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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.


Price: $2.00/oz
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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


Price: $2.50/oz
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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.


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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


Price: $1.75/oz
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Lavender

Price: $5.00/oz
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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


Price: $2.75/oz
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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


Price: $2.75/oz
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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


Price: $2.75/oz
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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


Price: $8.00/oz
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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


Price: $4.50/oz
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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


Price: $1.75/oz
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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


Price: $10.00/oz
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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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