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
English Lavender is a member of the mint family. It has a floral sweet and slightly citrus flavour. Dried lavender buds are used to add colour and flavour to many savoury and sweet dishes. It is used in baked goods or as a garnish. Also, it is a key ingredient in our Herbs de Provence blend.
Juniper Berries are obtained from the small evergreen juniper tree. The dried berries have a dark blue colour, fresh spicy tart flavour, and pine aroma. Juniper has a special affinity with venison and other robust game meats. Used in European cuisine.
Traditionally used in Korea for making Kimchi (a fermented cabbage condiment), Korean Chilli Flakes, also called Gochugaru, have a warm, fruity flavour. They are mild in heat, so make a great chilli seasoning option in place of regular hot chilli flakes. Whether used in cooking or sprinkled on top to season dishes, these flakes add a fruity chilli flavour to any savoury dish – both meat veg.
Greek Gyros is a traditional Greek dish made from slow cooked spiced meat served in flat bread with onion, tomato and lettuce. This delicious and all-purpose blend made from dried herbs and spices gives the traditional flavour and aroma of Greek cuisine to many dishes, both of the meat and vegetable variety. This Greek family favourite is used to season beef, pork, chicken, or lamb. The mix comprises of very traditional mediterranean herbs and spices: oregano, paprika, black pepper, cumin, sea salt, garlic and onion. For best results rub your meat of choice generously with the seasoning and a small amount of oil and roast in a deep-dish pan in a moderate oven. Cooking times and temperatures will vary depending on the size of meat. Serve atop flat bread with your desired salad ingredients, a generous dollop of tzatziki and enjoy! Traditional Greek cooking made easy.
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.
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.