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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 (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


Price: $2.50/oz
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Tumeric

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


Price: $2.00/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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