Agriculture & Production

How is Instant Coffee Powder Made?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in February 2021. It’s cheaper, quicker, and involves far less cleaning up than regular coffee. For anyone looking to get a quick caffeine fix, instant coffee has an undeniable charm. Without access to cafés, restaurants, or even the coffee machine at work, the last couple of months saw me rekindling an […]

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Agriculture & Production

Phosphorus – How it Impacts Food Security

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in April 2021. Have you heard of phosphorus? It’s a naturally abundant mineral, essential for the growth of plants. Although it naturally replenishes, the slow regeneration cycle of phosphorus reserves has led to concerns over improper management and unsustainable extraction for use in agricultural fertilisers. Let’s take a look at how […]

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Agriculture & Production

Mozzarella Cheese – How it’s Made

Originally published on Foodunfolded.com in August 2020. ‘A soft ball of deliciousness’ is perhaps the most apt description of mozzarella cheese. Or at least that’s the first thing that comes to my mind whenever I eat a good Caprese Salad. Let’s take a look at how this popular cheese is made. WHAT IS MOZZARELLA CHEESE? […]

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Pollination | How it Works

Originally published on Foodunfolded.com in June 2020. Almost all life on Earth depends on plants, but it turns out plants are just as dependent on animals as we are on them. The truth is that most plants need a lot of help with pollination in order to be able to reproduce. Without animals to pollinate […]

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Agriculture & Production

Palm oil | How it’s Made

Originally published on Foodunfolded.com in May 2020. Today, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the world. To many of us, this may be surprising considering most consumers do not directly purchase it. Let’s take a look at how palm oil is made, where it comes from and how it ends up […]

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Jackfruit | How it’s Grown

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in January 2020. A large, spiky, green coloured fruit called ‘jackfruit’ has been making appearances at markets and restaurant menus around the world. In 2017, Pinterest even declared it to be the top food trend of the year. Its fans in non-native countries often get to see jackfruit in the form […]

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How Truffles are Grown

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in December 3, 2019. The black diamond of the kitchen. The Mozart of mushrooms. The jewel of cuisine. These are some of the labels that the truffle has earned for itself over time. But what makes this reclusive fungus so valuable? What are truffles? Truffles are fruiting bodies (aka spore producing organs) of the fungi family ‘Ascomycota’. Functionally, they are […]

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Chewing gum | What is Gum Made of?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in November 2019. Chewing gum can be found in the form of a minty treat or perhaps a carelessly discarded cud stuck to the bottom of our shoe. But what exactly is it made of? HOW DID CHEWING GUM COME TO BE? Gum is among the world’s oldest confections. In its […]

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How is Sugar Made?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in December 2019. What is sugar? If you like chemistry, you might say ‘an organic chemical’. If you enjoy baking, you might tell me that it’s ‘a pantry staple’. And if you know about nutrition, you would perhaps say ‘a carbohydrate’. Sugar is such a ubiquitous product that everyone knows something […]

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Saffron | How it’s Grown

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in September 2019. Growing up in India where saffron is synonymous with luxury, I knew saffron as the ‘we’re expecting guests’ spice. Today at €25,000 a kilogram, it is the most expensive item in my neighbourhood’s supermarket!  Let’s take a look at what makes saffron the most expensive spice in the […]

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