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Spice Trade — turmeric

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

Journey through the bad factories: Turmeric

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Our latest visit to Turmeric factories in India proved to be eye-opening. We decided to take a trip into some other factories, to see how the competition fared (under the guise of being potential customers) and also to genuinely see how certain turmeric could be priced so much cheaper than our own! Below are images compiled from 3 different ones in Western India. For their own integrity and privacy, we cannot be more specific the factory names or addresses. Entering the factories The first thing our eyes were greeted with at Factory number 2. It was raining, ground muddy, raw...

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

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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). photo: Joana Petrova 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 best results, use Kashmiri Chillies)– ¼...

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Nutrition and buying tips: Turmeric

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All values below are per 1 tsp (3g) of Ground Turmeric. ProximatesWater 0.39gEnergy 9kcalProtein 0.29gTotal lipid (fat) 0.10gCarbohydrate, by difference 2.01gFiber, total dietary 0.7gSugars, total 0.10g MineralsCalcium, Ca 5mgIron, Fe 1.65mgMagnesium, Mg 6mgPhosphorus, P 9mgPotassium, K 62mgSodium, Na 1mgZinc, Zn 0.14mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.0mgThiamin 0.002mgRiboflavin 0.004mgNiacin 0.041mgVitamin B-6 0.003mgFolate, DFE 1µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 0µgVitamin A, IU 0IUVitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.13gVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IUVitamin K 0.4µg LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.055gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.013gFatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.023gCholesterol 0mg Tips on buying quality Turmeric Turmeric comes in many varieties and colours. Our...

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Price updates: Indian Spices

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The peak arrival seasons for most spices are over. Now that farmers and factories alike have also begun to book in purchase orders, many prices have stabilised and begun dropping as farmers clear stock. We expect most prices to remain at these levels for now, but expect seed prices to increase gradually. Our market rate below for spices: Kashmiri ChilliFestival season in India is approaching later this month, we expect prices to rise.50G (1.8 OZ) PRICE: USD 6100G (3.5 OZ) PRICE: USD 8200G (7.1 OZ) PRICE: USD 10  Black PeppercornsAs competing Pepper growing in Vietnam has still just been released...

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Turmeric: The spice which started a medical revolution

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Not all natural remedies are worth anything, but when one ingredient in particular gets the whole world excited, it’s worth a closer look. Once discarded as a fraud herbal remedy, in 1995, Turmeric found itself to be the centre of attention in the medical world. Ever since then, the nature of medicines have been drifting further apart from science, and into the realm of the unknown. Turmeric is a fairly common spice. It’s used as an essential ingredient throughout India, as well as in a number of other cuisines. But the spice itself is not as innocent or normal as...

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