Chemistry of Spices
V. A. Parthasarathy, Bhageerathy Chempakam, T. John Zachariah
CABI, 2008 - Science - 445 pages
Spices are high value, export-oriented crops used extensively in food and beverage flavorings, medicines, cosmetics and perfumes. Interest is growing however in the theoretical and practical aspects of the biosynthetic mechanisms of active components in spices as well as the relationship between the biological activity and chemical structure of these secondary metabolites. A wide variety of phenolic substances and amides derived from spices have been found to possess potent chemopreventive, anti-mutagenic, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Representing the first discussion of the chemical properties of a wide cross section of important spices, this book covers extensively the 3 broad categories of plant-derived natural products: the terpenoids, the alkaloids and the phenyl propanoids and allied phenolic compounds. Spice crops such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric and coriander are covered with information on botany, composition, uses, chemistry, international specifications and the properties of a broad range of common and uncommon spices.
Spices covered include: * Black pepper * Cardamom * Ginger * Turmeric * Cinnamon * Vanilla * Coriander * Cumin * Fennel * Fenugreek Celery * Ajowan * Star Anise * Aniseed * Parsley * Cassia * mace Paprika * Clove * Nutmeg * Garcinia * Tamarind
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Very interesting book good for referencing. Although the stuff is quite lengthy at time in explanation and a bit too sophisticated.
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2 Black Pepper
3 Small Cardamom
4 Large Cardamom
7 Cinnamon and Cassia
14 Paprika and Chilli
17 Star Anise