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.


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.


Sichuan Pepper

Sichuan Pepper

A hot aromatic spice made from the red berries of the native Chinese tree. Widely used in Asian cuisine instead of chilli, with which it is interchangeable and can be used to flavour any dish that may need a kick. In Medieval times, this spice was used to cure dysentery.


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.


Mixed Herbs

Mixed Herbs

A blend of dried herbs mainly parsley, sage, thyme, marjoram amd tarragon. Excellent addition to soups and casseroles.


Ground Yellow Mustard

Ground Yellow Mustard

Powder extracted from grinding ywllow mustard seeds which can be added to marinades, mayonnaise or cream cheese to give a pungent and spicy flavour.


Guar Gum

Guar Gum

mainly used in gluten free baking


Herbes Provencales

Herbes Provencales

A blend of herbs (savoury, rosemary, oregano, amrjoram and thyme) reminiscent of the South of France. Traditionally used in all French dishes especially vegetables.