Spice Cuisine: Scandinavian Spices and Seasonings

Scandinavian cuisine was brought to America by immigrants and has had a strong influence on the regional dishes of the northern Midwest (including Chicago and Milwaukee) where large groups of those immigrants settled. The foods of the cold northern countries of Scandinavia tend to be solid, heavy, and warming. With so much coastline, it's no surprise that fish play a lead role in Scandinavian cuisine, along with herbs like dill and parsley that grow there. In the wonderful baking of Scandinavian countries, warming spices like ginger and cardamom are popular. The spices listed below are those most frequently used in Scandinavian cooking.

Almond Extract

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Almond extract, among the baking extracts, is second only to vanilla in popularity. It it strong, sweet, clear, and pure in flavor. If you've ever be…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Seville Bitter Orange Peel Zest

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Seville oranges, also called bitter oranges, are not as pungently citrusy as the oranges we eat. The dehydrated zest from these oranges is milder an…