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.
Porcini mushrooms are a wild and meaty mushroom with a rich taste and woodsy flavor. These mushrooms actually produce their best flavor when dried. They also have a high protein content, great as a meat substitute for vegetarian dishes.
Star Anise Ground is a dominant spice in Chinese five spice powder native from the southwest o China and used in many Oriental recipes. It can be mixed with other species to give an Asian seasoning to many dishes. It is considered an essential ingredient in Chinese duck and pork recipes. Its liquorice-like flavour is similar to that of aniseed and fennel. Star anise ground is more practical when using it as a spice rub and in baking. Ground star anise has a red-brown colour and is more versatile than star anise whole. It can be used in breads, pastries and in many desserts due to is unique, sweet and licorice flavour.
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.
Sage leaves are from a small perennial herb native to the Mediterranean, that have greyish green leaves. It has a strong, astringent, sweet savoury and peppery flavour and a fresh aroma reminiscent of balsamic. It is an essential herb for pork and poultry stuffing. Commonly used in Italian cooking, particularly with veal. Also, it is good with cheese dishes, eggplant, lame, soups, stews, turkey and vegetables.
Sesame seeds Black 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”. These are the unhulled form of white sesame seeds & have a more crunchy texture. When chewed they have a similar nutty flavour with a hint of extra sharpness. Used more in savoury dishes like stir-fry vegetables & Japanese seasonings. Due to its deep, rich aroma and oil-rich, nutty flavour, they are preferred over white sesame in East Asian cuisines, especially in Japanese and Chinese cooking. We also stock Sesame Seeds White.
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.