Aromatic cardamom is a spice made from the combined ground seeds of several plants that are native to India. In countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan and Indonesia, cardamom grows wild throughout the countryside. Today, Guatemala is the world’s largest producer, followed by India and Sri Lanka.
There are many popular recipes out there that call for the addition of cloves. With a powerful and distinctive flavor, this potent spice is often the one key component that gives a dish the boost it needs to go from ordinary to extraordinary. Cloves are common enough that it’s typical for most cooks to keep […]
Cloves are one of the oldest and most popular spices in the world. Native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, cloves are the flower buds of a variety of evergreen tree.
Garam Masala is a complex blend of many spices that originated in Northern India. While it was first used during the cold winters to help warm all those who enjoyed it, it quickly gained popular and is now a staple of traditional Indian cuisine. Translated, Garam Masala means “hot spices”. This refers to the warming […]
Origin of Herbes de Provence Herbes de Provence (or “Herbs of Provence”) is a mixture consisting of common herbs native to the Provence region in southeast France. As French cuisine gained popularity in the U.S. and abroad during the 1970’s, commercial herb blends bearing the name “Herbes de Provence” began to become available. However, these […]
Complementary spices square off… Few spices pair as well as coriander and cumin. With flavors that complement each other so beautifully, it’s no wonder that these two spices are often used together. Not only does this dynamic duo play a starring role in various dishes, but it’s not unusual for one of these spices to […]
Coriander is made from the dried seeds of cilantro and its native regions span from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia. The exact region from which this spice originates has not been pin-pointed and it is currently grown in many places all over the world. The culinary use of this spice dates back […]
Chipotle peppers are not an individual species of pepper, but rather jalapeño peppers that have been smoked whole over a wood fire for several days. This process removes all of the moisture from the pepper while lending a unique, smoky flavor. For the home kitchen, chipotle powder makes a great addition to your spice rack. […]
Every cook has had the misfortune of adding too much black pepper to a dish at one time or another. After all the time and effort spent in the kitchen working hard to make that perfect dish, all of your efforts feel as though they’ve gone right down the drain in an instant. Whether you’ve […]
Mojo originated in the Canary Islands and is actual a spice blend created by combining several different spices to create a unique flavor. Over time, Canary Island mojo has been adopted by many other cultures, each varying the mixture of spices it contains their own regional flavor influences. Mojo Seasoning Flavor Profile Most commonly, Canary […]