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Mace & Nutmeg prices on the rise thanks to El Nino


Basic background of nutmeg production in the world India and Indonesia, the two largest producers for Nutmeg in the world, both claim that this season Nutmeg crop has been severely damaged by El Niño. Indian production is general consumed within India, leaving Indonesia as the world’s largest exporter for the spice. Thus problems with Indonesian crop usually mean large pressures on Nutmeg sellers around the world. El Niño’s impact on Nutmeg and Mace farming El Niño is the natural phenomenon associated with a band of extra warm ocean waters, and accompanied by changes in air pressure. It’s unpredictable, and occurs … keep reading

Traditional Thai Massaman Curry with Beef (Recipe)

massaman curry beef spices mace

Recipe: Beef Massaman Curry Serves: 4 Ingredients For the tamarind water 60g tamarind paste 150ml warm water For the curry paste 10 dried kashmiri chillies, seeds removed, roughly chopped 2 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tsp green cardamom seeds (from about 20 green cardamom pods) 16 cloves 8cm cinnamon stick 2 large pieces of blade mace 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder 10g of fresh coriander leaves 3 tbsp vegetable oil 200g shallots or onions, roughly chopped 25g garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped 25g fresh root ginger, roughly chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, soft inner core … 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

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

Spice cheat sheet: Your one stop spice resource


SPICE (click to see more info) BIRTHPLACE USED COMMONLY IN Bay Leaves Turkey Curries, stews, soups, and generally all sauces with a long cooking time Black Pepper India All cuisines as seasoning, chinese sauces, tea Caraway Finland Beef, chicken, vegetable dishes, breads Cardamom India Tea, curries, soups, rubs, desserts Cassia China Desserts, spice rubs, tea, soup, sauces, baked goods, grilled dishes Chilli Worldwide Almost all dishes, also marinades, salsas Cinnamon Sri Lanka Baked goods, desserts Clove Tanzania Tea, soups, french sauces, noodles, pork, beef, vegetable dishes Cubeb Indonesia In place of pepper in Asian cuisine Cumin India Bread, vegetable, curry, … keep reading

A Guide to Checking the Quality of Spices


Spices come in many shapes, forms, and sizes. Chilies for example come in over a hundred commonly sold varieties around the world, sometimes as pods, sometimes powdered, and always with subtle differences. So how do you tell whether what you have is a good quality spice? How do you know how much to put in cooking – too much in cooking can ruin a dish; too little can leave a dish bland, and unsatisfying. Below are practical consumer tips compiled as a result of the 60+ years that our family has bought, manufactured, traded, and sold spices to household brands, … keep reading