Bay leaves are oval-shaped leaves from the Bay Laurel tree. They have a warm and pungent aroma with an aromatic and slightly bitter flavour. They are used in a wide variety of cuisines from around the world, from European to Indian and everything in between.
Bay Leaves- There are many different types of plants whose leaves are referred to as bay leaves, but the true bay leaf is scientifically known as Laurus nobilis, and this is the nutrient-rich variety. Added whole into dishes to impart their savoury, aromatic, herby flavour, and removed just before serving, these this wonderful herb adds a delicious flavour to so many dishes. They an essential herb in Bouquet garni along with thyme, marjoram, and parsley. There are two culinary types of bay leaves; Turkish and Californian. The Turkish has a more subtle flavour than the Californian variety and is more commonly grown and used in Australia. Only one or two leaves are needed to enhance a whole roast, a pot of soup, or stew. Dried leaves are less bitter than fresh & have a sharp pungent aroma.
Bay leaves are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They have mild diuretic qualities and are used to improve digestion. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and manganese.
Lemongrass is a naturally-growing herb native to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It has a citrusy, herby aroma and a zesty, lemony flavour. Used to flavour curries, stirfries, desserts, cocktails, and tea, this pungent, tangy herb has a flavour and aroma similar to citronella.
This is 100% Australian-grown Lemongrass that’s harvested at its peak readiness, dried, and gently crushed for culinary use.
Cassia sticks are closely related to cinnamon. The sticks have a reddish brown colour and a warm, mild and sweet flavour, though it is significantly stronger than cinnamon. It is widely used in the United States.
The Mexican Habanero Chilli is the hottest variety of chilli from Mexico. They are an integral component in Yucatecan Mexican cuisine. With their fruity & floral aroma, it is a popular choice for adding a spicy citrusy kick to any dish. Dried Habanero Chilli is the perfect addition to any Mexican dish. For optimum results and flavour, re-hydrate the chilli in boiling water for 20 minutes before use.
Oregano, one of the most popular herbs worldwide, is a member of the mint family and often called wild marjoram. It is a small herb with dark-green leaf and is known for its bold, warm, balsamic herb flavour, with a slightly bitter taste. Its strong flavour marries well with tomato and basil making it a vital ingredient for authentic Italian and Greek cooking. It is also perfect addition to garlic for the Mediterranean, Philippine and Mexican cuisine.
Sesame Seeds White are tiny, flat oval seeds from the sesame plant whose pods pop open when it reaches maturity scattering the seeds, hence the term “Open Sesame”. The seeds can have different colours including white and black. Sesame Seeds White are hulled seeds, with an earthy, nutty flavour, soft texture, and aroma of lightly caramelized milk, vanilla, and honey. For this reason, they are better suited for sweeter recipes such as cakes and sesame bars and are the most popular used in cooking. White seeds are sprinkled on bread & biscuits. The ground form makes delightful sweet desserts including halva. They are popular due to its distinctive flavour especially in European, South Middle East and Asian cuisine, while sesame seeds Black are used in East Asian cuisines in both dishes and as a garnish. We also stock Sesame Seeds Black.
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.