Cloves are a dark brown, highly pungent and aromatic spice which should be used sparingly in both sweet and savoury dishes such as curries, sauces, stocks, apple dishes. It is especially good with baked ham. It is a spice used in a wide array of different cultures. It brings the palate a cleansing freshness and sweet spicy flavour. The spice people carry both cloves whole and cloves ground.
Like other spices, cloves are available throughout the year. They are renowned for providing their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste to ginger bread and pumpkin pie, but they can also make a wonderful addition to split pea and bean soups, baked beans and chilli. Cloves are the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen clove tree. The Cloves Whole buds are picked by hand when they are pink and dried until they turn brown in colour.
Cloves contain an active component called eugenol, which contain not only toothache-quelling qualities, but also has several other medicinal properties. It has anti-bacterial properties and is a natural insect repellent. Cloves are a good source of manganese, vitamin K and dietary fibre.
Hibiscus and mint chai is a sugar-free herbal tisane that can be enjoyed as a warm brew or delicious iced tea for those hot summer days. Our brew is wonderfully refreshing and sugar-free, with no artificial sweetener or honey just the natural sweetness from hibiscus flowers. It is a terrific guilt-free pick me up for those afternoon energy slumps. The hibiscus flowers add a wonderful sweetness that even kids will enjoy as an alternative to cordial.
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.
Pepper Lemon is a lovely blend of pepper, lemon peel, citric acid and herbs and spices. This classic blend has a citrus flavour that can be used as everyday cooking to add flavour to any fresh and cooked dishes. It can be sprinkled onto fish, chicken or vegetables. Perfect for adding a zesty warm kick to dishes. A great alternative to regular black pepper for a bit of a different unique flavour. Add into dishes and sauces or simply use to sprinkle on top as a seasoning. Whip into softened butter to make a delicious lemony herb butter perfect for basting roast chicken in or just spread on a warm piece of toast for a snack or side to any meal. Stir through a cream sauce and add to pasta.
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.
Tunisian Harissa is an integral ingredient in North African cuisine. It has an orangey-red and vibrant colour and scent. It is made from chillies, garlic, and various other spices and is characterized by its grainy consistency and tangy, slightly smokey flavour. It is often used as a paste or condiment by mixing a little olive oil and a dash of lemon juice.