When pumpkins appear in the market, it is a sign of fall. This season, also referred to as autumn, is a period of transformation. Temperatures dip making way for hearty comforting food, warmer clothing dominates your wardrobe and trees shed their leaves. It is a picturesque time of year and a perfect season to embrace change.
Honestly hard to comprehend how this humble vegetable can be eaten in various forms – roasted, made into a wholesome soup or even converted into a yummy dessert. The latter also known as Pumpkin Pie is a very popular delicacy. While making a pumpkin pie recipe in Australia, the following spices are incorporated:
Cinnamon sticks are commonly used in savoury dishes as they are delicately aromatic while ground cinnamon is added to desserts, cakes, and beverages. This sweet flavoured spice has a pungent taste and is known for its culinary and medicinal properties. Cinnamon lends a well-balanced depth of flavour to every recipe and when consumed, has a refreshing, warm and comforting effect. In addition, cinnamon is also known to settle your stomach, improve blood circulation, digestion and boost your metabolism.
As a spice used in several alternative medicine, ginger is popular addition to many dishes. After peeling the skin off, ginger can either be julienned, sliced, chopped, grated or minced to make optimum use of its goodness. It lends a mild amount of heat to the pumpkin pie recipe in Australia. Moreover, it boasts of powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger has a pungent taste and can give you quite a kick when directly consumed.
Nutmeg powder is derived from the dried seed of the nutmeg tree. Just a hint of this heavenly spice is sufficient to enhance the overall dish. Nutmeg is considered healthy as it possesses antibacterial properties, aids digestion, relieves pain and treats insomnia.
A lovely spice associated with traditional festive delicacies, the aroma of allspice is like a heady combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. It makes for an excellent marinade and a pinch of this wonderful concoction releases its intoxicating flavours in sweet recipes too.
Black peppercorns are actually dried berries that add a nice punch to your recipe. It is recommended you buy whole peppercorns and crush them at home to release their uniquely sharp flavours. Considered as the king of spices, black peppercorns are round in shape and when consumed, they leave behind a lingering aftertaste. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. This wonder spice helps relieve colds and cough, stimulates digestion and enables weight loss.
For a truly magical experience, serve the pumpkin pie while still warm with a dollop of cream.
Ceylon Cinnamon Ground
Ceylon Cinnamon Ground or ‘True Cinnamon’ is the variety used in medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Ceylon Cinnamon is used in both sweet and savoury foods to impart a warm spice flavour. In the Middle East it is commonly paired with meats such as chicken and lamb. The term ‘cinnamon’ also refers to its mid-brown colour.$3.45
Ground ginger is ginger that has been dried and finely milled. It has a lemony fresh aroma and tangy freshness, slight spiciness and warmth that marry well with cakes, pastries and bread mixes as well as Indian and Asian curries. Ginger is considered a versatile spice, it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and can replace fresh ginger in any recipe. In its powered form it is key ingredient in curry blends and Chinese Five Spice.$3.45
Allspice Berries Ground
Also known as pimento, the allspice berry imparts flavours reminiscent of cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves with a hint of pepper. Allspice is a single small berry from the Jamaican bayberry tree. It is the dried unripe fruit which has a brown colour, which is ground to produce an easy to use powder. Its heavy sweetness lends allspice a great deal of versatility. It is a key ingredient of Caribbean cuisine. It also contains essential oils with anti-microbial components and health benefits.$3.45
Nutmeg is a unique, versatile, and sweet spice. It is the dried, large, and hard seed of a pear-shaped fruit. It is finely ground, has a brown colour, and contains a high oil quantity. Has a warm aromatic flavour that complements a diversity of foods, particularly sweet dishes. Its ground form is generally preferred for baking when a pre-ground powder is more convenient.$3.45
Pepper Black Cracked- 10/16
Black Pepper is picked from the flowering vine of the peppercorn plant and is the most pungent and flavourful variety of Pepper. Black peppercorns are picked green and then dried to 12% moisture content. The cracked form tends to be used in grinders and preserving meats. It has a woody flavour with a spicy heat. Pepper is used in all cultures and all types of cuisine. Also, it is known for improving digestion.
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