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Herbs & Spices

We continually strive to provide only the highest quality dried herbs and spices. We personally select all of our offerings and regularly use them in our kitchen.

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      Peppermint Leaf ~ Certified Organic

      “Mentha piperita”

      A hybrid of Spearmint and Watermint, Peppermint has a high menthol content and is added to drinks and fruit dishes as a garnish. It is used for  seasoning jams, jellies, salads, soups, stews, purees, and sauces as well as gravies, and makes an excellent tea.

      Precautions: None known.

      $4.75

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      Poppy Seed ~ Certified Organic

      “Papaver somniferum”

      Poppy seeds have a mild sweetish aroma which is brought out by roasting or baking. They are used in everything from baking to curries and chutneys.

      from $5.25

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      Puya Chiles

      5,000 to 15,000 Scoville Units

      Also known as a Pulla, it has a light fruity flavor with a hint of licorice.  Similar to a Guajillo, it has a more intense pungent heat.  Use in stews, sauces, marinades, and rubs.

      $4.00

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      Rose Petals, Red ~ Certified Organic

      “Rosa centifolia”

      The flavor is reminiscent of strawberries and green apples. Sweet, with subtle undertones ranging from fruit to mint to spice. Petals can be sprinkled on desserts or salads or freeze them in ice cubes and float them in drinks. They are also used in syrups, jellies, butters and sweet spreads, as well as Arabic and Indian cuisine.

      Precautions: Avoid taking rose oil internally if you suffer from gallstones.

      $4.50

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      Rosemary ~ Certified Organic

      “Rosmarinus officinalis”

      The flat, pointy, needle-like leaves of the Rosemary plant are dark green on the top and a silvery white on the underside and are often used to flavor soups, sauces, chicken, lamb, and pork as well as root vegetables. They have a spicy pine aroma and flavor with a bitter, astringent taste.

      $4.75

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      Saffron, Persian

      “Crocus sativus”

      This is Grade A1 Sargol Saffron.  Sargol contains only the stigmas of the Crocus and none of the style or thread.  The style has no culinary value as all of the coloring and flavor is concentrated in the stigma.  Saffron is water soluble and should be “steeped” prior to adding it as an ingredient.

      $14.25

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      Sage Leaf ~ Certified Organic

      “Salvia officinalis”

      Sage is considered to have a slight peppery flavor. In Western cooking, it is used for flavoring fatty meats, cheeses, and some drinks. In the United States and Britain, sage is used with onion for poultry or pork stuffing and also in sauces. Germans often use it in sausage dishes and it is also common in Italian cooking.

      $5.00

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      Sage Leaf, Ground ~ Certified Organic

      “Salvia officinalis”

      Sage is considered to have a slight peppery flavor. In Western cooking, it is used for flavoring fatty meats, cheeses, and some drinks. In the United States and Britain, sage is used with onion for poultry or pork stuffing and also in sauces. Germans often use it in sausage dishes and it is also common in Italian cooking.

      $5.00

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      Savory, Winter ~ Certified Organic

      “Satureja montana”

      Winter savory goes very well with both beans and meats, very often lighter meats such as chicken or turkey, and can be used in stuffing. It has a strong peppery, spicy flavor while uncooked but loses much of its flavor under prolonged cooking.

      Precautions: Should not be used in medicinal dosages while pregnant.

      $4.75

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      Sesame Seeds, Black ~ Certified Organic

      “Sesamum indicum”

      Sesame seeds are one of the first recorded seasonings. They have a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste. The famous phrase, “Open sesame,” reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.  Sesame seeds are essential to the cuisines of much of Asia and the Middle east.  The black seeds provide a striking contrast when used as a garnish on rice.

      from $4.75

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      Sesame Seeds, White ~ Certified Organic

      “Sesamum indicum”

      Sesame seeds are one of the first recorded seasonings. They have a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste. The famous phrase, “Open sesame,” reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.  Sesame seeds are essential to the cuisines of much of Asia and the Middle east.

      from $4.75

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      Smoked Serrano Chile Powder

      8,000 ~ 22,000 Scoville Units

      Matured on the vine to a bright red, the Serrano is then slowly smoked.  This creates a lingering spicy flavor, with hints of berry and a rich depth.  Excellent in sauces, stews, and casseroles.

      $5.00

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      Smoked Serrano Chiles

      8,000 to 22,000 Scoville Units

      Matured on the vine to a bright red, the Serrano is then slowly smoked. This creates a lingering spicy flavor with hints of berry and a rich depth.  Primarily a savory  chile, it is excellent in sauces, stews, and casseroles as well as chili.

      $5.50

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      Spearmint Leaves - Certified Organic

      “Mentha spicata”

      Spearmint has a mild, sweet fragrance and aroma, a little milder than peppermint. The leaves are used to flavor mint jelly, sauces, salads, soups, stews, curries, rice, meat, fish and vegetables dishes.  Spearmint is also an ingredient in several mixed drinks, such as the mojito and mint julep.

      Precautions: None known.

      $4.75

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      Star Anise ~ Certified Organic

      “Illovium verum”

      Star anise is the seed pod of an oriental evergreen tree. The flavor is powerful and licorice-like, more pungent and stronger than anise.  It is widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine.  Try adding it to the water in which strong vegetables such as turnip or cabbage are cooked to mellow the flavor.

      $5.00

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      Sumac Berry Powder ~ Certified Organic

      “Rhus coriaria”

      Sumac is a spice that comes from the berries of a wild bush that is native to the Mediterranean and parts of the Middle East, notably Iran, and is naturalized to most of the United States.  Sour and astringent, sumac berries are used in place of lemon peel in much Lebanese and Turkish cooking. *contain salt

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      Tarragon Leaves ~ Certified Organic

      “Artemisia dracunculus”

      Tarragon has an aromatic property reminiscent of anise. It is commonly employed as a flavoring for vinegar and is used in pickles, relishes, prepared mustards, and sauces. Tarragon complements fish, meat, soups and stews, and pairs well with tomato and egg dishes.

      $5.00

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      Thyme Leaf ~ Certified Organic

      “Thymus vulgaris”

      Thyme is the leaf of a low-growing shrub in the mint family.  It is often included in seasoning blends for poultry and stuffing and is commonly used in fish sauces, chowders, and soups. It goes well with lamb and veal as well as in eggs, custards, and croquettes and is frequently paired with tomatoes.

      $4.75

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      Turmeric Root Powder ~ Certified Organic

      “Curcuma longa”

      Turmeric, essential to curry powders, is a member of the ginger family. It and has a light, musky flavor along with a brilliant golden orange color. It has been used for thousands of years to dye cloth and to add coloring to foods.

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      Urfa Pepper

      4,000 ~ 8,000 Scoville Units

      The Urfa Pepper, also known as Isot Pepper, is grown in the Urfa region of Turkey.  It is sun dried during the day and then wrapped and sweated at night.  This produces a pepper with a wonderful smoky, raisin-like flavor that is reminiscent of dried fruits and tobacco.

      from $5.50

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      Vanilla Beans, Tahitian ~ Organic

      “Vanilla tahitensis”

      Due to a crop failure due to a storm there is a shortage of vanilla beans that has effected the pricing. 

      Vanilla is actually the  fruit of an orchid. Tahitian beans are more delicate than Bourbon with a stronger aroma. They are flowery, fruity, with a hint of anise and a smooth flavor. Real vanilla adds an incomparable richness to custards, ice cream, caramel, coffee, and creme brulee. Contains 2 beans.

      $12.00

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