The Spice Trade

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

Nutrition and Buying Tips: Saffron

Regency Grade Saffron Strands

Back to: All Nutrition and Buying Tips All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of Saffron strands. Proximates Water 0.08g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.08g Total lipid (fat) 0.04g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.46g Fiber, total dietary 0g Minerals Calcium, Ca 1mg Iron, Fe 0.08mg Magnesium, Mg 2mg Phosphorus, P 2mg Potassium, K 12mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.01mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mg Thiamin 0.001mg Riboflavin 0.002mg Niacin 0.01mg Vitamin B-6 0.007mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 4 IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Fennel Seeds

Regency Grade Fennel Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (2g) of fennel seeds Proximates Water 0.18g Energy 7kcal Protein 0.32g Total lipid (fat) 0.3g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.05g Fiber, total dietary 0.8g Minerals Calcium, Ca 24mg Iron, Fe 0.37mg Magnesium, Mg 8mg Phosphorus, P 10mg Potassium, K 34mg Sodium, Na 2mg Zinc, Zn 0.07mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.008mg Riboflavin 0.007mg Niacin 0.121mg Vitamin B-6 0.009mg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 3IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated 0.01g Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.198g Fatty … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Ginger

Dried Ginger Roots

All values below are per 1 tsp (2g) of raw ginger root. Proximates Water 1.58g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.04g Total lipid (fat) 0.02g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.36g Fiber, total dietary 0.0g Sugars, total 0.03g Minerals Calcium, Ca 0mg Iron, Fe 0.01mg Magnesium, Mg 1mg Phosphorus, P 1mg Potassium, K 8mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.01mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.1mg Thiamin 0.000mg Riboflavin 0.001mg Niacin 0.015 mg Vitamin B-6 0.003mg Folate, DFE 0µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.01mg Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU … keep reading

Nutrition and Buying tips: Garlic

Garlic Flakes

All values below are per 1 tsp (3.1g) of ground Garlic. Be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices! Proximates Water 0.2g Energy 10kcal Protein 0.51g Total lipid (fat) 0.02g Carbohydrate, by difference 2.25g Fiber, total dietary 0.3g Sugars, total 0.08g Minerals Calcium, Ca 2mg Iron, Fe 0.18mg Magnesium, Mg 2mg Phosphorus, P 13mg Potassium, K 37mg Sodium, Na 2mg Zinc, Zn 0.09mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0mg Thiamin 0.013mg Riboflavin 0.004mg Niacin 0.025mg Vitamin B-6 0.051mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin E … keep reading

Health benefits of Onions and Garlic

onions

Onions have been known to be one of the healthiest root vegetables, and with good reason. While vegetables like leeks and onions don’t contain very many vitamins, they are an outstanding source of allyl sulfides. These are biological compounds which have been shown to help lower blood pressure and slow down tumour growth. In other words, they have literally been observed to prevent cancer and help with certain heart diseases. Another important nutrient in these vegetables is Quercetin. It’s been shown to be beneficially helpful to people suffering from arthritis. In some instances, there is also strong evidence to show … keep reading

The dark truth behind powdered spices – Garlic

garlic-powder

Have you ever wondered why spices in the supermarket don’t smell or taste as good as those found in street markets? Or why you can’t really tell when they’ve lost flavour sitting in your spice rack for years? What about if you were told that for the majority of powdered spices, most of the aromas and flavours have already long faded away Don’t believe it? Read on and you’ll see part of the knowledge we’ve amassed over the decades. Our aim has always been to improve transparency in the industry for consumers, to educate and allow cooks to make more … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Turmeric

Regency grade Turmeric Roots

All values below are per 1 tsp (3g) of Ground Turmeric. Proximates Water 0.39g Energy 9kcal Protein 0.29g Total lipid (fat) 0.10g Carbohydrate, by difference 2.01g Fiber, total dietary 0.7g Sugars, total 0.10g Minerals Calcium, Ca 5mg Iron, Fe 1.65mg Magnesium, Mg 6mg Phosphorus, P 9mg Potassium, K 62mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.14mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.0mg Thiamin 0.002mg Riboflavin 0.004mg Niacin 0.041mg Vitamin B-6 0.003mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.13g Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Vitamin K … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Cardamom

cardamom pods

All values below are per 1 tsp (2g) of grounded cardamom. Be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices! Proximates Water 0.17g Energy 6kcal Protein 0.22g Total lipid (fat) 0.13g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.37g Fiber, total dietary 0.6g Minerals Calcium, Ca 8mg Iron, Fe 0.28mg Magnesium, Mg 5mg Phosphorus, P 4mg Potassium, K 22mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.15mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.004mg Riboflavin 0.004mg Niacin 0.022mg Vitamin B-6 0.005mg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D … keep reading

Price updates: Indian Spices

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The peak arrival seasons for most spices are over. Now that farmers and factories alike have also begun to book in purchase orders, many prices have stabilised and begun dropping as farmers clear stock. We expect most prices to remain at these levels for now, but expect seed prices to increase gradually. Our market rate below for spices: Kashmiri Chilli Festival season in India is approaching later this month, we expect prices to rise. 50G (1.8 OZ) PRICE: USD 6 100G (3.5 OZ) PRICE: USD 8 200G (7.1 OZ) PRICE: USD 10 Black Peppercorns As competing Pepper growing in Vietnam … keep reading