Herbs & Spices

Almost as old as the art of cooking is the practice of adding or enhancing taste or disguising poor flavours by adding, marinating or cooking food with herbs and spices resulting in spectacular explosions of fragrant delicacies. Besides adding umph to food they are also prized for their medicinal properties used to treat an endless list of ailments. We sell an infinite range of dried herbs and spices either whole or ground together with a variety of curry mixes and seasonings.


Sage

Sage

Common herb to Northern Italy and Europe.having a slightly bitter taste can be used in stuffings, casseroles and egg and cheese based dishes. It can help alleviate menopausal symptoms and painful periods.


Saffron

Saffron

the most expensive spice to date because the stigma of the crocus plant is picked by hand. Labelled the king of spices, it is highly aromatic with a slightly bitter taste adding a subtle flavour and golden tinge to many dishes. Available in fragile threads, it is used extensively in Spanish and Italian cuisines in the preparation of rice dishes and cakes. Rich in Vitamin B2 and riboflavin, saffron is used in the treatment of urinary and digestive problems.


Sweet Paprika

Sweet Paprika

Relative of the red pepper family, it is milder in flavour than cayenne but Hungarian paprika is hotter than Spanish paprika. A mellow sweet flavour used to lend a distinctive red colouring to food. Good for the heart and circulation.


Tandoori Curry Mix

Tandoori Curry Mix

A curry blend of coriander, cumin, salt, paprika, garlic, chilli, cinnamon and cloves.


Tarragon

Tarragon

An aromatic herb typical of French cuisine having an aniseed flavour. used to flavour dressings and marinades.


Thyme

Thyme

Having a strong aromatic flavour one of the herbs used in a bouquet garni. Used in dishes cooked with wine, sauteed vegetables and stuffings. It has strong antibacterial properties and acts as an antiseptic for lungs, throat and digestive system.


Turmeric

Turmeric

Relative to the ginger family, its warm earthy taste is used in curry mixes to impart colour. It may be used as a remedy for liver related problems and to treat some skin diseases.


Mixed Peppercorns

Mixed Peppercorns

A mix of black, green, white and pink peppercorns with all spice berries.


Mixed Spice

Mixed Spice

A blend of spices: cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, ground together and mostly used in baking fruit based cakes.


Nigella

Nigella

Widely cultivated in India , these small triangular black peppery tasting seeds are used in Indian, Egyptian and Middle Eastern cuisine. They are popular additions to spice mixes, vegetables, pulses, breads and preserves. Nigella complements coriander and allspice and blends well with thyme.