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.


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 Juniper 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.


Hot Curry Powder

Hot Curry Powder

Blend of cumin, coriander, turmeric and chilli and roasted before ground. Level of heat depends on the ratio of chilli used in the blend.


Hot Paprika

Hot Paprika

Relative of the red pepper family, it is milder in flavour than cayenne although Hungarian paprika is hotter than Spanish paprika. Used to lend a distinctive red colouring to food. It is thought to be good for the heart and circulation.


Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries

The purple or black coloured fruits of the juniper tree. They have a strong aromatic scent with a tang of pine and are useful for pates, pickles such as sauerkraut, marinades and liqueurs such as gin. It can be also used as a diuretic and as an anti-inflammatory.


Italian Seasoning

Italian Seasoning

A blend of herbs reminiscent of an Italian kitchen.