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As well as a healthy, balanced overall diet, the individual ingredients used in Thai cooking are well known for their benefits and, in many cases, they are actually used in Southeast Asian medicine.

Turmeric, for example, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, both of these qualities are known to play a part in preventing the development of cancer.

Lemongrass, a lovely, fragrant, lemony herb is used in Chinese medicine in the treatment of colds and flu-like bugs. It is also known to help maintain good digestion.

Galangal is a variant of ginger and, as such, shares many of its properties. Galangal is particularly renowned for its effectiveness in relieving digestive problems and gastric disorders. It is also reputed to assist in the reduction of pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

Chillies, cayenne in particular, have recently come to the attention of western researchers. Indications are that chillies and their extracts may be beneficial in maintaining a healthy cardio-vascular system, and in supporting the body’s ability to produce insulin. Some researchers have also found positive impact on certain skin conditions, and on digestion. Another, quite unusual, benefit of chillies is that they are known to combat insomnia, so your delicious Thai meal will also help you to sleep soundly at night!

Coriander is well known throughout Asia and is one of the most vital ingredients common to most cuisines from that region. Like many of the other herbs used in Thai cooking, it is known to aid good digestion, and is reputed to encourage a strong immune system, thus helping to defend against common minor illnesses.

Coconut milk is believed to assist in the lowering of LDL, a form of cholesterol which is harmful at high levels. It also helps to raise levels of more desirable fatty substances that the body needs in order to function optimally. Like coriander, coconut milk is known for its immunity boosting properties. Some of its components are also known to inhibit some of the effects of aging.

Kaffir Lime Leaves have antioxidant properties like several of the ingredients we have mentioned already. Kaffir is said to purify the blood and assist digestion, while promoting dental and oral health. Kaffir is one of the main flavours used in Thai cuisine.

But there is more to the healthy eating aspect of the Thai diet than the individual properties of its ingredients: one should not underestimate the importance of the freshness of Thai herbs. Where many Asian cooking styles use a lot of dried spices and extracts, Thai cooking tends to make use of fresh herbs in their natural, whole state rather than extracts. Whole foods of any kind are now widely recognised, even in the west, as being the healthier option, and should be preferred over processed or powdered derivatives.

The popularity of salads, fish and seafood mean that there are plenty of alternatives to red meat. That said, body builders and macho traditionalists who don’t consider a meal to be a real meal unless it contains a decent helping of red meat would find that a Thai menu caters for them too.

As with all cuisines, there are some things best enjoyed in moderation. If one ate only dishes rich in coconut milk, for example, then one might reasonably expect to add a few inches to one’s waistline. Similarly, someone on a diet may decide to opt for plain or fragrant, rather than fried, rice dishes in order to keep the calories down, but the great thing about Thai cuisine is that meals are generally composed with all elements very well balanced, so it is most likely that a full meal would contain all these marvellous ingredients in just the right proportions.

Few dietary experts would dispute that the Thai diet is one of the most intrinsically healthy in the world.

Thai kaffir lime leaves

Thai kaffir lime leaves

Kaffir Lime Leaves Thai Name: Bai Ma Grood Kaffir Lime Leaves are usually found in the shape of an hourglass which has a leaf blade with a flattened leaf stalk which is also lea...

£0.99
Product Code: HB04-10g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.009lb
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Fresh Thai galangal (galanga)

Fresh Thai galangal (galanga)

Galangal Thai Name: Kar Sod Galangal is a plant that has medicinal properties but is also used in many different Oriental cuisines. Galangal is a member of the Ginger family and...

£1.59
Product Code: HB06-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.05lb
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Fresh Thai lemongrass (lemon grass)

Fresh Thai lemongrass (lemon grass)

Lemon grass Thai Name: Dakrai For every 100g you get around 4-5 stalks of lemongrass. How to use: Until the stalk has been crushed, the fragrance of lemongrass is actually quite...

£1.59
Product Code: HB01-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Fresh Thai sweet basil

Fresh Thai sweet basil

Thai Basil (Sweet) Thai Name: Bai Holapa Thai basil (or holapa leaf) has deep green leaves with purplish flower buds and stems. It has an aniseed flavour on top of its sweet bas...

£2.99
Product Code: HB03-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Fresh Thai coriander root

Fresh Thai coriander root

Coriander Root Thai Name:  Rak Pak Chee Thai Coriander is an essential ingredient in many Thai dishes and every part of the plant is used. In Thailand, even the root of the plan...

£3.99
Product Code: HB02-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Fresh Thai holy basil

Fresh Thai holy basil

Thai Basil (Holy) Thai Name: Bai krapaw A leafy, green herb that is a member of the mint family of plants. Providing an intense but sweet and subtle flavor, Basil can be dried a...

£2.99
Product Code: HB13-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Fresh Thai turmeric imported weekly

Fresh Thai turmeric imported weekly

Thai Turmeric Thai Name: Kamin Leung Thai Turmeric is also known in Thai as Kamin Leung and is part of the ginger family. Turmeric is relatively mild in taste and flavor when co...

£1.99
Product Code: HB15-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Small Thai red chillies

Small Thai red chillies

Small Red Chillies / Peppers Thai Name: Prik Ki Noo Dang There are many different types of chillies found in Thailand, hence the common belief that all Thai dishes are extremely...

£1.99
Product Code: SP01-100g - Brand: Fresh Spices
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai red onion (shallots)

Thai red onion (shallots)

Thai Red Onion / Shallots Thai Name: Hom dang Normally smaller than its western or European counterpart, and a member of the onion family, Thai Red Onion has a brighter reddish ...

£1.99
Product Code: VE28-100g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai round eggplant (aubergine)

Thai round eggplant (aubergine)

Eggplant / Thai Aubergine Thai Name: Maker Brot The Thai Aubergine, or eggplant as it is sometimes known, is a variety of the Kermit eggplant and comes in a variety of different...

£3.99
Product Code: VE01-200g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.22kg
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Thai small (pea) eggplant (aubergine)

Thai small (pea) eggplant (aubergine)

Eggplant (small) / Solanum / Pea Aubergine Thai Name: Maker Phuang The eggplant is part of the Solanaceae family and it can also be called nightshades. The fruit is also known b...

£2.29
Product Code: VE09-100g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai banana leaf (leaves)

Thai banana leaf (leaves)

Banana Leaf Thai Name: Bai tong You will usually get two whole banana leaves, each leaf approximately 18 inches x 36 inches in size. In certain areas of Thailand, most notably t...

£2.99
Product Code: VE04-200g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.22kg
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Large red Thai chillies (peppers)

Large red Thai chillies (peppers)

Large Red Chillies/Peppers Thai Name: Prik Sot Dang There is evidence that chilli peppers have been around as long back as 6,000 years ago or more. It is believed that they were...

£0.99
Product Code: SP05-100g - Brand: Fresh Spices
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai bird eye chillies

Thai bird eye chillies

Bird Eye Chillies/Peppers Thai Name: Prik I Noo Suan The Bird’s Eye Chilli is also known in Thai by the name prig kee nu. These small chillies should not be underestimated becau...

£2.29
Product Code: SP02-100g - Brand: Fresh Spices
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Fresh Thai peeled garlic

Fresh Thai peeled garlic

Peeled Thai Garlic Thai Name: Kra Tiam Thai garlic is prevalent in many of Thailand's favourite dishes. Garlic is very closely related to leeks, chives, onions and shallots. It ...

£1.99
Product Code: HB14-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.12kg
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Fresh Thai pepper (peppercorn)

Fresh Thai pepper (peppercorn)

Fresh Pepper/Peppercorn Thai Name: Prik thai sot When you sit in a high quality restaurant and the waiter offers you a sprinkling of black pepper, you don’t really cast a notion...

£2.99
Product Code: SP06-100g - Brand: Fresh Spices
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai green (unripe) papaya

Thai green (unripe) papaya

Papaya (green)  Thai Name: Malagor Dip It can be safe to say that life in Thailand would be significantly different if there was no Papaya. The reason for this will be explained...

£7.99
Product Code: VE18-800g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.8kg
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Thai pandan leaf (leaves)

Thai pandan leaf (leaves)

Pandan Leaf/Leaves Thai Name: Bai Teoy The Pandan Leaf is known as Bai Teoy. The Pandan Leaf is used to enhance the flavor of many Thai dishes and even desserts. The leaf has a ...

£2.99
Product Code: VE17-100g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.11kg
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Thai fresh imported weekly jack fruit (jackfruit) tray

Thai fresh imported weekly jack fruit (jackfruit) tray

Jack Fruit Tray approximately 200g Thai Name: Kanun Suk Geh Jack Fruit is a Thai fruit which has yet to become well known in the western world. Possibly the reason for this is i...

£6.99
Product Code: FR06 - Brand: Fresh Fruit
Postal Weight: 0.3kg
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Thai red dried chillies

Thai red dried chillies

Dried Red Thai Chillies/Peppers  People tend to get chilli peppers all wrong because their ultra spicy reputation precedes them. This is a misconception because all chillies ar...

£1.49
Product Code: SP07-100g - Brand: Fresh Spices
Postal Weight: 0.12kg
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Thai string bean (yard / long bean)

Thai string bean (yard / long bean)

String Bean Thai Name: Tua fak yaw String beans are a very common form of bean used and grown in Thailand. They are also referred to as green beans and can be bought at their ch...

£3.99
Product Code: VE20-200g - Brand: Fresh Vegetable
Postal Weight: 0.22kg
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