Living in Cyprus2
Cyprus History story
Cyprus has been coveted, conquered and colonized numerous times during its 10,000-year history. The island attracted the interest of a succession of dominant powers in the region, which battled for it through the millennia. The first of these are believed to have been the Achaean #Greeks who arrived in around 1200 BC introducing their language, religion and customs to the island. Cyprus was subsequently colonized by the #Phoenicians, the #Assyrians, the #Egyptians and the #Persians. In the 4th century BC Alexander the Great claimed the island, which remained part of the Greek-Egyptian kingdom until 30 BC, when the Romans arrived and Cyprus became a senatorial province. It was during this period that Saint Paul was said to have visited the island and converted the Roman governor to Christianity. Cyprus remained a Roman possession until the empire began to disintegrate in 330AD, when it became part of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. In 1191, Cyprus was conquered by the #English king, Richard the Lionheart, while on his way to take part in the Third Crusade. He later sold the island to the Knights Templar, who consequently sold it on to the Franks or Lusignans, a dynasty which went on to rule Cyprus for almost 300 years, until the last of the Lusignans ceded the island to Venice in 1489. Despite building heavy fortifications around the island’s major cities of Famagusta and Nicosia, the Venetians were not able to withstand the invading Ottoman troops who conquered the island in 1571. Cyprus remained under #Ottoman rule until the arrival of the #British in 1878.
#Cumin or ‘Jeera’ in #Hindi is basically a tiny #seed of an annual plant in the parsley family, native to the #Mediterranean; #spice that forms an integral part of various dishes in the ancient as well as new world cuisine.
Generally cumin seeds are of three colours- amber, white and black. The #amber seeds being the most common and the #black ones have a complex #flavor that can't be substituted for the other two.
Besides its #culinary uses, this #aromatic spice is known as #medicine of the day. Black cumin seeds contain about 100 #chemical compounds including #vitamin A, C, E & B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin, and minerals like #iron, #manganese, #copper, #calcium, #magnesium, #phosphorous, and #potassium. It is also rich in protein and #amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids. Consuming about one teaspoon of cumin daily not only can help you meet your daily nutrient requirements, but also prevents boils or accumulation of #toxic substances in the body using its components of Cuminaldehyde, Thymol and phosphorus which are good detoxifying agents. Due to its #anti-fungal and free radical properties it will keep your skin healthy and glowing free of pimples, eczema, psoriasis, signs of ageing like wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. :) On a historic note, #Arabic Medicine believed that these could heal any type of disease except death, while in the Bible they are referred to as the curative black seeds. Thus, this spice has a rich history and was particularly favored by the ancient #Egyptians, #Greeks and #Romans. In ancient times, it was even used as a method for payment of taxes and debts. Cumin, one of the spices of life #nutrition#foodismedicine