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Ajwain Seed

With a taste similar to thyme, although more powerful with notes of celery and pepper, Ajwain is an exciting and unusual spice. Native to southern India, Ajwain is most commonly added to chutneys, curried dishes, breads and legumes. It’s related to cumin and parsley, and is also known as carom and bishop’s weed.

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ORIGIN: India


Price: $1.50/oz
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Allspice Berry

The whole berry of the pimento bush, Allspice is the size of a large pea and has a deep rich-brown color. Clove and pepper flavors are very pronounced, especially when freshly ground. Used widely in Jamaican jerk and Caribbean dishes. Also nice in holiday pastries.

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ORIGIN: Jamaica


Price: $2.25/oz
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Amchoor (Mango Powder)

Unripe mangoes are sun-dried and ground to a powder which is used to give a sour tang to many East Indian dishes including meats, vegetables and curries. Often added to chutneys, pickles and some stir fries much as vinegar is used in other parts of the world.

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ORIGIN: India


Price: $1.75/oz
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Anardana (Pomegranate seed)

Made of dried pomegranate seeds, this spice has a mildly fruity, sweet and sour flavor. Used in India to sour chutneys and curries, they are also used in pastries and breads in the Middle East. Try grinding them and sprinkling over salads or vegetable dishes.

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ORIGIN: India


Price: $2.25/oz
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Angelica Root

Traditionally root was chewed or brewed into a tea for the immune system.  The Chinese species is Dong Quai, famous for alleviating menstrual cramps. Roots sometimes used in making absinthe.

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ORIGIN: Poland


Price: $3.00/oz
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Anise Seed

Anise is primarily associated with cakes, biscuits and confectionery, as well as rye breads. It is used in much the same way as fennel to flavour fish, poultry, soups and root vegetable dishes. Anise is not related to true licorice, although it has a similar taste and is often used to flavor black licorice candy.

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL: It helps with digestion and sweetens the breath, so it is chewed after meals in parts of Europe, the Middle East and India.


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Anise Star

This dried, star-shaped fruit grows on small trees in China and Vietnam. Its smoky, licorice flavour makes it a distinctive ingredient in Chinese five spice, Peking Duck, Vietnamese Pho, and Malaysian curries. Also nice in homemade chai. The lovely pods make a great garnish.

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ORIGIN: Vietnam

Medicinal: A warming spice that gently aids sluggish digestion. Extracts from star anise are used to make the anti-influenza medicine “Tamiflu.”


Price: $1.75/oz
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Annatto Seed

Annatto is used for its red-orange color in cheeses, confectionery, butter, meat dishes and stews. It is popular in the Philippines, Central America and the Caribbean. Annatto has a very mild taste: slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg.

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ORIGIN: Central America

MEDICINAL: Once used to control fevers, dysentery and kidney diseases, though is now used mostly as a dye in medical preparations such as ointments and plasters.


Price: $1.50/oz
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Arrowroot

A thickening agent with more thickening power than flour or even cornstarch. It has the unique characteristic of adding a glossy sheen to sauces, much like finishing with butter, but without the fat. Has a faint savory taste, but can still be used in desserts.

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ORIGIN: West Indies


Price: $1.50/oz
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Asafoetida

Use in minuscule quantities, adding directly to cooking liquid, frying in oil, or steeping in water. Asafoetida is used mostly in Indian vegetarian cooking, where the strong onion-garlic flavour enhances many dishes. It is also suited to many fish dishes and some pappadums are seasoned with asafoetida. Please note that asafoetida resin often contains gluten.

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ORIGIN: Afghanistan

MEDICINAL: Known as an antidote for flatulence and is also prescribed for respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough.


Price: $4.50/oz
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Basil, Egyptian

Tomato sauces call out for a dash of this intense dried form of the common herb. Egypt produces an intensely flavored basil with hints of an anise flavor and a mild sweetness. Its aroma is released fully in cooked dishes, but it is also delicate and overcooking will dissipate it.

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Origin: Egypt


Price: $1.75/oz
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Basil, USA

This American-grown basil is a great all-purpose basil for tomato sauces, pizza, salad dressings and so many other uses.

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ORIGIN: California

MEDICINAL: Eases abdominal pains, relieves flatulence, brightens mood.


Price: $2.75/oz
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Bay Leaf, California

Used for shorter cooking times, the California Bay hints at camphor and eucalyptus. The large dried leaves of the bay laurel tree are one of the best herbs for soups and broths, rice, and sauces, giving a mild, delicious savory taste. Bay leaves are among the oldest known cooking herbs.

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ORIGIN: California


Price: $4.50/oz
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Bay Leaf, Turkish

This Mediterranean bay leaf is excellent for longer cooking times as it has a potent aroma.

The large dried leaves of the bay laurel tree are one of the best herbs for soups and broths, rice, and sauces, giving a mild, delicious savory taste. Bay leaves are among the oldest known cooking herbs.

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ORIGIN: Turkey


Price: $2.75/oz
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Beet Powder

A powdered version of the familiar and often maligned vegetable. Try it in soups and stews or in a vinaigrette to add great color and mild sweetness. With mild thickening properties, it can used to add body to a sauces.

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ORIGIN: USA


Price: $1.75/oz
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Black Lime

Dried limes and lemons are very traditional, special ingredients from the Middle East. The highly aromatic, tart and slightly fermented flavor notes in black limes complement chicken and fish particularly well. Add one or two whole to soups, stews or in the cavity of poultry before cooking, piercing them lightly with a fork to allow the flavors to infuse.

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ORIGIN: Turkey


Price: $2.75/oz
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Black Pepper, Smoked

Smoked black pepper is boldly aromatic with a mild smoke taste that goes great anywhere you want a bit of spicy smokiness: BBQ, omelets, Latino food, spiced nuts, etc!

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Caraway Seed

Caraway is an essential taste in sauerbraten, sauerkraut and rye bread. It figures prominently in the cuisines of Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. It seems to have a special affinity for apples, pork and sausages. It is also popular in Middle Eastern and North African cooking.

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ORIGIN: Holland


Price: $1.50/oz
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Cardamom, Black

Black cardamom has a smokier, more savory taste than the green pods and adds an exotic, authentic taste to Indian lentil soups, rice dishes, pickles and stews. Try it in BBQ sauces for an exotic smoky taste.

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ORIGIN: India


Price: $8.00/oz
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Cardamom, Green

Cardamom’s bright and strong flavors have a camphor-like quality and citrus intensity. An ancient and highly-prized spice, its high price makes it a ‘festive’ spice. It goes well in sweets and pastries, but is often used in savory meals too. The pods can be shelled to collect and grind the seeds or used whole in chai tea or Turkish coffee.

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ORIGIN: India


Price: $8.00/oz
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Celery Seed

Celery Seed is a popular spice in European and North American foods and beverages. Its salty, bitter, mouth-watering taste enhances fresh tomato juices, chicken soups, pickles, salad dressings, cole slaw, breads, and meats. Cooking tends to reduce its bitterness and enhance its sweetness. Pairs well with chicken, turmeric, sage, cumin, soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar.

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ORIGIN: USA


Price: $1.50/oz
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Chervil

Chervil is one of the staples of classic French cooking, along  with chives, tarragon and parsley. It is used to flavor eggs, fish, chicken and light sauces and dressings. It also combines well with mild cheeses and is a tasty addition to herb butters.

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ORIGIN: France


Price: $3.00/oz
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Chives

Chives are tasty and a very popular garnish in French and Chinese cuisine. Sprinkle over sauces, soups, salads or add to dressings and dips. Medicinal: Helps lower blood pressure, aids digestion and stimulates the appetite.

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MEDICINAL: Helps lower blood pressure and aid digestion and stimulates the appetite.

ORIGIN: USA


Price: $2.75/oz
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Cinnamon Saigon

Saigon cinnamon is an extraordinarily intense and flavorful cinnamon, with a whopping 5% essential oil content (as opposed to most other cinnamons which have about 2.5% oil content). It packs a full punch of cinnamon intensity, and features well in dishes where cinnamon is key, such as in desserts, cinnamon rolls, etc.

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Origin: Saigon

Medicinal: Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, supports the immune system, and balances blood sugar and cholesterol levels.


Price: $2.25/oz
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Cloves

Cloves, especially when ground, can easily overpower a dish, so only a few need be used. They are the main flavour of Worcestershire sauce.  Just a few cloves help to aromatize rice, curries, baked ham, hot apple cider and mulled wine, and have even been used to flavor tobacco.

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ORIGIN: Madasgascar

MEDICINAL: Believed to curb the desire for alcohol and treat indigestion, diarrhea, hernia, and ringworm.


Price: $5.50/oz
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Cocoa Organic Natural

This organic cocoa from the Dominican Republic is a high-fat powder containing no alkali, making it less soluble. Ideal for cakes, cookies, puddings and shakes. Enjoy the taste of natural cocoa!

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ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

FAT: 20-22%

UNSWEETENED


Price: $3.00/oz
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Cocoa Royal Mahogany

Our Royal Mahogany cocoa has a rich, vibrant red-dark brown color. It has a more alkalized taste than the regular Mahogany, yet it is not as alkalized as the black cocoas. This high-fat powder is ideal for ice creams, puddings, dark cake mixes, chocolate drinks, or just anything with a rich chocolate taste, and you will simply love the taste and the color.

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ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

FAT: 20-22%.
UNSWEETENED.


Price: $2.25/oz
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Coconut

Coconut is not only for sweets! It can be roasted and combined with tamarind to make Sambar, a very popular rich stew in the cooking of southern regions of India. Or, toast it lightly and add to cooking rice for a Caribbean favorite.

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ORIGIN: Syria


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Coriander Seed

Coriander is a favorite spice around the world. The floral, cool and smooth flavor is perfect with meat, lentils/beans, sausages, pickles, curries, soups and even teas and some desserts. Its lovely aroma dissipates faster than most spices after grinding… so use it fresh!

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL:Used as a stomach soother for both adults and
colicky babies. It is generally beneficial to the nervous
system.


Price: $1.75/oz
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Cubeb Berry

Cubeb berries are a “red” alternative to black pepper. They are bitter, peppery, and pungent, with traces of camphor and nutmeg in their aroma. They go well with meat, cheese and vegetable dishes.

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MEDICINAL: Considered a carminative, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, and antiseptic. Cubeb Berry has been shown to be effective in easing the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.


Price: $8.00/oz
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Cumin Seed

One of the most common flavors in Indian and Latin cuisine, this seed is fresh, pungent, sharp and definitely unmistakable. Tex-Mex cuisine is lost without it, and taco seasonings always have a large dose included.  Try toasting the seeds and adding them to breads, or whip up your favorite curry recipe with our extra fresh supply.

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ORIGIN: India


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Cumin, Black

Black cumin grows wild in Iran and Kashmir. Called royal cumin, or kala jeera in India, the small, dark brown, curved seeds are highly aromatic, with a resinous, astringent flavor that’s sweeter and more complex than common cumin. It’s preferred for northern Indian meat kormas and shows up in savory dishes of North Africa and the Middle East.

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL: Helps build your immune system


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Dill Seed

Dill seeds are mainly used in pickling, but is also in court-bouillons and sauces for fish, pickled salmon, casseroles and soups. They are seen in some breads, particularly rye breads. Also perfect with chilled, raw vegetable dishes, although it is strong so use carefully.

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL: Dill tea is recommended to overcome insomnia.


Price: $1.75/oz
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Dill Weed

Dill weed should have a rich green color, never gray or brown. Try it dusted on fish fillets or added to vegetable sauces and chowder, but be sure to add this herb just prior to serving as heat will deteriorate the fine flavor. Perfect with chilled, raw vegetable dishes as well.

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ORIGIN: Egypt

MEDICINAL: Dill tea is calming, making it useful for insomnia, jitteriness and upset stomach. It can also have a diuretic effect.


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Epazote Leaves

Epazote characterizes the taste of Mayan cuisine in the Yucatan and Guatemala. Use epazote in soups, meat dishes, and especially to enhance huitlacoche, mushrooms, bean and chile-based foods such as refried beans (frijoles refritos), frijoles negros, moles, or rice and beans.

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ORIGIN: Mexico

MEDICINAL: Helps prevent flatulence.


Price: $2.00/oz
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Fennel Pollen

Fennel pollen enhances the flavors of everything. From seafood to beef; poultry, pork or vegetables: Fennel pollen is that secret ingredient. No matter what you use it on, the mysterious taste – neither like fennel seed nor anise, and a bit like curry – will add a special dimension. Hand-collected from wild fennel growing on the coastal and inland fields of sun-drenched California.

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ORIGIN: California


Price: $20.00/oz
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Fennel Pollen

Fennel pollen enhances the flavors of everything. From seafood to beef; poultry, pork or vegetables: Fennel pollen is that secret ingredient. No matter what you use it on, the mysterious taste – neither like fennel seed nor anise, and a bit like curry – will add a special dimension. Hand-collected from wild fennel growing on the coastal and inland fields of sun-drenched California.

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ORIGIN: California


Price: $12.00/oz
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Fennel Seed

Fennel yields both a herb and a spice, it is used especially as a court bouillon for poaching fish and seafood. Flavours breads, cakes and confectionery. An ingredient in Chinese Five Spice and some curry powders. Several liquors are flavoured with fennel, including fennouillette, akvavit, gin and absinthe.

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MEDICINAL: Good remedy for gas and indigestion. Used as a wash for eyestrain and irritations.
ORIGIN: India


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Fenugreek Leaves

Fenugreek is a delicious herb that is still mostly unknown in the West. It is a favorite in India and the Middle East, where its mellow, earthy taste enhances soups, stews, curries, and fried pastries. Also delicious in flatbreads like naan and chapati.

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL: A digestive aid, it reduces the sugar level of the blood and is used in diabetes in conjunction with insulin. It also lowers blood
pressure, relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection.


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Fenugreek Seed

The major use of fenugreek is in curry powders, figuring in many mixtures, especially vindaloo and the hot curries of Sri Lanka. Chutneys and pickles incorporate it as it gives a tangy aroma to vegetables. It is bitter raw, but when roasted, it has a maple syrup aroma and nutty taste.

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ORIGIN: Morocco

MEDICINAL: Supposed to help with blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure, relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. Also a folk remedy for hair loss.


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Garlic Granules

The uses of garlic are infinite and it is an important ingredient in the cuisine of most nations. A small amount will ‘lift’ dishes of meat, fish and vegetables and be virtually undetectable.

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ORIGIN: California

MEDICINAL: Considered to be nature’s very own antibiotic. Also been used for lowering cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, and treating respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.


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Ginger Root Pieces

In Western cuisine, dried ginger is mainly used in sweets, especially ginger snaps, gingerbread, and preserves. In Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, ginger is indispensable in everything from tea, sweet and savory dishes, to ginger beer.

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ORIGIN: India

MEDICINAL: Well known for calming nausea, also warms the body, clears the lungs and sinuses, and helps with fevers and flus.


Price: $2.00/oz
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Ginger, Ground

In Western cuisine, dried ginger is mainly used in sweets, especially ginger snaps, gingerbread, and preserves. In Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, ginger is indispensable in everything from tea, sweet and savory dishes, to ginger beer.

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Medicinal: Well known for calming nausea, also warms the body, clears the lungs and sinuses, and helps with fevers and flus.


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Goji Berries

Goji berries, aka Chinese Wolfberries, have become popular as a health food. They are rich in antioxidants, particularly eye-protecting carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Yummy in porridge, smoothies, trail mixes, teas, tossed in rice and salads. They soften when soaked in water.

In China, dried gojis are often added to rice congee and almond jelly, as well as used in Chinese tonic soups, in combination with chicken or pork, vegetables, and other herbs such as wild yam. The berries are also boiled as an herbal tea, often along with chrysanthemum flowers and/or red jujubes, or particularly with pu-erh tea.

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ORIGIN: China


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Grains of Paradise

This intriguing spice, often described as a vibrant blend of ginger, cardamom, and pepper, seems to be just as valuable in the medicine cabinet as it is in the spice rack. An outstanding substitute for cardamom and black pepper, try it in curried dishes of North African and Middle Eastern influence, add it to zesty paella & cassoulets, or simply eat it with bread in a little olive oil with garlic and thyme.

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ORIGIN: West Africa


Price: $6.50/oz
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Hibiscus Flower

Also called roselle flowers or flor de Jamaica. Sourced from North Africa, these hibiscus flowers are full-flavored with a rosy tartness, making a fine, refreshing iced tea or hot infusion. Hibiscus is cooling and soothing for fevers and heat exhaustion.

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ORIGIN: Sudan


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Honey Powder

Used primarily in baking and cosmetics for its aroma. Does not retain full honey flavor; tastes like a milky, starchy powdered-sugar. To rehydrate, use 3/4 parts powder to 1 part water.

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ORIGIN: USA


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Horseradish Powder

Horseradish sauce is the main use of this spice. This is made most simply by mixing the powder with sugar and vinegar to the desired consistency. As a sauce, horseradish also complements tongue, sausages, cold egg dishes, cheese, chicken and hot ham.

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ORIGIN: Egypt

Medicinal: A stimulant, diuretic, diaphoretic, rubefacient and antiseptic.


Price: $2.25/oz
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Hyssop

Hyssop leaves have a lightly bitter taste and a minty aroma. Common in Levantine and Caucasian cookery. It is also used to flavor liqueurs, and is part of the formulation of Chartreuse.

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ORIGIN: Hungary

Medicinal: Often used for treating the chest and lungs during colds and coughs.


Price: $3.25/oz
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