Even though cupuacu is mostly grown in Brazil, I first encountered it while traveling in Peru. It’s sold at juice bars along the street and an ingredient in many desserts. Lately, cupuacu has become popular around the world because of its many health benefits, especially for skin and hair. Read more
Borage is quickly becoming one of my favorite plants. Not only is it beautiful, easy to grow, and tastes good, but it also has a slew of health benefits – especially for the skin. These skin benefits are why borage seed oil is becoming popular and found in many beauty products.
One cool thing I did while traveling around Vietnam was hire a local plant expert to take me on a guided tour. She took me to a collective where women were extracting oil from tamanu nuts. When I asked what the oil was used for, the ladies started spreading fresh tamanu oil on my skin.
Whenever I travel somewhere new, I’m always amazed at how many amazing foods I had never even heard of before. This was the case with mongongo (aka manketti) before I went to Namibia. After seeing locals cracking open the strange nuts, I learned all about the benefits of mongongo nuts, especially the oil for hair and skin. Read more