6 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Dried Figs

There’s nothing like the unique sweetness of figs. The delicate nature of the fresh fruit means it’s particularly difficult to export, but dried figs are equally delicious and are available all year round.

Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. They are rich in  potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K.

Dried figs have an almost jam-like quality to them that adds a burst of flavour to all kinds of dishes. They are just as versatile as raisins and dried cranberries – toss them into salads, turn them into elegant appetizers or turn them into beautiful cakes and baked treats,

Our Amphora Organic Dried Figs are wonderful ready-to-eat treats. We import only organic Turkish Aydin ­figs ripened on trees, handpicked and dried naturally, with no preservatives or colours added. The figs are then gently pasteurized and rehydrated with natural spring water, making them soft and moist.

Get a pack for yourself to snack on, or try these recipes at home.

Oatmeal, fig and walnut bars by Epicurious

Fig, almond and date smoothie by Reboot with Joe

Dried fig, goat cheese and arugula salad by California Figs

Baked brie with figs, walnuts and pistachios by The Mediterranean Dish

Pear crostata with figs and honey by Epicurious

Lemon-fig cake by Martha Stewart


5 Ways to Enjoy Chia Seeds All Day

Nutrient-dense and packing a ton of energy boosting power, chia seeds are tiny superheroes of the food world. Chia seeds are a super versatile ingredient that can be added to all kinds of dishes and beverages. Here are five different recipes to take you from breakfast to dessert, so you can get your fill of chia throughout the day.

1. Breakfast: Triple Berry Chia Detox Smoothie

Thick, creamy and naturally sweet, this delicious smoothie combines chia seeds with bananas and berries for a filling, healthy breakfast. Just one serving fulfills half of your daily fibre requirement and gives you 80% of Vitamin C you need to boost your immunity for the day.  

2. Beverage: Coconut Chia Pineapple Drink

With just three simple ingredients – coconut water, pineapple juice and chia seeds, there’s no excuse to not try this super refreshing tropical drink. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together and let the chia seeds expand for 15 minutes. Easy-peasy!

3. Snack: Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars

This recipe packs so much goodness into one convenient bar. With chia seeds, quinoa, flax seeds, almonds and rolled oats, you’d hard pressed to find a healthier snack that you can eat on the go. Bonus: It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and free of artificial ingredients and preservatives that you might find in store-bought granola bars.

4. Tea time: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with Chia 

This cake is so delicious you won’t realize how good it is for you. With lemon, chia seeds, coconut oil and yogurt, a slice of this loaf is warm, comforting and wonderful with a cup of afternoon tea. 

5. Dessert: Honey Lime Chia Fruit Salad Dressing

If you’re looking for an easy, fuss-free way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet, this is the recipe for you. Nothing could be simpler and more refreshing than this sweet and tangy dressing – perfect with your favourite fruit for a light dessert or snack


Try a Taste of Brazil!

You love your almonds, pistachios and macadamias, but have you tried Brazil nuts?

This unique nut is native to the Amazon forest and is grown in South American countries like Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Native Amazonians cherish these delicious nuts which provide them with protein, healthy fats and other important vitamins and minterals.

Here are four essential nutrients that make Brazil nuts both a healthy and tasty snack.

Brazil nuts hold exceptionally high levels of selenium. Just 100g of Brazil nuts provide more than 30 times of your recommended daily intake of selenium, which makes them the highest natural source of this mineral. Selenium can help prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis and cancers.

Healthy Fats
Brazil nuts are high in healthy unsaturated fat which, when used in lieu of saturated fat, can help to promote heart health.

Vitamin E
Brazil nuts are also a very good source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the health of your skin and protects it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

B-Complex Vitamins
Additionally, these creamy nuts are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folates. These important vitamins help convert the food you eat into cellular energy that fuels your body’s many chemical reactions. 

We recommend that you store your Brazil nuts in the refrigerator for maximum freshness and flavour.

Check out these recipes by the BBC for ideas on how to enjoy your Brazil nuts.

10 Tips to Start Your Paleo Diet


The Paleo or Caveman diet has become hugely popular in recent years, with its fans saying they have become leaner, stronger and more energetic by eating just like our caveman ancestors.

The Paleo diet consists chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, and excludes dairy or grain products and processed food. Apart from weight loss and increased energy, Paleo eaters are said to also enjoy benefits like an improved immune system, better digestion, nutrition absorption and gut health, less allergies and less inflammation.

Curious to try it out for yourself? Here are ten tips to get your started, adapted from Paleoleap.com.

  1. Your Paleo diet should be high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates. 

  2. Eat generous amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and butter. Olive, avocado and macadamia oil are also good fats to use in salads and to drizzle over food, but not for cooking.

  3. Eat good amounts of animal protein. Don’t be afraid to eat fatty cuts of meat.

  4. Eat generous amounts of fresh or frozen vegetables. Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams are also great as a source of carbohydrates.

  5. Eat low to moderate amounts of fruits and nuts. Try to eat mostly fruits low in sugar and high in antioxidants as well as nuts high in omega-3, low in omega-6 and low in total polyunsaturated fat like macadamia nuts.

  6. Preferably choose pasture-raised and grass-fed meat. If not possible, choose lean cuts of meat and supplement your fat with coconut oil or butter.

  7. Cut out all cereal grains and legumes from your diet.

  8. Cut out all vegetable, hydrogenated and partly-hydrogenated oils including margarine, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.

  9. Eliminate added sugar, soft drinks, all packaged sweets and juices.

  10. Eliminate dairy products other than butter and maybe heavy cream. 

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- Joanna Kang

Black Sesame Recipes



Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they pack a whole lot of flavour and nutrition in that little package! Sesame seeds are an excellent source of minerals, especially copper and manganese. They also contain two unique substances are sesamin and sesamolin, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. Black sesame in particular has more calcium than its white counterpart, and a higher level of antioxidants.

Black sesame is especially popular with Singaporeans in warm, comforting Chinese desserts like glutinous rice dumplings and black sesame soup. That irresistible nutty taste is delicious in all kinds of recipes, from noodles to stir-fries and even cookies and ice cream!

Get a bag of our natural black sesame seeds and try some of these recipes at home.


Vegan Black Sesame Milkshakes by Feed Me Phoebe 

Black Sesame Ice Cream by Just One Cookbook

Black Sesame Dumplings (Tang Yuan) by Rasa Malaysia

Black Sesame Soup by Dim Sum Central

Black Sesame Macarons by Fork to Belly

Sesame Cookies by Just One Cookbook

Black Sesame Bread by Bake with Paws

30 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

You may already cook with coconut oil, but did you know that it also does wonders outside the kitchen? We’ve listed 30 of our favourite ways to use coconut oil – as a beauty product, as a home remedy for all sorts of ailments, and even for babies and pregnant mothers. Can a jar of coconut oil really work magic? Try it for yourself and tell us what you think!

1. As a skin moisturizer
Instead of your usual moisturizing lotion, try a tiny dollop of coconut oil. A little goes a long way!

2. As a conditioner
Deep condition your whole scalp or just use coconut oil on the ends of your hair for shiny tresses.

3. As an ingredient for homemade soap
Coconut oil, water and lye combine beautifully to make homemade soap!  

4. As a lip balm
Try this lip balm recipe to protect those puckers. Coconut oil will even give your lips a very mild SPF protection from the sun!

5. As a body scrub
Melt some coconut oil and stir in sugar. Let it cool and voila – you have an exfoliating body scrub.

6. As a makeup remover
Rub coconut oil onto your face with your fingertips and rinse it off with water for a gentle and natural makeup remover. It even works with waterproof eye makeup.

7. As a massage oil
Using coconut oil for massages not only helps moisturize your skin, it also leaves you smelling wonderful!

8. As a shaving cream 
Coconut oil is a perfect in-shower shaving cream since oil doesn’t dissolve immediately in water. It leaves your skin soft and protects it from razor burns. Try this recipe.

9. As a nail and cuticle treatment
Coconut oil is a cheap, natural substitute for store-bought cuticle oil. Simply rub a little into your cuticles and over your nails.

10. As a deodorant 
Mix one part of arrowroot powder with three to four parts of coconut oil and apply as needed.

11. To lighten blemishes
Coconut oil can help lessen the appearance of a wide variety of skin blemishes, including sun or age spots. Rub coconut oil onto the spots daily.

12. To reduce dark eye bags
Rub a little coconut oil under your eyes before bed to reduce puffiness and eye bags.




Cooking with Maple Syrup

Maple syrup. Two words that conjure thoughts of lazy Sunday mornings, fluffy pancakes and blissful breakfasts.

This natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system.

Maple syrup is so much more than just a waffle topping — its natural sweetness and deep flavour is delicious in all kinds of dishes, from salad dressings and marinades to vegetable dishes and even cocktails! Here are some of our favourite ways to cook with maple syrup.

Maple Candied Bacon by the Clever Carrot  
If you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, you’d be wrong. Glazing bacon with maple syrup creates a sticky caramelised coating that pairs perfectly with the smokiness of the meat. Pure heaven.

Maple Spiced Candied Nuts by Kitchen Simplicity  
Half sweet, half spicy, this super addictive glaze is so good you’d better make an extra batch of the recipe — because you can never get enough!

Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail by Cook the Story
This cocktail is a wonderful mix of sweet, tangy and bubbly — the perfect way to welcome your guests.

Maple Mustard Chicken Wings by Chowhound 
This one’s for all you chicken wing lovers out there! Savoury soy, sharp mustard, sweet maple and a hint of spicy cayenne make for the best barbecue marinade.

Maple and Mustard Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts by Serious Eats
Throw your vegetables and salmon into the oven with the simplest of ingredients for a quick and easy dinnertime treat.

All About Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is an unrefined sweetener made from the nectar of coconut flowers. It resembles brown sugar both in appearance and taste, with a subtle caramel flavour. In case you’re wondering, no – it doesn’t taste anything like coconut!

Coconut sugar is a whole, pure and completely natural sugar that hasn’t been through the extensive refining process that regular sugar has. It’s naturally full of vitamins and minerals like amino acids, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It’s also a safe diabetic sugar substitute as it has a low glycemic index, preventing blood sugar spikes, sluggishness and bloating.

You can use coconut sugar in any way that you would use regular white or brown sugar, including in your coffee and cooking. Coconut sugar also bakes really well and can be substituted for regular sugar in baking recipes. Here are some additional baking tips adapted from Burnt Apple.


Tips for Baking With Coconut Sugar

1. You can substitute coconut sugar for regular white or brown sugar 1:1 in baking recipes. Since coconut sugar tastes like brown sugar, it may work better in recipes that call for brown sugar.

2. Coconut sugar is more coarse than white or brown sugar. If the recipe calls for creaming the butter and sugar, the finished product will have a speckled look after baking and will appear more porous.

3. For recipes using liquids like melted butter, milk, water or oil, dissolve the coconut sugar for approximately five minutes in the liquid. Stir occasionally. After five minutes, add the mixture to the rest of your ingredients in your recipe. When your baked goods are done, they will have a very smooth texture. 

Why We Love Avocado Oil


You may be famiiar with the health properties of good old olive oil, but have you tried its equallty nutritious alternative, avocado oil?

Avocado oil, derived from the avocado fruit rather than its seed, boasts some unusual and uniquely healthy properties. It takes 15 to 20 avocados to make one 250ml bottle of oil!  Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana. It lowers cholesterol and is good for your heart, boosts your eye health, and helps your body absorb important nutrients. The vitamin E in avocado oil also makes it an ideal beauty product!

The flavor of avocado oil is clean and mild, with a lovey buttery texture. It tastes more neutral than olive oil, especially once it's cooked. Avocado oil is meant for medium-high heat use. That means you can use it to sauté and bake, but you can't deep fry with it.

Next time you reach for that bottle of olive oil, try making your dish with avocado oil instead. Enjoy its pure flavour in homemade salad dressings and dips, or drizzle it over your dishes just before serving for an additional touch of creaminess. You can even use avocado oil in your regular beauty routine – try it as a leave-in conditioner or skin moiturizer, or even as a diaper rash cream or home remedy for eczema!

Once opened, a bottle of avocado oil will stay fresh for six months, so it's a good idea to label it with the date it was opened. Store the bottle in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

For more ideas on what to do with your avocado oil, check out these 27 suggestions from Nutrition Secrets.


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