The Spice Trade

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

Cooking with Sumac! Zaatar (Recipe)


Sumac is one of those elusive spices that most people could easily go a lifetime without noticing. Yet, the moment someone is introduced to it, they will always keep wanting more of it. Sumac is a spice with an extremely unique taste – very citrusy, which we liken to lime and berries. The best variety we’ve uncovered thus far comes from Lebanon, arguably one of the biggest consumers. It’s also a country that has a long-standing history with Sumac. You can read more about Sumac here, for now let’s discuss cooking! Sumac can be used in a variety of ways, … keep reading

Cloves and Black pepper on the move

Cloves Regency Spices

Black Pepper Vietnamese Pepper, normally bought for it’s cheaper cost compared to Indian Black Pepper, has been falling gradually in price. Prices have dropped nearly 20% in the last few months. Brazilian Black Pepper, a fairly new cultivator in the market, has shown new promise. Supply has been up and prices are very competitive this season. We will try it out and report back! However, at the moment, quality is not so great – many goods are unclean, similar to black pepper crop in Madagascar that we frequently hear complaints about. Indian crop has been good this season too, in … keep reading

Recipe: Aloo Matar (spiced indian potato and pea curry)

photo: Joana Petrova

This recipe hails from the North of India, but is extremely popular all over because of the simple and fresh ingredients used. Some households prefer a dryer texture, in which case omit the tomato and don’t make into a paste. This recipe is commonly enjoyed with Indian Basmati rice, poori and chapatis (roti). Ingredients – 2 medium potatoes (aloo), peeled and diced – ¾ to 1 cup peas (matar) – 1 tbsp almond powder (grind 8-9 almonds in dry grinder) – half tsp (3g) Cumin Seeds – Pinch of Asafoetida – ½ to 1 tsp (3-5g) Red chilli powder (for … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Aniseed

Regency grade Aniseed

Not to be confused with Star Anise, Aniseeds are an entirely different spice. To further add to the confusion, the also look like a third spice, but taste entirely different: Carom Seeds! All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of Aniseed. Proximates Water 0.20g Energy 7kcal Protein 0.37g Total lipid (fat) 0.33g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.05g Fiber, total dietary 0.3g Minerals Calcium, Ca 14mg Iron, Fe 0.78mg Magnesium, Mg 4mg Phosphorus, P 9mg Potassium, K 30mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.11mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.007mg Riboflavin 0.006mg Niacin 0.064mg Vitamin B-6 0.014mg Folate, … keep reading