Spices - Information and Spice Variations

Spices come from the bark, root, seeds, and fruits of plants, as opposed to leafy herbs. There are thousands of edible plants adding flavor to foods all over the world, and the drive to find these flavors are bring them home played a large role in the exploration of the world.

Ajowan Seeds

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Ajowan seed is also known as Ajwain seed and Carom. This spice is popular in southern Indian style cooking. It has a flavor reminiscent of thyme; a…

Aleppo Pepper

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Aleppo chili pepper comes to us from southern Turkey, near the Syrian town of Aleppo, which is considered one of the culinary meccas of the Mediterra…

Allspice Berries, Whole or Ground

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Our premium berries from Jamaica have a sweet flavor reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Even though its name suggests a mixture o…

Amchoor Powder, Powdered Green Mango

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Amchoor is a powder made from dried unripe green mangoes. It has a delicious honey-like fragrance and a sour fruity flavor. Amchoor is used in curr…

Spanish Anise Seed, Whole or Ground

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Anise seed is native to the Mediterranean basin, and has been used throughout history in both sweet and savory applications. Anise has long been know…

Annato Seeds

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Annato seed is also known as achiote. This seed grows on the annato tree. It is used primarily in Mexican and Caribbean cooking to impart a rich ye…

Bell Peppers, Red or Green Dehydrated Diced Pieces

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Bell Peppers are very sweet and colorful, with a concentrated flavor. It takes 10 pounds of fresh raw bell peppers to make one pound of these dehydr…

Cacao Nibs, Roasted

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These are simply the cleaned, roasted, winnowed and lightly crushed cacao beans. Their taste is nicely bittersweet, and they have the crunchy, toasty…

Caraway Seeds, Whole or Ground

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Caraway seeds are on the shopping list for most of our German customers. This traditional taste is used in sauerkraut, coleslaw, goulash, stews, che…

Black Cardamom Pods

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These black (actually brownish) pods are not "true" cardamom, but come from a closely related species. The flavor is very similar but much stronger …

Green Cardamom, Whole Fancy Pods, Inner Seeds or Ground

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Cardamom has a unique flavor and aroma that is hard to put into words. It defies the boundaries of normal sensory comparisons. It is compellingly st…

White Cardamom Pods

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When cardamom, a native of India, was first introduced to Scandinavia, it had to survive a lengthy sea voyage before reaching markets. The long expos…

Cassia Buds

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Cassia Buds are the unopened flowers of the cassia (cinnamon) tree that are picked just before blooming and dried in the sun. Cassia buds look lik…

Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is our hottest ground red pepper, this cayenne clocks in at 40,000 scoville heat units (HOT!). In early American cooking, cayenne p…

Celery Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Celery seed's most popular usage is in coleslaw and potato salads. Celery seed is a small, somewhat bitter, seed often found as an ingredient in col…

Charnushka, Nigella Sativa

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Charnuska is used in traditional Lebanese,Indian, Serbian, and Armenian cuisines. Also known as Black Cumin, Black Caraway seed, or Black Onion seed…

Ancho Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Ancho peppers are the dried version of Poblano, or "people" peppers. Their flavor is somewhat sweet and somewhat raisin-like, with medium heat. The o…

Meco Brown Chipotle Chile Peppers

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Brown Chipotle chiles are a medium heat, 4-6 on a scale of 10. Underneath the smokey flavor lies a grassy, light-spicy fruitiness. They are larger …

Ghost Peppers, Bhut Jolokia Hot Chiles

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Known by several names, including Bhut Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, and poison pepper, these fiery chilies are best known in the West as Ghost Peppers. Th…

Guajillo Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Guajillo chile peppers are very common to Mexican cooking. To quote our local chile expert, Rick Bayless, "These are workhorse chiles with a lot of …

Habanero Chile Peppers, Whole Or Ground

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Prior to the discovery of the "ghost" pepper, Habanero peppers were our hottest chiles. While they won't scorch you quite as much as ghost pepper, th…

Jalapeno Chile Peppers, Diced Pieces Or Ground

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Jalapeno peppers are probably the most popular of the chile pepper family, due to its flavorful heat. Our diced jalapeno has most of the hot inner s…

Morita Black-and-Red Whole Dried Chipotle Chile Peppers

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Black and Red Chipotle chiles average around a 6 on the 1-10 heat scale. These chiles, nicknamed "Morita" are more attractive than the brown chipotl…

Mulato Dried Chili Peppers

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Poblano peppers left to ripen to a rich brown color before being dried produce this member of the “holy trinity” of chiles (along with ancho and…

New Mexican "Anaheim" Chile Peppers, Whole Or Ground

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New Mexican chile pepper pods have a marvelous sweet, pungent, earthy flavor which you might find quite addicting. These chiles are also known as Ca…

Pasilla Negro Chile Peppers

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Pasilla chiles have a long, purple pod similar to ancho chile peppers. Pasillas are one of the most popular chiles. Pasilla teams with ancho and mul…

Scorpion Peppers, Trinidad Moruga

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Meet the new record holder for World’s Hottest Pepper – this fiery morsel averages a mind-blowing 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units, with some pepp…

Tien Tsin Chinese Hot Red Chile Peppers

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Tien Tsin chile peppers are named after the province of China in which they are harvested. These chile peppers fall under the category of "exotics,"…

Chile de Arbol Peppers

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Chile De Arbol Peppers are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod. The Spanish translation of the name means "treelike." These b…

Cinnamon, Whole Stick Indonesian Korintje Cassia

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Cut and washed, thick quill cassia vera AA from Padang, Sumatra. These cinnamon sticks are available in a variety of lengths. Choose whatever best s…

Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, Whole or Ground

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Cinnamomum zeylanicum These tightly-rolled quills are very delicate. They feel like parchment paper, which you can break apart with your fingertips…

Chinese "Tung Hung" Cassia Cinnamon

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This cinnamon, Cinnamomum cassia , has a high 3 - 4% natural oil and is appreciated for its rich, sweet yet slightly spicy flavor. The reason we sto…

Indonesian "Korintje" Cassia Cinnamon, Ground

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Cinnamomum burmannii The standard cinnamon used in most Western applications. This is the cinnamon flavor with which we are most familiar. From Ind…

Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Whole, Cracked or Ground

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This cinnamon, Cinnamomum loureiroi , is by far our most popular, and we're proud of its sweet, spicy flavor and freshness. If we had to pick a sign…

Cloves, Whole or Ground

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Cloves are by far the most prominent of the spices known as "flower spices." Just before the buds blossom, they turn pink, at which point they must …

Coriander Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Coriander is a pleasantly sweet spice with a lemony top note. It is commonly used in chili and curry dishes. The coriander plant produces both a spic…

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

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Our Crushed Red Pepper Flakes are medium hot, but not overwhelming, and add a nice chile flavor to any dish. Approximately 20,000 heat units, these …

Indian Cumin Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Cumin is a crucial ingredient in several world cuisines. It has a unique and potent flavor crucial to Indian curries, where it's often roasted before…

Dill Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Dill seed's most common use, in the United States, is to flavor cucumber pickles. Use 2-3 teaspoons per quart for dill pickles. These seeds are als…

Fennel Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Fennel Seed has a delicate flavor; light and sweet, similar to anise. Use of fennel has a long history, dating back to the Chinese and Hindus who use…

Fennel Pollen, Organic

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Fennel Pollen has a flavor that is incredible--like taking the fennel seed, sweetening it and then intensifying it a hundred times. In an article fo…

Fenugreek Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Fenugreek seeds are used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking. It is an ingredient in most curries and chutneys. Like fennel, fenugreek has been culti…

Garlic Pieces, Chopped or Minced

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Garlic pieces are offered in two sizes: chopped and minced. Chopped pieces are about 1/4", and are perfect for long cooking times, such as stews, ma…

Garlic Powders, Granulated, Roasted or Very Fine Powder

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These garlic powders, grown in California, are offered in 3 forms: regular granulated, roasted granulated, and very fine powder. Regular granulated …

China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder

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Dehydrated Ginger root comes in whole and powdered form. It is very healthy and useful for baking, marinades and sauces. Once you find ginger creep…

Grains of Paradise

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Grains of Paradise come from West Africa, where they grow on a leafy plant and are easily harvested. The name comes from Medieval spice traders look…

New Mexican Green Chile Powder

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We are very sorry, but this year demand exceeded supply. We will not have more of this product in stock until after they harvest in the fall. This is…

Juniper Berries

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Juniper berries are used primarily to flavor wild game. Due to the many hunters among our customers, juniper berries have always been in great dem…

Lemon Peel Zest

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Lemon Peel is an intensely flavored dehydrated lemon zest that will save you time in your baking activities. It is the dehydrated zest of the lemon;…

Licorice Root, Organic Chopped

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The flavor of licorice is often associated with those hard, chewy black candies that use artificial licorice flavor. The flavor of real licorice is …

Lime Peel Zest

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Lime Peel is a tangy ingredient for marinades. This is the dehydrated version of the zest of the lime, which you will see called for in a variety of…

Mace, Whole Blade Or Ground

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Mace is the outer shell of the nutmeg fruit. It has a lighter, sweeter flavor. Should you open the small, plum-sized fruit of the nutmeg tree, ins…

Yellow Mustard Powder, Hot

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This is the sharp, hot type of mustard that usually comes with egg rolls in Chinese restaurants. It will make your eyes water!

Yellow Mustard Powder, Mild

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This yellow mustard powder is very mild mustard for those who like less heat. Most often used in salad dressings, macaroni and cheese, bechamel, or …

Yellow Mustard Powder, Regular

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This regular mustard powder has a bit of heat. This would be the mustard powder most similar to the English Coleman's mustard. Use mustard powder to…

Brown Mustard Seed, Whole

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Brown mustard seeds, Brassica juncea , are from a plant commonly grown in India, China and Africa. These pungent seeds are preferred over yellow in m…

Brown Mustard Seed, Crushed

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Crushed brown mustard seeds are called Bavarian-style mustard. These brown mustard seeds are nice for making a sharp tasting coarse mustard paste, w…

Yellow Mustard Seed, Hot

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These mustard seeds (Brassica hirta ) have a very sharp heat, compared to regular yellow mustard seeds. Use them in Asian recipes or to make your own…

Yellow Mustard Seed, Regular

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Yellow mustard seeds, Brassica alba , are commonly used in European and American cooking. This is the type called for in most pickling and canning r…

Nutmeg, Whole Or Ground

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Nutmeg has a flavor that is quite strong. In small amounts, it blends in with great subtlety. You will find it called for in many vegetable recipes …

White Onions, Minced, Chopped or Sliced Dehydrated Pieces

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Dehydrated white onions are a simple easy way to add real onions without slicing, dicing and crying! Easily add a bit of onion flavor to any dish, w…

Granulated Onion, White or Toasted

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Onion powder is a great way to add onion flavor (and your kids won't know it's there). No more crying in the kitchen! Easily add a bit of onion fla…

Orange Peel Zest

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Our orange peel is just as tangy as freshly grated zest, and far less work. These extra fancy California small minced pieces offer exceptional flavo…

California Sweet Paprika

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California paprika is ground from a beautiful, deep red hybrid pepper grown in California. Where traditional Hungarian sweet paprika has a slightly …

Hungarian Half-Sharp Paprika

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Half-sharp Hungarian paprika is a spicier, hotter version of Hungarian sweet paprika. This paprika is ground from a hotter variety of paprika pepper…

Hungarian Sweet Paprika

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Sweet Hungarian paprika is perfect for your favorite goulash or deviled eggs. Fresh paprika has a full, sweet pepper flavor without the heat. It's …

Smoked Hot Spanish Paprika, Pimenton de la Vera Picante

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Spanish Smoked Hot Paprika ia also known as Pimenton de la Vera, Picante. It is a popular ingredient in many Mediterranean recipes, and essential to…

Smoked Sweet Spanish Paprika, Pimenton de la Vera Dulce

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Spanish Smoked Sweet Paprika is also known as Pimenton de la Vera, Dulce. It is a popular ingredient in many Mediterranean recipes. Anyone from Spai…

Tellicherry Ground Black Pepper

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Black Tellicherry pepper is ground fresh here at The Spice House weekly. This is the freshest, most robust, ground pepper you can buy. We grind onl…

White Malaysian Pepper, Ground

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White peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. They are soaked in water, which softens the shells, whereupon the shells are removed. Their f…

Green Mysore Peppercorns

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These dehydrated green peppercorns have a sharp, crisp flavor. Green peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. The berries are picked earli…

Lampong Indonesian Black Peppercorns

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Black Lampong peppercorns are a young, sharp black pepper. These peppercorns from Indonesia are picked earlier in the ripening process. They do not h…

Pink Peppercorns, Brazilian

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Pink peppercorns, or rose baises, are fun to use in cooking, as they add both a fruity flavor and bold, beautiful color. These berries are grown prim…

Tellicherry Black Peppercorns

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Tellicherry whole black peppercorns are left on the vine longer so they develop a deep, rich flavor. Considered the finest pepper in the world, thes…

White Malaysian Peppercorns

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White peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. They are soaked in water, which softens the shells, whereupon the shells are removed. Thei…

Poppy Seed, Dutch Blue, Whole or Ground

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Dutch blue poppy seed is useful for baking bread. This high-quality Holland, A-1 Extra Fancy poppy seed has become increasingly difficult to find in…

Coupe Grade Spanish Saffron

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Not always available because of its rarity, this is the highest quality of saffron from the top country of origin. All the threads have been hand-sel…

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron, Powdered

The reason saffron is the highest-priced of spices is because of the intensive hand labor required to cultivate and harvest it. It is the stamen of a…

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron

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Although other substitutes can provide a rich golden color, saffron has a distinctive flavor for which there simply is no substitute. Most recipes …

Sansho Japanese Pepper, Whole or Ground

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The unripened seedpods of the Japanese prickly ash (Zanthoxylum piperitum), these little green fireballs really pack a punch! Hand-harvested in…

White or Toasted Sesame Seeds

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Sesame seeds, with their wonderful nutty flavor, are great added to so many dishes: green salads or pasta salads, stir fry, for encrusting chicken o…

Black Sesame Seeds

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Black sesame seeds are very popular in Asian cuisine. We have several restaurant chef customers who like to use a combination of black and white s…

Shallots

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Shallots are a member of the onion family, often described as a cross between onion and garlic. Their flavor is light, sweet and delicate, and we hav…

Sichuan Peppercorns

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Sichuan Peppercorns, also spelled Szechwan and Szechuan, are back after a long absence. Sichuan pepper (xanthoxylum peperitum) is native to the Sich…

Broken Pieces or Ground Star Anise

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Whole Broken Pieces or Ground Star Anise are practical for cooking purposes. The broken pieces will give you the same flavor at a third of the price…

Hand-Selected Whole Star Anise

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Whole, perfect Star Anise are really quite a beautiful wonder of nature, with eight points and a seed in each point. Costly because they are picked o…

Sumac

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Sumac has a tart flavor that is very nice sprinkled on fish, chicken, over salad dressings, rice pilaf, or over raw onions. Try substituting in any d…

Toasted Onion, Minced or Sliced Dehydrated Pieces

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Dehydrated toasted onions are a simple easy way to add real onions without slicing, dicing and crying! Easily add a bit of onion flavor to any dish,…

Tomato Powder

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Tomato powder has a flavor so rich and tomato-ey you won't believe it, until you taste it. It's the sweetest red tomatoes of the crop, spray-dried in…

Turmeric

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Turmeric, essential to curry powder, is a member of the ginger family. It has a light, musky flavor along with a brilliant golden-orange color for wh…

Urfa Biber Turkish Chile Pepper

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Commonly called for in Turkish cooking, urfa biber is a rich, fruity crushed pepper that’s delicious in all kinds of dishes. It’s got a little ki…

Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Vanilla Beans

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Vanilla is an indispensable flavoring for sweet foods. You will find whole vanilla beans called for in creme brulee, creme anglaise, most dessert sau…

Mexican Vanilla Beans

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Mexico has always had the reputation for the best vanilla, but it is much more difficult and expensive to produce the highest quality vanilla crops.…

Tahitian "Gold" Vanilla Beans

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We are very proud to offer these prize Tahitian vanilla beans to our customers. This is one of the few circumstances where being a smaller company ha…

Wasabi Powder

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Wasabi is a variety of green horseradish, the powder has a sharp flavor that's a bit hotter than the familiar white horseradish. Wasabi powder prov…

Namida Pure Wasabi Powder

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While we also carry the more conventional blended wasabi powder , we know our discerning customers will enjoy this pure ground wasabi root powder. …