Spice Cuisine: Greek and Turkish Spices and Seasonings

Greek and Turkish cuisines share many of their culinary traditions. Both cuisines rely on the use of many of the same spices and seasonings. We've got everything you'll need to create wonderful Greek and Turkish food at home, from dill and oregano to cumin and fenugreek.

Traditional Greek food is Byzantine, which blends Greek and Roman cookery. The most prominant ingredient is olive oil. Goat, sheep and fish are the primary proteins, as beef is not cultivated as much in the region. Another food component of note is filo pastry, that is used to make the well known dessert Baklava. Other Greek foods that are familiar to the Western palate are Spanakopita (spinach wrapped in filo), Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and Gyros (meat roasted on a turning spit) with Tzatziki (yogurt sauce with cucumber and garlic).

Turkish foods owe much to the history of the Ottoman empire, but share links with Arabic, Persian and Greek cuisines as well. Yogurt and cheeses made from sheep’s milk are artfully prepared here, and rice pilaf and bulgur wheat are common grains. Turks share in the Greek tendency to use abundant amounts of olive oil, as do most Mediterranean peoples. Grab some parsley, mint, cumin, and paprika and your'e ready to spice up a great Turkish dish!

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…

Turkish Bay Leaves, Whole or Powdered

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The flavor of these Turkish bay leaves is far milder and more complex than that of domestic bay; it adds a subtly sweet astringency to dishes. Only …

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…

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 Weed

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Dill Weed is a bright, tasty addition to dips and dressings, omelets, white sauces and soups. Today's dehydration process keeps the dill weed except…

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…

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 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 …

Greektown "Billygoat" Seasoning

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Greektown seasoning is great for marinating lamb shish-ka-bobs or making a gyros sauce. This light blend also pairs well with chicken and fish dishe…

Mediterranean Lamb Seasoning

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Use Mediterranean Lamb Seasoning to season any cut of lamb. For leg of lamb, an extremely tasty method of cooking is this: rinse lamb and generously…

Orange Flower Water

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Orange flower water is used in many Mediterranean dessert dishes. Oranges proliferate in Mediterranean countries. They are enjoyed as is, or in an a…

Greek Oregano

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Oregano is one of the most popular flavors of all the herbs. Used in Mediterranean and Southwestern cooking. Oregano was quite obscure in this count…

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 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…

Parsley Flakes

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Parsley flakes make a colorful garnish. The rich forest green color of this herb, along with its sweet flavor, makes it the ideal herb for both flav…

Preserved Lemons, Organic

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Preserved or pickled lemons are cured in a brine of salt water and lemon juice. They are mildly tart and intensely lemony, with a salty tang that ca…

Rose Water

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Rose water is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. It is used in many Mediterranean and Indian dessert dishes. This rose water is called for in…

Spearmint Leaves, Organic

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Spearmint is the most popular mint used for cooking. Mint has been a valued plant since the ancient world. In mythology, a nymph named Mentha caugh…

Sunny Greek Islands Salt-Free Seasoning

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The Greek Islands are known for intensely flavored food, using native ingredients like herbs, lemon and garlic as well as exotic imports like cinnamo…

Mediterranean Thyme, Broken Leaf or Ground

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Thyme is a great herb for every day cooking. We currently have several varieties of thyme available. The Mediterranean thyme (also called "European…

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…