Barberries are an important ingredient in Iranian cookery, and you're most likely to find them in a Persian or Moroccan restaurant. Increasingly, they are now available to purchase as a dried product. Barberries keep very well and rehydrate within 10 minutes and can be added to slow cooked dishes or rice pilafs. Traditionally, they were highly valued for their high pectin levels and used extensively in jam and jelly making. Barberries have a wonderful tart lemon tangy flavour which adds zest and tartness to any dish and their vibrant red colour gives a warm hue and richness to dishes.
With a unique tart and tangy flavour akin to lemon, these Barberries add a beautifully zingy burst of flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as a little touches of red-hued jewels throughout.
The plant has a reputation for increasing the longevity. Barberries mixed with warm natural remedies like cinnamon and honey leads to liver strength and treats Polydipsia caused by liver weakness and gastric problems. They are high in vitamin c and help improve the immune system.
Porcini mushrooms are a wild and meaty mushroom with a rich taste and woodsy flavor. These mushrooms actually produce their best flavor when dried. They also have a high protein content, great as a meat substitute for vegetarian dishes.
Blue Poppy Seeds are an oilseed grown on the opium poppy plant. The seeds have a bluish-black colour and are kidney-shaped. They are used for their flavour and as a decoration. There are 2 main varieties, white and blue. The white poppy seeds are used more in curries as a thickening agent and are more subtle in flavour. They both have a pleasantly sweet nutty flavour, that complements savoury & sweet cooking.
Our Smoky BBQ rub is a must have for any cook passionate about grilling. We came up with this blend with the idea of having it as a staple on-hand spice mix in the pantry for whatever occasion strikes. Whether it be roasting potatoes or grilling meat let this blend do all the flavour work for you!
Dahl is a mild curry made from dried lentils, peas, or beans, which have been made into a thick soup or stew. The spices are aromatic rather than hot and are added just before serving. Our lentil dahl blend is based on an authentic recipe from Southern Kerala in India. It is dark yellow in colour and is widely used in Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi cuisine. This is the go-to spice blend for any vegetarian or vegan cook. Its versatility is only limited by one’s imagination.
Sumac crushed is obtained from the dried berries from a bush that grows in the Middle East and southern Italy, and it is essential for Middle-Eastern cuisine especially Persian, Lebanese, and Turkish. In Middle Eastern cooking, sumac is used as a souring agent instead of lemon or vinegar. Sumac is delicious on roast meat & in particular lamb when mixed with paprika, pepper & oregano. It has a tangy, lemony, and fruity sour flavour and a fruity aroma that was once used as the tart, acid element by Romans. It can be used as a substitute of lemon in any dish on which you might squeeze fresh lemon juice. Also, its deep red-dark purple colour makes it a very attractive garnish.
Tarragon leaves are one of the four fines herbs and a key ingredient in French cuisine. It is popular in European cooking due to its distinct appetite-pleasing taste. Tarragon herb has narrow, pointed dark green leaves which give a warm, minty anise-like aroma, reminiscent of anise or licorice flavour. Its sweet-tangy aroma with a slightly bitter taste is much liked in egg dishes, cream soups, poultry roast, mustards, or as a tarragon vinegar. Tarragon is an essential herb in Béarnaise and tartare sauce. However, it can easily dominate other flavours so should be added carefully. It is also rich in phytonutrients as well as antioxidants that help promote health and prevent diseases.