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.
Fruity, spicy and earthy, Ancho Chillies are native to Mexico soil and add a delicious unique warmth to any dish you're looking to add a kick too. We harvest them at their best and dry them to lock in their authentic flavour and heat. They not only add a spicy, mild kick but a beautifully fruity flavour that's second-to-none. We especially enjoy the dark, deep color they get from the drying process; it adds great visual richness to dishes and blends.
All chillis including Chilli Ancho contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation and helping with weight loss.
Ancho chili is one of the many chili varieties unique to Mexico.
The whole dried pod can be ground in a blender (with or without the hot seeds, depending on heat preferences)
You can also rehydrate them by pouring boiling-hot water over them and steeping for about 20 minutes
They can then be added to any stew, bean or rice dish. Try adding shredded ancho chilli flakes to you next pasta dish and appreciate the depth and richness it gives the sauce without the traditional chilli heat.
Combine with Pasilla and Mulato Mexican chilli for preparing mole sauces.
Used as a key ingredient in moles, tamales, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need a bit of extra heat
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.
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 key ingredient in our Herbs de Provence blend.
Curry leaves (also known as kadi patta) are the predominant flavour and aroma in Madras curry, as well as other popular Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. They have a delicate spicy citrus flavour and are incredibly aromatic.
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.
White Pepper is black pepper that has been soaked to remove the outer husk. It is hotter and less fragrant than black pepper. It is one of the most versatile spices, particularly used in European cooking so as to not blemish creamy white sauces with black specs of pepper.
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.