According to the Oxford Dictionary soap is “a substance used with water for washing and cleaning, made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and colouring added”.
The mystery of the sea
A natural sea sponge is a superior quality sponge mainly used in pharmaceuticals, household and personal hygiene. Natural sea sponges are porous solid masses, mainly sea zoophytes, which after the necessary process of cleaning become very soft and light and they are adequate for a variety of everyday uses.
A powerful fruit
Prickly pear Cactus, or as it is scientifically known, Opuntia ficus-indica, is a species of cactus with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) armed with spines, grown in places with a sunny and warm climate. Prickly pears also produce a red, wine-red, green, or yellow-orange fruit with the same name, also covered with little spines. The genus Opuntia is named after the Ancient Greek city of Opus, where, according to Theophrastus, grew an edible plant, which could be propagated by rooting its leaves. Some of the common English names for the prickly pear cactus and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, barbary fig, cactus pear and spineless cactus.
An ancient beauty secret
Olive oil has always played an important role in the life of Mediterranean people generally and especially in the life of the Greeks. It has been a main component of their culture since the antiquity. Olive oil has represented a symbol of peace, fertility, purification, power, victory and repentance, and it has been used not only in cooking, but also in tanning, weaving, perfumery, pharmacy, medicine, religion, as well as as a fuel for oil lamps. Thus the olive tree, its fruit and the golden liquid released from the olives has always been a part of the identity of the Greeks, establishing a strong link between the past and the present.
Kumquat is a small tree of the genus Fortunella in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. It comes from China, where it has been cultivated since the 12th century. Its name derives from the Cantonese Chinese “kam kwat”, which means golden orange, since its fruit looks like a very little orange. Like all the citrus fruits, kumquat is rich in vitamin A and C. The fruit is eaten whole, skin and all, and it has a sweet and sour taste. We find it usually cooked as a sweet delight, marmalade or liqueur.