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Bird’s Eye Chile Pepper

$6.75$17.00

Small red Chile that packs a punch!  Ranges from 100,000 to 225,000 on the Scoville scale.  Use in soups, salads, stir fries, and curries.

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Cinnamon ~ Indonesian Cassia

$8.00$21.60

The Greek poet, Sappho, referenced Cassia in 7th century B.C. Though not the “true” Cinnamon, Cassia (also called Chinese Cinnamon) is often sold as Cinnamon in the U.S., where it’s preferred for its strong, spicy and lingering flavor.

Use in both sweet and strong savory dishes: candies, baked goods, meats, preserves, curries, and hot beverages. Cassia, with its intense aromatic qualities and taste, is the popular choice for Cinnamon Rolls.

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Cinnamon ~ Saigon Cassia

$6.50$27.00
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Saigon Cinnamon (aka Vietnamese Cinnamon) is the strongest and sweetest species of Cinnamon available. Ours is freshly milled from organically grown quills to get the most intense flavor possible. Holds up to Vietnamese Pho and full-flavor meats; makes a great addition to yogurt; or ratchet up your baking with this powerful, nearly hot cinnamon flavor.

 

Although packaged by weight, the whole bulk bag contains roughly a dozen 2.75″ quills.

 

Quick Tips:

  • Add 1-2 tsp Saigon Cinnamon to 1 cup Straus Family Organic yogurt.
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Cloves

$9.25$25.00

Despite attempts at clove monopolies, by the 18th century cloves were grown in many places including Brazil, Tanzania, and Madagascar.  The whole Clove looks much like a nail, hence its French namesake, “clou” (nail).

Use in pastries, puddings, cooked fruits, and cakes, or sprinkle on oatmeal for a treat. Also yummy in stews and vegetables. Pairs well with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

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Dashi Kombu

$10.35

Edible kelp used in Japanese cuisine to make dashi, a nutritious all purpose kombu soup stock. Use also to season sushi rice, to add an umami flavor to your cooking, or to ease digestion with dried bean dishes. Our Kombu is wild harvested off the coast of Maine.  It provides high concentrations of iodine, calcium, potassium, iron, carotene, and B vitamins.

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Fennel

$7.25$19.60

Used for hundreds of years, fennel has been credited by some to increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers and aiding diets by calming hungry stomachs.

Fennel is best added at the end of cooking to preserve its flavor.  Use in meat and vegetable dishes, starches and grains, sauces and herbed butter, salads, eggs, baked goods, and even beverages such as tea and wine.

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Garlic

$8.50$27.00
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Consumed by Greek athletic competitors, by Egyptian pyramid builders, and by Roman soldiers, garlic has historically been credited for providing strength and speed.

Sprinkle on bread with butter, and toast for a flavorful punch.  Or, when the texture of garlic is undesired, but the flavor a must, garlic powder is the solution, especially for sauces and recipes with liquid to absorb the powder.

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Ginger

$9.25$25.00

Due to its appearance, Ginger was originally referred to as Horn Root. Versatile enough to use in both sweet and savory dishes, ginger is known for its spicy, sweet, and warm flavor.

Use in savory sauces, curries, chutney, and stir fry as well as in cookies, cakes and other desserts.   Often called for in Chinese, Caribbean and Japanese cuisine.

 

Recommended Recipes:

Hoisin Meatballs

Ginger Molasses Stars

Ginger Spice Cookies

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Kaffir Lime Leaf

$8.50$16.90

Native to South Asia, and popular in Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine.  Try in chili and soup recipes.  Tip: helps keep the odor in check when steaming snails.

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Khmeli Suneli

$10.00$27.00

Traditional spice and herb blend from the land of the Russian Czars, used to enhance anything from chicken to veggies to fruit sauces. It is a key ingredient of regional dishes such as Satsivi, a cold walnut sauce, and Tkemali, a savory Georgian plum sauce that is as versatile as catsup. Coriander, herbs, paprika, with a touch of Saffron form the base seasoning, which provides a Georgian accent to eggs, soups, sauces and more.

Hand blended in small batches with: coriander, savory, dill weed, parsley, fenugreek, marjoram, peppermint, pepper, celery seed, paprika, bay, and saffron.

Recipe Links:

Tkemali (Georgian Plum Sauce)

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Peppercorn, Sichuan

$10.50$28.35

A key ingredient in our Chinese Five Spice, Sichuan Peppercorns are also used in Nepali (Gurkha), Tibetan and Bhutanese cooking.  Chowmein in Nepal is often served with a Sichuan Pepper sauce. Sichuan has lemon overtones and causes a tingling of the mouth when eaten.

Great in stir fries, sauces & combined with Chiles in Chinese dishes.

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Sesame Seeds, Black

$7.25$19.60

Black Sesame Seeds have more flavor and a stronger aroma than Hulled Sesame Seeds, and are popular in Far Eastern cuisine.  The coined term “open sesame” originated by the sound made from the sesame seed pod bursting open when it’s ripe.

Use in Asian cooking, sushi rolls, rice dishes, salads, and breads.

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