The Spice Trade

Industry insider knowledge, and usage tips on spices and other ingredients

Nutrition and Buying tips: Cumin Seeds

Regency Grade Cumin Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.1g) of whole cumin seeds. If using powder, be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices! Proximates Water 0.17g Energy 8kcal Protein 0.37g Total lipid (fat) 0.47g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.93g Fiber, total dietary 0.2g Sugars, total 0.05g Minerals Calcium, Ca 20mg Iron, Fe 1.39mg Magnesium, Mg 8mg Phosphorus, P 10mg Potassium, K 38mg Sodium, Na 4mg Zinc, Zn 0.1mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.2mg Thiamin 0.013mg Riboflavin 0.007mg Niacin 0.096mg Vitamin B-6 0.009mg Folate, DFE 0µg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 1µg Vitamin A, … keep reading

Regency at Hong Kong Food Expo 2014


Backed by the support of the Hong Kong Food Council, Regency showcased it’s products to the Hong Kong public at the Hong Kong Food Expo 2014. From left to right: HK Food Council Manager Ms. Sally Chan, VIP Guest Mr. Lai Bun, Permanent Honorable President Mr. Lee Fuen, Vice President of The Hong Kong Food Council Dr. Leslie Wong, Regency Manager Mr. Sunit Dattani. Regency introduced it’s Five Spice Powder at the HK Food Expo, which was extremely well received by the Hong Kong public. Until the end of this month, Regency is also offering a special 30% discount to … keep reading

Nutrition and Buying Tips: White Pepper

Regency Grade White Pepper

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.4g) of ground white peppercorns. Please note White Pepper varies dramatically in quality – White Pepper is a result of deshelling Black Pepper, which can vary by as much as 100% in density. As a result, values below may vary drastically between qualities of White Pepper. Below is the quantity of average grade white pepper (density around 400-450g/l), note Regency Grade is 580-620g/l, so you can expect higher values for most of the below besides water with our white pepper. Proximates* Water* 0.27g Energy* 7kcal Protein* 0.25g Total lipid (fat)* 0.05g Carbohydrate, by … keep reading

Nutrition and Buying Tips: Black Pepper

Regency Grade Black Pepper

Back to: All Nutrition and Buying Tips All values below are per 1 tsp (2.9g) of whole black peppercorns. Please note Black Pepper varies dramatically in quality, as it’s sold in industry by density, which can vary by 100%. The values below are for the average pepper (400-450g/l), Regency Black Peppers have a density of 580-620g/l or greater, the highest grade possible, and will therefore have higher values for most of the below; except for water, which will be less! Proximates* Water* 0.36g Energy* 7kcal Protein* 0.3g Total lipid (fat)* 0.09g Carbohydrate, by difference* 1.85g Fiber, total dietary* 0.7g Sugars, … keep reading

Nutrition and Buying Tips: Coriander Seed

Regency Grade Coriander Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (1.8g) of coriander seeds. Proximates Water 0.16g Energy 5kcal Protein 0.22g Total lipid (fat) 0.32g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.99g Fiber, total dietary 0.8g Minerals Calcium, Ca 13mg Iron, Fe 0.29mg Magnesium, Mg 6mg Phosphorus, P 7mg Potassium, K 23mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.08mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.004mg Riboflavin 0.005mg Niacin 0.038mg Folate, DFE 0µg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated 0.018g Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.244g Fatty … keep reading

Nutmeg and Mace, the stages of life you’ve never seen!


Nutmeg and Mace are actually part of the same fruit. Botanically speaking, they even have the same name. However, not all fruits are created equally, and certainly not all naturally created ones. As we solely focus on natural spices, we know where the problems stem from, and the tricks most companies use to profit the most from these problems (Hint: sell the bad ones in powdered form!) Nutmeg, historically native only to a small cluster of small volcanic islands in Indonesia, is now cultivated around the world with varying success. Nutmeg grows with an outer layer of Mace, and as … keep reading

9 health benefits about Cardamom, a super spice!

cardamom pods

Healthy food doesn’t need to mean bland food. Nutritionists, Dieticians, Health buffs, and most people interested in shaving off a few calories while keeping fit are constantly on the hunt for new healthy foods. After all, we can’t keep eating the same 5 items day in and out right? Variety is a must. Yet, most people seem to neglect spices and flavourings to use to spice up (pardon the pun) their cooking. Cardamom is one such “super-spice”. Although the facts below make it sound amazing, don’t consume it in high doses! Too much of anything cannot turn out well. Please … keep reading

Five Spice Powder: What’s the real recipe?

Five Spice Ingredients

Five Spice Powder is as famous a foreign ingredient can get, while remaining a complete mystery. Most people know what it is, but if you ask them the ingredients, you’ll be greeted with many blank stares, or incomplete answers. The reason is simple, there is no fixed recipe. In a way, Five Spice is a lot like what Curry Powder is for Indians. Ask any Indian household what curry powder is, and you’ll be quickly told that there are many kinds of different curry powders to suit individual curries. Recipes also vary from house to house, city to city, and … keep reading