The Spice Trade

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

Nutrition and buying tips: Saffron

Regency grade Saffron

All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of saffron. Proximates Water 0.08g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.08g Total lipid (fat) 0.04g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.46g Fiber, total dietary 0.0g 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 0.010mg Vitamin B-6 0.007mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 4IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated 0.011g Fatty acids, total monounsaturated … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Mace

Regency grade mace

All values below are per 1 tsp (1.7g) of ground mace. Proximates Water 0.14g Energy 8kcal Protein 0.11g Total lipid (fat) 0.55g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.86g Fiber, total dietary 0.3g Minerals Calcium, Ca 4mg Iron, Fe 0.24mg Magnesium, Mg 3mg Phosphorus, P 2mg Potassium, K 8mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.04mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.005mg Riboflavin 0.008mg Niacin 0.023mg Vitamin B-6 0.003mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 1µg Vitamin A, IU 14IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated 0.162g Fatty acids, total … keep reading

Cinnamon prices and trade tricks

Types of Cinnamon

Cinnamon prices have been on rocketing up for the majority of this year. Prices are up over 150% since April when the fresh crop came in! We saw this happening earlier, and there are still no signs of a slowdown. One interesting point to note however, is that prices have still not reached their all time high in the 80’s. In order to maintain the same quality cinnamon, we will be increasing our prices while the market remains high, as it’s now time for us to re-order. Unlike many whole spices, Cinnamon is one that can be tampered with to … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Nutmeg

Regency grade Nutmeg

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.2g) of ground nutmeg. Proximates Water 0.14g Energy 12kcal Protein 0.13g Total lipid (fat) 0.80g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.08g Fiber, total dietary 0.5g Sugars, total 0.07g Minerals Calcium, Ca 4mg Iron, Fe 0.07mg Magnesium, Mg 4mg Phosphorus, P 5mg Potassium, K 8mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.05mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.1mg Thiamin 0.008mg Riboflavin 0.001mg Niacin 0.029mg Vitamin B-6 0.004mg Folate, DFE 2µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 2IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Vitamin K 0µg Lipids Fatty acids, … keep reading

Fresh banana bread, spiced with vanilla (Recipe)

photo: Celia Hu

Fresh baked bread is undeniably one of the tastiest fresh foods we’ve ever invented. So why not go a step further and make it more exciting with spices! This recipe uses vanilla pods, one of the most exotic and fragrant spices known. Fresh vanilla pods are incredibly easy to use, and also are much more flavourful than vanilla extract. To extract fresh vanilla, first slice a vanilla pod in half, then use a knife or spoon to scoop out the delicious paste inside. The heavier your vanilla pod, the more paste you’ll get! Here’s a picture taken with one of … keep reading