situated in Umsning of Ribhoi district in Meghalaya. It is located 12km away from sub-district headquarter Umsning and 38km away from district headquarter Nongpoh.
Bee Keeping In Thad Village

Bee Keeping In Thad Village

We, at Zizira, explore the hills and valleys of Meghalaya to get the best of the best from Meghalaya. This time we went on a journey to Thad village situated in Umsning of Ribhoi district in Meghalaya. It is located 12km away from sub-district headquarter Umsning and 38km away from district headquarter Nongpoh.
Farmer Who Grows Lemongrass in Meghalaya | Zizira

Young Entrepreneurial Farmer Who Grows Lemongrass in Meghalaya

Lemongrass is a herb of many purpose uses. Its leaves and the extracted oil are commonly used in aromatherapy (using aroma from the plant for healing and cosmetic purposes). The plant is native to tropical countries like India, China and Thailand. It flourishes in hot climate, rich and well-drained soil.
Each Trip Expands Our Network: A Visit to Lawbah Village

Each Trip Expands Our Network: A Visit to Lawbah Village

Zizira explorers regularly set out on field trips to visit villages which are off the beaten track – in remote areas - as there is a good chance of meeting farmers struggling to find a market for their produce.
Farmers Are Moving Away From Farming | Zizira

Why Farmers Are Moving Away From Farming: Meghalaya Farmer Stories

Do you ever wonder how the food you eat reached you? What hard work goes behind it? Who helps you maintain a continuous supply of food?

Yes, it's the farmers and their hard work.

We often complain about the high price of the crops or vegetables we buy. But hardly do we think about the farmers, their lives, and the conditions they live in.

Ethical methods of beekeeping in Meghalaya

Traditional Beekeepers in Meghalaya - the Ethics of Bee Keeping

You love honey. Everyone does. But do you know the way honey is processed? You may not know it but that favourite bottle of honey on your kitchen shelf may have not been processed ethically. Wait a minute, is there even something like processing honey ethically? It's natural food. The bees make it, so there can’t be any foul play, right?
#ZiziraSpotlight: Women of The Sung Valley & Traditional Art of Pottery

#ZiziraSpotlight: Women of The Sung Valley & Traditional Art of Pottery

Sung Valley – Home of Black Clay Pottery Sung Valley cradles between West Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills districts of the state of Meghalaya. I...
Farmers of Meghalaya

Meet The Farmer Folks Of Lakadong Country, Meghalaya

Perhaps you have heard of Lakadong turmeric.

And are curious to dig deep and discover everything about Lakadong?

Well, you are in the right place. At Zizira, we have partnered with real farmers, in the #LakadongCountry, a group of villages about 90kms from Shillong, that grow the best turmeric in the world.

A week ago, we decided to take a trip down to these villages, meet our farmers, and experience their daily work in Lakadong.

This blog is a diary of sorts, of our trip.

Farmer from Meghalaya

How Do Farmers Take Care Of Planting Lakadong Turmeric Seeds?

It's April and spring has arrived. It is the month of planting and farmers are busy preparing their fields to plant varieties of new crops. For Lakadong turmeric farmers the story is no different.
How to Age Gracefully – Stress busting Attitudes to Graceful Ageing

How to Age Gracefully – Stress busting Attitudes to Graceful Ageing

The fear of ageing seems to be getting everyone’s goat. People have wrong notions about ageing. You are as young as you feel you are. Attitude is what makes for graceful ageing.
Lakadong turmeric from Meghalaya farms

Growing Turmeric: Practices in the Lakadong Country

The world’s best turmeric comes from the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. In their quest for Lakadong turmeric, Zizira explorers ensconced themselves in Lakadong country with one sole purpose, to bring out the best the world can offer in turmeric. Hand in hand with their supplier the team gave their all unstintingly to realise that purpose. All that would not have been possible without the unreserved devotion of Bah Shadap, the soul behind the sourcing of pure, genuine and unmixed Lakadong turmeric with curcumin content upwards of 7.5%.
HACCP Prevents Food Safety Issue | Zizira

How HACCP Prevents Food Safety Issues

What was originally developed for NASA in the 1960s to prevent microbiological contamination of Astronauts’ food became the blueprint for the global food industry’s safe food assurance system. In 1971, food companies in the USA voluntarily adopted NASA’s system to develop techniques to guarantee safe food for the public. Thus HACCP or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point protocol eventually took shape. The system is now a recognized food safety monitoring system that food companies the world over have successfully adopted.
Bei Bina at Iewduh market

Lakadong Turmeric - The Bestselling Spice In The Market

'Bei' is an endearing term meaning Mother in the Pnar language of the Jaintias, a sub-tribe of the Khasi people of Meghalaya. Bei Bina is one of the retailers of Khasi spices in Shillong. I had an appointment with Bei through my sister Lina who knows her well. I intended to get her story out there for my friends at Zizira.
Turmeric Festival of India

OMG! The Best Turmeric Festival Ever

Last week, at Zizira, we sort of played this game. Suddenly we were associating the word Turmeric with Festival!

I soon discovered one of the most outrageous Haldi Festivals of India. It seems to have started from an auspicious ceremony for the folk deity of the Deccan Plateau named Khandoba. This deity goes by many other names. The history behind this diety's legend seems fascinating. Instead of trying to explain the history, read Dr. Prachi Moghe excellent and short article "Touch of Turmeric"