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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


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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


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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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Juniper Berry

As well as flavoring a dish, juniper cuts the gaminess of game, reduces the fatty effect of duck and pork and perks up a bread stuffing. Gin gets its unique flavor from it and fruit dishes, such as apple tart and pickled peaches, also harmonize with this flavor.

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ORIGIN: China
MEDICINAL: Supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function, and promote to healthy blood pressure.


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Kalonji Seed

Kalonji is used in India and the Middle East as a spice and condiment and occasionally in Europe as both a pepper substitute and a spice. It is widely used in Indian cuisines, particularly in mildly braised lamb dishes such as korma. It is also added to vegetable and dhal dishes as well as in chutneys. The seeds are sprinkled on to naan bread before baking.

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ORIGIN: India


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Lavender

Grind the lavender in a herb or coffee grinder or mash it with mortar and pestle. The spikes and leaves of culinary lavender can be used in most dishes in place of rosemary in most recipes. Use the spikes or stems for making fruit or shrimp kabobs. Just place your favorite fruit on the stems and grill.

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Leek Flakes, Green & White

Green and white leek flakes. Leeks, a relative of onions, share a similar flavor though more refined, subtler, and sweeter flavor than the standard onion. Dried leek flakes will reconstitute when soaked in water or cooked in a soup or sauce.

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ORIGIN: China


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Lemon Peel Granules

The bright citrus flavor of lemon is well preserved in these granules of the whole peel. They are great for inclusion in teas and herbal concoctions as they are easily strained out. It can also be ground for inclusion in spice blends and rubs.

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ORIGIN: USA


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Lemongrass

Widely used in savoury dishes and meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable curries. It harmonizes well with coconut milk, especially with chicken or seafood, and there are countless Thai and Sri Lankan recipes exploiting this combination. The stems are also used in teas or used in pickles and in flavoring marinades.

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ORIGIN: Thailand
MEDICINAL: It promotes good digestion and induces perspiration to cool the body and reduce fevers.


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Licorice Root

Also known as sweetwood. This cut form is preferred for herbal tea and use in herbal blends. Traditionally and commonly used for sore throats and coughs. Also used for root beer.

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ORIGIN: China


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Lime Juice Powder

Lime juice powder can be used to make lime juice or limeade, and may be used as a substitute in recipes that call for lime juice. May also be used to rim glasses for cocktails.To reconstitute mix 1 teaspoon of lime juice powder with 1/4 cup of water.

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ORIGIN: USA


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Mace

Mace is the aril (lacy covering) of the nutmeg seed shell. A small amount will add fragrance without imposing too much flavor. It works especially well with milk dishes like custards and cream sauces. Included in soufflés and cheese sauces.

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MEDICINAL: Can reduce flatulence, aid digestion, improve the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

ORIGIN: Indonesia


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Mahlab

A combination of fragrant rosewater-like sweetness and a nutty and faintly bitter, but not unpleasant aftertaste. Used in breads, biscuits and less sweet cakes and pastries. It is well worth experimenting with this unfamiliar but intriguing flavoring. A traditional Greek Easter bread is flavored with mahlab and decorated with colored eggs.

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ORIGIN: Syria


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Marjoram

It’s added to fish sauces, clam chowder, butter-based sauces, salads, tomato-based sauces, vinegar, mushroom sauces, and eggplant. In Germany, marjoram is called the “sausage herb”. Middle Easterners use marjoram in lamb, mutton, barbecues, vegetables, and seafood. It is usually added at the end of cooking to retain its delicate flavor or as a garnish.

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MEDICINAL: Used in tea to cure headaches, head colds, calm nervous disorders, and to clear sinuses.

ORIGIN: Egypt


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Mastic

As a spice, it continues to be used in Greece to flavor spirits and liquors, chewing gum and a number of cakes, pastries, spoon sweets and desserts. Sometimes it is even used in making cheese. Mastic resin is a key ingredient in Dondurma (Turkish ice cream), and Turkish puddings granting those confections its unusual texture and bright whiteness. In Lebanon and Egypt, the spice is used to flavor many sauces, ranging from soups to meats to desserts.

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ORIGIN: Greece

We sell Mastic at $10.00 for 10 grams


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Mint

The pilgrims brought mint to the United States aboard the Mayflower, combines well with many vegetables such as new potatoes, tomatoes,
carrots and peas. Refreshment to any green salads and salad dressings.

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ORIGIN: Syria

MEDICINAL: Mint is carminative, stimulative, stomachic, diaphoretic and antispasmodic. A general pick-me-up, good for colds, flu and feversand at times helps with motion sickness.


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Mustard Seed, Brown

The brown seed is pounded with other spices in the preparation of curry powders and pastes. Useful for flavouring barbecue sauces, baked beans, many meat dishes, deviled eggs, beets and succotash.

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ORIGIN: Canada

MEDICINAL: Can relieve scorpion stings and
snake bites, epilepsy, toothache, bruises, stiff
neck, rheumatism, colic and respiratory troubles.


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Mustard Seed, Yellow

Used in pickling spice and in spice mixtures for cooking meats and seafood. It adds piquancy to sauerkraut and is sometimes used in marinades.

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MEDICINAL: Can relieve scorpion stings and snake bites, epilepsy, toothache, bruises, stiff neck, rheumatism, colic and respiratory troubles.
ORIGIN: Canada


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Nutmeg

Nutmeg has long been lauded as possessing or imparting magical powers, is usually associated with sweet, spicy dishes — pies, puddings, custards, cookies and spice cakes. It is indispensable to eggnog and numerous mulled wines and punches.

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MEDICINAL: Nutmeg is not a nut and does not pose a risk to people with nut allergies. It can reduce flatulence, aid digestion, improve the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
ORIGIN: West Indies


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Onion Granules

Onion is a basic flavouring in the kitchen. Used in soups, pickles and cooked vegetable dishes, sauces, hearty casseroles, and bean and lentil dishes.
Often accompanies meat, such as shepherds pie and meat loaf.

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ORIGIN: USA

MEDICINAL: Antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant and
rubefacient. It is believed to stimulate the liver and
is beneficial to the heart and nervous system.


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Oregano, Greek

Anyone who has tasted a tomato-sauce-topped pizza can recall its flavor, which is hearty and assertive with a peppery bite and a zing. Use Greek oregano in Italian, French, and (obviously) Greek recipes.

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ORIGIN: Greece


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Oregano, Mexico

Mexican Oregano has a much stronger flavor than the common Italian and Greek oreganos found on grocery store shelves. Mexican Oregano’s flavor has quickly gained popularity with some chefs in recent years for its strong flavor and subtle sweetness that are unique to this oregano from south of the boarder. Mexican Oregano’s flavor is still very similar so it is a good substitute for the more traditional Mediterranean oreganos as long as it is added at about half the amount called. Add it to Mexican and southwest recipes calling for “Mexican Oregano” at the amount called for to add a potent oregano flavor.

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ORIGIN: Mexico


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Oregano, Turkey

Use oregano in pizza and pasta sauces. Oregano pairs very well with tomatoes and other Mediterranean herbs, such as basil. Add the oregano toward the end of the cooking process to help maximize its natural flavor.

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ORIGIN: Turkey


Price: $2.25/oz
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Paprika, Hot Hungarian

Most of us associate Hungarian paprika as a simple means to add a dash of color to eggs, poultry, fish or meat. But it adds flavor as well. Mix the paprika with a little oil to act as an agent to transfer flavor, and help prevent the spice from burning during cooking. We recommend gently heating the spice in oil to release the flavor as you cook your dish.

Price: $4.50/oz
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Paprika, India

Paprika is intimately associated with Hungarian cuisine especially paprikash and goulash. Many spiced sausages incorporate it, including the Spanish chorizos. Paprika is often used as a garnish, spinkled on eggs, hors d’ouvres and salads for colour.

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ORIGN: India

MEDICINAL: An excellent source of betacarotene.


Price: $1.75/oz
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Paprika, Peru

Paprika is intimately associated with Hungarian cuisine especially paprikash and goulash. Many spiced sausages incorporate it, including the Spanish chorizos. Paprika is often used as a garnish, spinkled on eggs, hors d’ouvres and salads for colour.

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ORIGN: India

MEDICINAL: An excellent source of betacarotene.


Price: $1.75/oz
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Paprika, Spanish

Paprika is intimately associated with Hungarian cuisine especially paprikash and goulash. Many spiced sausages incorporate it, including the Spanish chorizos. Paprika is often used as a garnish, spinkled on eggs, hors d’ouvres and salads for colour.

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ORIGN: India

MEDICINAL: An excellent source of betacarotene.


Price: $1.75/oz
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Paprika, Spanish Smoked

Smoked paprika is a Spanish cousin to the more widely used sweet Hungarian paprika. It’s made from pimiento peppers that have been dried and smoked over an oak fire, then ground into a fine powder.

You’ll sometimes see it called pimenton, smoked pimenton, sweet paprika, Spanish paprika, or any variation of those names, but you can always recognize this spice by its deep red color and powerful smoky aroma. Unless the packaging indicates otherwise, it’s not typically a hot spice – in actuality, the spice itself is quite mild and sweet.

When using smoked paprika, a little goes a long way with this spice and the smokiness can sometimes get a little overpowering if you use too much. When experimenting with it in a new dish, start off with a half teaspoon and work your way up from there.

The real draw with this spice is the smoky quality. Even just a little bit adds an incredibly seductive smoky flavor and aroma to any dish. Traditionally, it’s used in making chorizo sausage and many paella recipes. We also like it in stews, with potatoes, in dry rubs for any meat, and in egg dishes.

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ORIGIN: Spain


Price: $3.50/oz
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Paprika, Sweet Smoked

The smoked varieties of paprika are made traditionally by drying ripe, freshly harvested fruits in low-lying, adobe smoke houses gently heated by smoking grills fired with slow-burning oak wood. In home cooking sweet paprika is the mandatory ingredient which gives Hungarian goulashes characteristic color and flavor. Paprika complements chicken, veal and pork casseroles, egg dishes when used as a garnish, sauces, meat loaf, and barbecued and roast meats when sprinkled on before cooking.

Price: $3.50/oz
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Parsley

Parsley has been cultivated and developed over so many centuries that its precise origins are difficult to pinpoint, used in omelets, scrambled eggs,
mashed potatoes, soups, pasta and vegetable dishes and in sauces to go with fish, poultry, veal and pork.

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ORIGIN: USA

MEDICINAL: Used since ancient times for digestive disorders, bronchitis, and urinary tract problems.


Price: $2.00/oz
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Poppy Seed, White

White poppy seeds are often referred to as ‘Indian’,’Middle Eastern’ or ‘Asian’ since they are featured in these cuisines. There is actually very little
difference in flavour between the two, so usage is more a question of aesthetics or availability.

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ORIGIN: Afghanistan

MEDICINAL: An infusion of seeds is said to help ear and tooth ache.


Price: $5.00/oz
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Poppy Seeds, Blue

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ORIGIN: Holland


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Rosemary

Pungent and assertive, the needle-like leaves of this Mediterranean shrub give an unmistakable flavor. It blends well with citrus and is common in many Italian and French dishes. Try a chicken or fish fillet scattered with rosemary and topped with thin slices of orange and then broiled.

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ORIGIN: Spain


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Saffron

It takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas to make a single pound of saffron, which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice. Find its delicate flavor in puddings, ice cream, festive breads and cookies, fragrant rice pilafs, paellas, and risottos. One or two strands are a delight in green tea or hot milk.

ALL AMOUNTS OF SAFFRON ARE SOLD IN GRAMS AND NOT OUNCES.
$15 /  1/2  GRAMM

Medicinal: Calming and mood boosting, and has been studied as an herbal anti-depressant. Also helps hormone issues like menopause and PMS. Use in tiny quantities.

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Origin: Iran


Price: $15.00/oz
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Saffron, Spanish (Grade AAA)

It takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas to make a single pound of saffron, which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice. Find its delicate flavor in puddings, ice cream, festive breads and cookies, fragrant rice pilafs, paellas, and risottos. One or two strands are a delight in green tea or hot milk.

ALL AMOUNTS OF SAFFRON ARE SOLD IN GRAMS AND NOT OUNCES.
$34.99 / 1 GRAM

Medicinal: Calming and mood boosting, and has been studied as an herbal anti-depressant. Also helps hormone issues like menopause and PMS. Use in tiny quantities.

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Origin: Spain


Price: $34.99/oz
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Sarsaparilla root

Sarsaparilla drinks feature widely in American popular culture, In recent times, sarsaparilla is sometimes considered to be a type of root beer.

Sarsaparilla is not readily available in most countries, although many pubs and most major supermarket chains in the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia stock sarsaparilla-flavored soft drinks, and sarsaparilla remains available in the United Kingdom as a legacy of the temperance movement. Australian sarsaparilla has a different flavor from American root beer or sarsaparilla.

Price: $3.50/oz
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Sassafras Bark

Sassafras leaves are an important ingredient in some distinct foods of the United States. It is the main ingredient in traditional root beer and sassafras root tea, and ground leaves of sassafras are a distinctive additive in Louisiana Creole cuisine (see the article on filé powder, and a common thickening and flavoring agent in gumbo).

 

Sassafras leaves and flowers have also been used in salads, and to flavor fats or cure meats.

Medicinal properties: Numerous Native American tribes used the leaves of sassafras to treat wounds by rubbing the leaves directly into a wound and used different parts of the plant for many medicinal purposes such as treating acne, urinary disorders, and sicknesses that increased body temperature, such as high fevers.

 

Price: $8.00/oz
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Sassafras Leaves (File powder)

Sassafras leaves are an important ingredient in some distinct foods of the United States. It is the main ingredient in traditional root beer and sassafras root tea, and ground leaves of sassafras are a distinctive additive in Louisiana Creole cuisine (see the article on filé powder, and a common thickening and flavoring agent in gumbo).

 

Sassafras leaves and flowers have also been used in salads, and to flavor fats or cure meats.

Medicinal properties: Numerous Native American tribes used the leaves of sassafras to treat wounds by rubbing the leaves directly into a wound and used different parts of the plant for many medicinal purposes such as treating acne, urinary disorders, and sicknesses that increased body temperature, such as high fevers.

 

Price: $3.50/oz
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Sumac, Syria

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ORIGIN: Syria


Price: $3.00/oz
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Tarragon

Among cooks, this herb is popularly associated with vinegar and fish. Its anise-like character is particularly suited to both, use the leaves fresh in salads, as garnishes, or in such classic applications as remoulade sauce, tartar sauce, béarnaise sauce, French dressing, and veal Marengo. In general, don’t add this herb with a heavy hand, and avoid bringing out its bitter side by cooking it too long.

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MEDICINAL: stimulate the appetite, relieve flatulence and colic, and cure rheumatism.

ORIGIN: USA


Price: $4.00/oz
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Thyme, France

Thyme tastes delicately green with a faint clove aftertaste, leaves and sprigs are used in salads as garnishes and most famously in clam chowder, bouquets garnis, and French, Creole, and Cajun cuisines. Thyme works well with veal, lamb, beef, poultry, fish & poultry.

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ORIGIN: France


Price: $2.75/oz
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Thyme, Morocco

Thyme tastes delicately green with a faint clove aftertaste, Leaves and sprigs are used in salads as garnishes and most famously in clam chowder, bouquets garnis, and French, Creole, and Cajun cuisines. Thyme works well with veal, lamb, beef, poultry, fish & poultry.

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MEDICINAL: Thyme warms and stimulates the lungs, expels mucus, and relieves congestion. It also helps deter bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Both constituents thymol and carvacrol have a relaxing effect upon the gastrointestinal tract’s smooth muscles.

ORIGIN: Morocco


Price: $2.00/oz
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Tomato Powder

Spray-dried tomatoes that have been turned into a fine powder. The rich tomato flavor of this powder can be used to make tomato juices, sauces, and pastes.

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ORIGIN: USA


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Turmeric

This ground relative of ginger gives curry powder its rich yellow color. With a musty base flavor it combines classically with Indian lentil and vegetable dishes. Try it in rice cooked in coconut milk for a vibrant, full-flavored side dish.

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ORIGIN: India


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Vanilla Bean, Madagascar

 

Next to saffron and cardamom, vanilla is the worlds next most expensive spice. Vanilla’s mellow fragrance enhances a variety of sweet dishes: puddings, cakes, custards, creams, soufflés and, of course, ice cream. Classic examples include crème caramel, peach Melba and apple Charlotte.

Sold by the bean.

 

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MEDICINAL: Believed to cure impotence.
ORIGIN: Indonesia
We sell the Vanilla Bean by the strand.


Price: $10.00/oz
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Vanilla Paste, Madagascar Bourbon

 

Next to saffron and cardamom, vanilla is the worlds next most expensive spice. Vanilla’s mellow fragrance enhances a variety of sweet dishes: puddings, cakes, custards, creams, soufflés and, of course, ice cream. Classic examples include crème caramel, peach Melba and apple Charlotte.

This Vanilla comes in a paste format, which consists of Vanilla beans, sugar, bourbon and gum arabica. It can be used as a substitute to vanilla extract or can be put directly on top of desserts, such as ice cream or cupcakes…or eat straight out of the jar…simply delicious.

 

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MEDICINAL: Believed to cure impotence.
ORIGIN: Indonesia
We sell the Vanilla Bean by the strand.


Price: $30.00
Price: $25.00/oz
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Wasabi Green

As one of the most prized crops from Japan, the pungent flavor of Wasabi lends itself to a great range of culinary uses.

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MEDICINAL: Kills a number of different types of cancer cells, reduces the possibility of getting blood clots, encourages the bodies own defenses to discard cells that have started to mutate, and acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent against food poisons.

ORIGIN: Japan


Price: $1.75/oz
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Wasabi White

As one of the most prized crops from Japan, the pungent flavor of Wasabi lends itself to a great range of culinary uses.

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MEDICINAL: Kills a number of different types of cancer cells, reduces the possibility of getting blood clots, encourages the bodies own defenses to discard cells that have started to mutate, and acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent against food poisons.

ORIGIN: Japan


Price: $1.75/oz
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