Dagad Phool- (Parmotrema Perlatum)

Dagad phool or black stone flower is an edible lichen found around much of the Northern Hemisphere. In Maharashtra State and South India it is used as a spice in dishes like veg Kolhapuri.  Dagad phool when raw smells like a mossy wet rock and is incredibly bitter. When lightly toasted it develops an intense smoky, floral scent and a sweet, earthy flavor. Dagad Phool is quite potent- one small piece is enough to flavor a sizeable batch of curry. Ours comes from India. Note: Since Dagad phool is a lichen that means it is part fungus and part algae- if you are allergic to mushrooms you may want to skip this spice.

Dill Seed- (Anethum Graveolens)

Dill is an herb in the celery family and closely related to cumin and caraway. Dill seed is used in dishes from across North America, Europe, the Middle East, South and East Asia. It is used commonly in pickles and in sour cream and yogurt based dips and salads. Dill seed has a spicy, caraway-like scent and a salty, savory flavor with hints of mint. Our whole Organic dill seed comes from Egypt.

Fennel Seed- (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel is native to the Mediterranean basin and a member of the carrot family. Fennel seed has an anise-like scent with herbal undertones and a sweet and salty licorice flavor. It is found in dishes from across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Fennel seed is a common ingredient in breads, herbal liqueurs and one of the components of Chinese five spice powder. In India a teaspoon or so is often chewed after a meal as a digestive aid and breath freshener. Our fennel seed is Organic and comes from Turkey.

Fenugreek- (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

The Fenugreek plant is related to peas, peanuts and lentils. The seeds have a spicy, caramelized maple syrup-like scent with hints of celery seed. The flavor is spicy and bitter. Fenugreek seed is an essential spice in many curry dishes and give curry powder it’s particular scent. Our whole fenugreek seed is Organic and comes from India. The leaves of the fenugreek plant are also used, fresh or dried, in a variety of dishes across the Middle East and India. The leaves have the maple scent like the seeds but with a stronger herbal and slightly grassy component. The dried leaves (Kasoori methi) are often sprinkled over curries as a garnish.

Galanga Root- (Alpinia galanga)

Galanga root comes from a plant closely related to ginger. It looks similar to ginger root but with whitish flesh that turns orange with exposure to air when cut. Its scent is spicy and medicinal. The flavor is hot, slightly sweet and similar to ginger but with distinct piney notes. Galanga root is used throughout Southeast Asia especially in Thailand in dishes like Tom Yum and in various curry pastes. Galanga root is generally used fresh in South East Asia and in dried form it is sometimes used in Middle Eastern cuisine and North African spice blends like ras el hanout. We have frozen galanga root from Thailand.

Garlic- (Allium sativum)

Garlic is native to Central Asia and is related to onions and shallots. Garlic has a pungent, spicy and onion-like odor with a distinct sulfurous undertone. It is used in cuisine from around the world fresh or dried. We have powdered, dried garlic which is great for baking or in seasoning blends. Our garlic powder is Organic and comes from China.

Ginger- (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger comes from the root of a plant in the lily family that originated in Southern Asia. It has a pale straw like color and is used both fresh and dried. Fresh ginger is a staple in Chinese, South and Southeast Asian dishes. Dried ginger is used extensively in North African cuisines- usually in stews and savory dishes like Moroccan Loubia. It also used in European and American cuisine- usually in sweets and baked goods. Ginger has a sharp, sweet scent and hot, spicy flavor. We have Organic powdered dry ginger form Peru.

Hibiscus Flowers- (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Hibiscus sabdariffa is a shrubby herb native to West Africa. It is closely related to ornamental hibiscus. It’s deep red flowers have a spicy, floral scent and are used to make a tart herbal tea that tastes similar to cranberry juice. Our hibiscus comes from Egypt and is Organic.

Juniper Berries- (Juniperus communis)

Common juniper is in the cypress family and is native to much of the northern hemisphere. The berries (actually modified cones) of common juniper have a distinct sharp scent reminiscent of pine resin and cedar wood. The flavor is sweet and peppery with hints of pine and bay leaf. Juniper berries are used in a variety of European dishes from stewed cabbage to wild game. Juniper berries are also used to flavor various beers and give Gin its particular scent and flavor. Our whole juniper berries are Organic and come from Bulgaria.

Lavender- (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is a shrubby, perennial herb in the mint family that originated in the Northern Mediterranean basin. The flowers or buds are used in salads, desserts, sauces and cheeses as well as for making perfumes and floral waters. It also makes an interesting ingredient in floral liqueurs and teas. Lavender buds have a sweet, perfumey scent with hints of pine. The flavor is bittersweet with citrus and resinous undertones. We have Virginia Grown lavender buds from White Oak Lavender Farm outside of Harrisonburg. We stock them in .5 oz tins.

Lemongrass- (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass is a member of the grass family native to South Asia and is related to citronella grass. Fresh lemongrass has a light, sweet lemony scent with herbal undertones. It is used extensively in Southeast Asia in dishes like tom yum goong (sour and spicy prawn soup) to curry pastes and salads. We have frozen, 3” lemongrass stems they can be used in place of fresh. We also have Organic dried lemongrass which has a more subdued lemon scent and more pronounced herbal notes. Dried lemongrass makes a great herbal tea all by itself and blends wonderfully with green tea, white tea or German chamomile.

Lemon Peel- (Citrus x limon)

Lemons come from a small evergreen tree in the citrus family, Rutaceae. Lemon trees are actually a hybrid species that originated in South Asia or Southern China and is now grown throughout the Mediterranean basin, Middle East, South Asia and the tropical and subtropical Americas. The leaves, juice, peel and rind of the lemon are all used for culinary purposes. We have dried lemon peel, which has a richer, more savory scent than fresh lemon zest. It’s wonderful in baked goods, teas, mulled wines, gin and liqueurs. It can also give a citrusy zip to spice blends and dips. Our granulated, dried lemon peel is Organic and comes from right here in the USA.

Linden Flower- (Tilia)

The dried flowers of European Linden have a light, sweet scent reminiscent of jasmine with hints of maple. They make a great herbal tea all by themselves and are great brewed with green or white tea. They also make an interesting addition to floral and herbal liqueurs.