Celery seeds are small dried seeds collected from a plant that also bears the edible vegetable of the same name, celery. The seeds have a pale khaki colour and have a strong and bitter flavour. The most common use of celery seeds is to mix them with salt and other herbs to make vegetable salts. The spice people carry both celery seeds whole and celery salt seasoning.
Celery seeds are mainly produced in India and China. Celery Seed doesn't actually come from the same celery plant that we eat, it is a derivative of a domesticated wild plant know as 'smallage'. It is often used in soups, salad dressings, and pickling. Celery seeds have been used as medicine for thousands of years in the Eastern world. During ancient times, Indian Ayurvedic medicine used celery seed to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, different types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen. It is still widely used today for treating ailments such asÂ arthritis and gout, helping reduce muscle spasms, calming the nerves, reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure. Today, celery seed is used mostly as a diuretic, meaning it helps your body eliminate water by increasing urine output.
Celery seeds have many health benefits and they are a good source of vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Use sparingly as it can be bitter if used to excess
In healthy salt seasonings the inclusion of celery with onion, garlic and other herbs makes a great alternative to using pure salt to season vegetables and meat. See our own blend of Celery salt seasoning.
Use it in sauerkraut, pickling, chutneys, soups and stews
Use to flavour tomato juice. It is a popular addition to the cocktail Bloody Mary
Use during the cooking process to impart its savoury flavour or a light sprinkling as a finishing seasoning after blooming in a warm pan
Sichuan Pepper is an oriental fruit grown on a small ash tree native to the Sichuan province of China. Even though it is called pepper, it is not a true pepper and is not related to black peppercorns, which are from India. The berries have a warm peppery fragrance, with citrus notes & a clean fresh aftertaste leaving a slightly numbing sensation on the tongue. It is the outer husk that has all the flavour, the internal hard black seed is edible but can add a bitter taste. It is a key ingredient in Chinese cuisine and used in some Asian recipes. It is used in our chilli sichuan salt and calamari salt and pepper blends.
Chilli Ancho is a dried Poblano pepper. They are a large dark purple sweet chilli that forms the backbone of staple Mexican dishes such as tamales & red chilli beans. Its texture is wrinkled and it is a mild chilli originally from Puebla, Mexico. It has a mild fruity flavour with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slight earthy bitterness. Add Chilli Ancho Dried Whole to your dishes to impart an authentic Mexican flavour.
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.
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.