Spice Trade — knowledge base

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

The Cajun Seasoning journey and how to use cajun spices

cajun seasoning knowledge base

In Asia we don’t often hear, or see much of American spice blends, perhaps due to the difference in tastebuds, or simply that nobody has tried as yet. Well, we couldn’t stop ourselves from exploring one of the US’s most famous seasonings: Cajun Seasoning, also known as Creole Seasoning / Spices. A good Cajun mix is extremely versatile, but very aggressively spiced and needs to be used with moderation. Yet we find that there are many different variations. Some call for cumin, some ignore it altogether, some are more aggressive on the chillies, and some are stronger with garlic and...

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Regency explores: White Peppercorns from India, Vietnam and Indonesia

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This season in White Pepper has been full of ups and downs. Floods, farmers hoarding stocks, late crop, and all kinds of excitement that ordinarily wouldn’t make anyone bat an eyelid at. At the end of it all, it’s made us select a new favourite variety of white peppercorns. Last year, we used to favour our Indian Malabar White Peppercorns. Famed for their earthy, rich pepper flavour and aromas, these white peppercorns are extremely heavy and pack a strong heat. Top grade White Peppercorns from India But we weren’t too happy with the colour after grinding. It isn’t too white...

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What is the difference between cumin, caraway, black cumin and nigella?

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We get this question a lot: What is the difference between cumin seeds and caraway seeds? They look almost the same! … and then they notice our “black cumin” which further adds to the confusion. Here’s a look at all of them side by side so you can visualise the similarities and difference, and then we’ll delve deeper: Cumin seeds are a first cousin of carrot and parsley, and a visual twin of the caraway seed. They are also often confused with black cumin, but let us first have a closer look at the mighty cumin seed. Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and...

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Parsley: Health and nutrition, plus how to buy it

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Regency grade Parsley Flakes Below are average values per 1 tsp (0.5g) of dried parsley leaves ProximatesWater 0.03gEnergy 1kcalProtein 0.13gTotal lipid (fat) 0.03gCarbohydrate, by difference 0.25gFiber, total dietary 0.1gSugars, total 0.04g MineralsCalcium, Ca 6mgIron, Fe 0.11mgMagnesium, Mg 2mgPhosphorus, P 2mgPotassium, K 13mgSodium, Na 2mgZinc, Zn 0.03mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mgThiamin 0.001mgRiboflavin 0.012mgNiacin 0.050mgVitamin B-6 0.005mgFolate, DFE 1µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 0µgVitamin A, IU 10IUVitamin E 0.04mgVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IUVitamin K (phylloquinone) 6.8µg LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.007gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.004gFatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.016gFatty acids, total trans 0.000gCholesterol 0mg Tips for buying good...

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Flaxseeds – one of the world’s healthiest foods

flaxseed knowledge base

Flaxseeds have a long, rich history. The Flax seed plant has been known since before the stone ages, and was used for culinary purposes as far back as Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Maybe even further back! Rome, a civilisation that was one of the pioneers of the food and spice trade, widely praised the health benefits of flax seeds. But their popularity declined with the fall of the Roman Empire, and it wasn’t until Charlemagne in France that Flax Seeds got popular again. Regency Grade Flaxseeds in-shell Flax Seeds also have a history in medical use. Not that the...

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