$5.50 – $17.60
Black Mustard, though very similar to Brown Mustard, comes from a different plant — the Brassica Nigra. The seeds are very flavorful, but have almost no aroma. Black Mustard is thought to be the seed of which Jesus spoke.
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Cloves$7.00 – $22.40
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.
Galangal$6.50 – $20.80
While used for centuries as a culinary spice, Galangal root was also used in folk magic. It was believed that chewing the root and spitting on the courtroom floor was the way to win a court case.
A relative of Ginger, Galangal has a strong citrus flavor with a peppery hot finish. Use in Thai soups and curries. It can also be finely chopped and pounded for use in pastes and teas.
Chinese Five Spice$7.75 – $24.80
This classic Chinese blend combines the flavors of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent, to nourish and satisfy. Some say the name refers to the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – needed to restore balance. Use as dry rub for chicken, pork, duck, or seafood. Add to stir fries or soups, rice dishes and marinades. Hand blended in small batches with: cinnamon, star anise, fennel, Sichuan pepper, and clove.
Cinnamon ~ Indonesian Cassia$6.00 – $19.20
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.
Sea Salt, Kala Namak (Black Salt)$5.50 – $8.25
Popularly called “black salt,” this Indian mineral salt has a pinkish-grey color and a sulfurous taste. Commonly used in Indian cuisine as a condiment and as an ingredient in raitas, chaats, and chutneys.