Hidden and Underutilized Horticulture Crops from Northeast India

Hidden and Underutilized Horticulture Crops from Northeast India

Meghalaya Treasures
Given that the Northeast holds about 33% of India’s flora, it is no wonder that the people here have relied on nature to provide for all of their needs. Horticulture crops are by definition, cultivated plants that are directly used by man for food, medicinal and aesthetic purposes.
Hidden and Underutilized Horticulture Crops from Northeast India

Hidden and Underutilized Horticulture Crops from Northeast India

Meghalaya Treasures
Given that the Northeast holds about 33% of India’s flora, it is no wonder that the people here have relied on nature to provide for all of their needs. Horticulture crops are by definition, cultivated plants that are directly used by man for food, medicinal and aesthetic purposes.
Pulao using khasi red rice

Pulao Recipe With A Twist Using Khasi Red Rice

You might have noticed brown patches in the rice shown above, what are these colored patches? When rice is unmilled or processed using the traditio...
Traditional Remedy for Excellent Oral Health: Potentilla Fulgens

Traditional Remedy for Excellent Oral Health: Potentilla Fulgens

Meghalaya Treasures
Want to learn about a beneficial plant with a complex name, Potentilla Fulgens, from Meghalaya, a state in the Northeast of India? Want to know whe...
Benefits of turmeric on the body

Benefits of Turmeric: The Miracle Spice for a Healthy You

Health Benefits
Benefits of Turmeric Has a Long History In a study conducted in 2013, it was found that turmeric is just as effective as well as a safer alternativ...
Quinoa: Face To Face With A 4,000 Year Old Superfood

Quinoa: Face To Face With A 4,000 Year Old Superfood

Plant Hunters
The reward for braving out on the hills of Meghalaya is discovery. Discovery that is profitable, not just for Zizira's explorers, but for the farmers and for all who are looking for a great way to get back to healthy, non-synthetic lives.
Cinnamon from Meghalaya

Get Your Facts Right on Cinnamon Vs Cassia

Meghalaya Spices
There has been a lot of debate on the two cinnamon varieties, cinnamon and cassia, which has even led to terming one or the other as real and fake ...
Exploring the Potential of Hydrosol

Exploring the Potential of Hydrosol

Health Benefits
As its name suggests – it is water based and is collected during the process of steam and hydro-distillation. Zizira explorers have been experimenting with extracting essential oils through a mini hydro distillation unit that Zizira owns
Best Arabica Found in the Hills of Meghalaya | Zizira

Coffee as Good as the Best Arabica Found in the Hills of Meghalaya

Meghalaya Treasures
A state not known for its coffee is now bringing to the world some of the best brews that man has tasted and Zizira is hot on its heels. Meghalaya,...
Black pepper plant leaves

Black Pepper Farming: Black pepper production in India

Meghalaya Spices
Globally, 2019 saw black pepper production at 558,000 MT. Currently, Vietnam is the leading producer of black and white pepper with 298,000 MT of p...
Top 5 Essential Oils of India | Zizira

Top 5 Essential Oils of India

Aromatic Plants
Essential oils of India, is an area of interest for Zizira. What we learnt while exploring this area is what we are presenting here, which includes information on top 5 essential oils produced in India.
Discovering The High Value Spices Grown In Meghalaya

Discovering The High Value Spices Grown In Meghalaya

Meghalaya Spices
The Spice Market Share in India Market trends for spices in Meghalaya (2015) A look at the last few years gives a strong indication that the mark...
Benefits of Black Sticky Rice | Zizira

5 Health Benefits of Black Sticky Rice

Health Benefits
As you would have imagined, black sticky rice is a dark colored rice that changes to a mellow purple once cooked. The first glance at it shouts out...
12 Easy to Find Medicinal Plants of Meghalaya

12 Easy to Find Medicinal Plants of Meghalaya

Meghalaya Spices
Looking back at my childhood, one of my earliest recollections of a very popular medicine was Anacin. Any time anyone in the family or within earsh...