Frenetic demand recorded in Caraway seeds market in last two weeks from Far East, South Asia and Middle East.
Crop in Madagascar is much smaller this season. Prices for Cloves have started looming upwards. Wild exchange fluctuations are also resulting in market chaos.
Cumin found in China has a much bigger crop this season (still inferior to Indian Cumin in terms of taste). However price has strong due to international demand for the spice.
EU Alert – Whole Star Anise and Cassia from Vietnam may be coloured in Vietnam using a non-food approved Dye – Solvent Orange 3. This has led to brighter colour appearances, but unsafe product for health reasons. We also find the taste to be artificial.
Cassia new crop arrives – late and smaller than ever before. Prices are up, and hard to get quality. Due to increase in costs of cassia farming, and poor weather.