Peek into the Spice Trade

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

Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

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Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

Phở is traditionally made with a strong beef broth, and normal vegetarian renditions which merely omit the meat taste bland and seriously lacking flavour. We’ve put together this full flavoured broth using some great ingredients, fresh spices and herbs that will challenge even the yummiest traditional beef broth pho. It’s now one of our favourite comfort foods, and very customizable to what fresh ingredients you have in your kitchen. The broth and noodles are the only staple, everything else is up to you! Recipe: Vegetarian Phở Serves: 2 IngredientsFor the broth– 1 large onion, peeled and halved– 1 tsp Fennel...

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Market Update: Hazelnut, Cinnamon

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COVID-19 has really started to affect all Indian Spices - India has been in a lockdown since March, which has just finally been lifted a few days ago. All supply is disrupted, roads, ports, airlines and couriers all have huge backlogs for months. Our stock levels will just survive, but new purchase prices will be at decade highs for several essential items. Hazelnut prices are on the move up, as Turkey being the world's largest producer, also faces supply shortages. This price rise is temporary and we believe it will relax down soon in the coming months. Sri Lankan Cinnamon prices are starting to fall finally,...

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Market Update: Cardamom, Onion Powder, Nutmeg, Mace

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Green Cardamom prices have gone to an all time high of several decades, rocketing up for the last 10 weeks in a row. We are still not sure what is the main source of this surge in demand, but it could be due to huge price rises in Vanilla over the last 2 years leading to development of new dessert flavours. Other dessert-type of spices including Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Mace have all seen steady price rises for the last 3-4 months. Onion Powder is finally dropping in price, due to warm and wet weather in producing regions (India, China are the biggest).

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Market Update: Pistachio, Cinnamon, Kampot Pepper

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Cinnamon (Cassia) prices have climbed tremendously in the last 2 months. Farmers claim very heavy rains leading to a lot of barks getting moulded. Due to low prices in recent few years, crop were also reduced. Pistachio prices have risen dramatically in the last 2 weeks. This appears to be general supply / demand issue and we expect it to be corrected back to normal in the coming few months. Kampot Peppercorn prices are gradually dropping. As the pepper gets more famous, more farmers have started getting licenses to grow this in the special Kampot region of Cambodia, and prices are slowly starting...

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Market Update: Cardamom, Paprika, Zaatar

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Cardamom prices have started stabilizing after reaching an all time high. This spice shot up around 3X price for bulk exports - and at some point in time prices in supermarkets were actually cheaper than importing! Prices have dropped a little bit since the peak, but are still more than double what they were in the start of summer. Paprika prices are starting to drop as the new crop of Paprika arrives in the market. Our prices will be updated shortly to reflect the seasonality of this product, which comes once a year. The price of Zaatar has begun soaring in the last 1...

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