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A-Z of Spices, Herbs & Seasonings

 

Ajwain

Tiny Seeds with Strong Flavour
Ajwain (Ajowan) is a little seed similar to lovage and caraway seeds. It has quite a stong flavour and is commonly used along side cumin in many Indian dishes.

Allspice

Whole & Ground Dried Allspice Berries
Allspice is not, as its name suggests, a blend of different spices. It is the tiny fruit of a Mexican plant that is commonly used in Caribbean cuisine. It tastes like cinnamon, clove and pepper - hence its name "all spice".

Aniseed

Little Seeds with Distinct Flavour
Aniseed has a flavour that resembles liquorice, though it is not the same as the liquorice plant. Aniseed is a popular flavouring and is often snacked on.
 

Asafoetida

This powder is created from plant resin. It has a pungent aroma which disappears on cooking adding a savoury, meaty flavour to dishes.

Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves in 20g & 200g Value Packs
The Bay Leaf is used primarily in Mediterranean and Indian cuisine. They are used whole and gradually release their flavours whilst a dish is cooking.

Basil

Basil - dried and "grow your own"
Long-lasting dried basil for general culinary use, as well as "grow your own basil" window-box kits. Just add water.
 

Caraway Seeds

Tangy, Sour Aniseed Flavoured Seeds
Caraway seeds are similar to aniseed in flavour as well as looks. They are popular in Germany, where they are used to flavour sauerkraut and cakes.

Cardamom

Whole Black & Green Cardamoms
There are two types of cardamom: green cardamom, which is sweeter and used in lighter curries and desserts, and black cardamom, which has a deep strong flavour and is used in stronger curries.

Chives

Chives and chive plant kits
Chives are similar to onions and garlic, but with a milder taste. They work well as an alternative to garlic or in salads and cheese-based snacks.
 

Cinnamon and Cassia

Sweet True Cinnamon & the more Savoury Cassia or "Chinese Cinnamon"
Cinnamon and Cassia are part of the same family. Cinnamon is sweeter and more delicate than cassia and more popular in European cuisine, whereas Cassia is popular in China and India. Both are known as "cinnamon", and hence they are often confused with each other.

Celery Seeds

Tiny Pods of Celery Flavour
Celery Seeds are tiny seeds that do actually taste of celery. They can be stirred into sauces or sprinkled onto things like potatoes, or in fact used in any savoury dish to make it more interesting.

Chillies and Chilli Powder

Hot & Extra Hot Chilli Powder, Flakes & Whole Dried Chillies
We sell a variety of chilli flakes and powders in economy-sized bags, for the real chilli fiends who love to add chilli to everything!
 

Chinese 5-Spice

A popular Chinese seasoning
Chinese 5 spice consists of cinnamon, fennel, ginger, star anise, cloves. It can be added to noodles, stir fries, soups and sweet sauces.

Cloves

Dried Buds that Flavour Sweet & Savoury Foods
Cloves are familiar to most people, and were one of the first spices to be imported into Europe. They are found throughout all cuisine, including curries, sweets and mulled wine, and are also used to make pomanders and incense.

Coriander

Corriander Seeds, Powder & Leaves
Coriander is used throughout most tropical world cuisine, and is a staple constituent of most curry powders. Because coriander is so important, we sell it in huge bags so you will never run out. We also sell coriander plants, so that you can grow your own.
 

Cumin

A Pungent Spice - White Cumin & Black Cumin Available
Cumin is a powerful spice that, like coriander, is almost always present in curries. It is available whole or ground, and we supply large economy-sized bags.

Curry Leaves

Dried Leaves that Taste Similar to Curry
These curry leaves taste of curry and are slightly citrus flavoured. They can be added to curries to enhance their flavour, though are not essential.

Curry Powder

Curry powder is incredibly popular, because it's a convenient way of turning almost any meal into a curry. Of course, there is no set formula for curry powder as such: each different brand contains different ingredients in different ratios. We supply a variety of different types, and also large economy-sized bags.
 

Dill

Aromatic dill leaves
Dill (or dill-weed) is an aromatic thin leaf that is best known for accompanying salmon.

Elderflower

A light and sweet tasting tiny flower used in making tea and other beverages.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds are a flavoursome part of the fennel plant, and is a little like aniseed in many respects. As well as its use in cuisine, it is used by many people to calm the digestive system and is often used to alleviate flatulence in adults, and gripe in infants.
 

Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are bitter and pungent. Usually ground before use, they are used in stronger dishes such as curries, though they have a variety of other uses. Fenugreek has been associated with a number of health benefits ranging from increased milk production in women, to lowering cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Galangal

Galangal is a relation to ginger. It's flavour is similar to ginger, but woodier and tricky to process. Galangal is usually added to a dish whole or in powdered form.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is considered a sort of "staple spice" of India. It is a mix of typical curry spices including coriander, cumin, cloves, cumin, pepper, cardamom, chillies and anise. It is usually sold quite mild, and you can add chilli to taste.
 

Garlic

Garlic is a well-known and familiar flavouring. We supply a range of forms of garlic including paste, powder and flakes that make it quicker and easier to cook with garlic, with no peeling or chopping required. They also offer very good value for money.

Ginger

Ginger and galangal are quite similar. We supply ginger in paste form, as well as powder and dried galangal. Ginger is known for its calming effect on the digestion, as well as its pleasant heat.
 

Herbes de Provence

A classic French herb mix to lend that certain 'je ne sais quoi' to your meal.

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus petals can be used whole or ground to make herbal teas and refreshing drinks. With its fruity, sweet lemon-like flavour, it also mixes well with rice.

Italian Herbs

Add to tomato-based sauces or directly into pizza dough for a feel of Italy.
 

Juniper Berries

Juniper berries are quite pleasantly fragrant. They are used as a flavouring in gin, and have a flowery spicy flavour. Juniper can be used to spice meats, particulary strong dark meats such as venison or beef.

Kaffir Lime Leaves

Thai aromas
One of the characteristic flavours of Thai food.

Lemon Grass

Used in Thai cooking
Lemon grass is used extensively in Thai cooking, and can also be used to make tea.
 

Liquorice Root

Surprising natural sweetness which is well suited to flavouring sauces for game and darker meats. More commonly known for its use in sweets, liquorice root lends a sweet aftertaste to herbal infusions.

Mace

Mace is the outer shell of the nutmeg. It has a stronger flavour than nutmeg and is quite peppery too. Like nutmeg (and similarly cinnamon), mace is suitable for both sweet and savoury cooking.

Marjoram

Dried marjoram and marjoram plants
Marjoram is a herb commonly used in French cuisine.
 

Mint

Mint: dried and plants
Mint is one of the most recognisable herbs, and is available in dried and plant-kit form.

Mixed Spice

Used to flavour cakes and biscuits • Popular in desserts • Sprinkle onto yoghurt or baked apples • Contains Coriander, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Fennel, Cloves and Cardamom.

Mixed Herbs

Used in British cuisine • Popular in: soups, roasts, gravy, stuffing • Blend of Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Winter Thyme.
 

Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds are the defining constituent of mustard. They have a heat that comes alive when crushed and mixed with water and vinegar. They are also used in some of the hotter curry powders, for that extra "kick".

Nigella Seeds (Kalonji)

Nigella Seeds are also commonly called Black Onion Seeds or Kalonji Seeds. They are small black seeds which are bitter and peppery in flavour. They are used mostly in Indian cuisine and are an ingredient of naan bread.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is generally used in sweet drinks such as egg-nog and mulled wine. It is generally grated over the drink to be flavoured. Nutmeg is also good in certain cakes and desserts.
 

Onion

Subtly sweet and zingy, onion is a popular ingredient is so many savoury recipes. It is related to chives, garlic and spring onion and is available here in pure, dried form.

Oregano

Oregano and oregano plants
We supply oregano in dried form, and in the form of a "grow-your-own" kit.

Parsley

Dried Parsley and Parsley Plants
A range of parsley products.
 

Panch Puren - Indian Spice Mix

Less well known whole spice blend originating from Bangladesh.

Paprika

Paprika is essentially a mild form of chilli powder, made to impart flavour rather than heat to dishes. It is made from particular types of capsicum which are grown for their particular flavour. There are two main types: Hungarian Paprika, and Spanish (Smoked) Paprika.

Pepper and Peppercorns

We supply a variety of peppercorns, including szechuan pepper from China, and even pink peppercorns! Of course, we have the usual black pepper, and also ready-crushed (but still coarse) peppercorns.
 

Pickling Spice

Pickling spice is generally added to vinegar which is then used to preserve pickles.

Ras El Hanout Powder

Less well known Moroccan blend.
 

Rosemary

Dried Rosemary
Rosemary is used in mediterranean cuisine, and works well with meats and barbecues.

Saffron (Spanish)

Saffron provides an intense colour and flavour to various savoury dishes as well as cakes, breads and buns. Just a small amount of these tiny crocus threads is used to great effect in famous fish and meat dishes such as Paella.

Sage

Sage leaves
Sage is a member of the salvia family, and its leaves are used extensively in European cookery.
 

Salt & Pepper

The basic seasoning
At Healthy Supplies, we offer a low sodium salt substitute, whole peppercorns and pepper. Salt and pepper are the perfect partners to give that final touch to your meal.

Star Anise

Star Anise is similar in flavour to aniseed, and is commonly used in Chinese cooking, as well as in India. It can be crushed or used whole, and is a very strong spice with many medicinal uses. Star anise is also used in mulled wine, and does have a slightly more "Christmassy" flavour than normal aniseed.

Sumac

Sumac (or sumaq) is reddish brown coloured spice that has an interesting lemon-like flavour. It works well with flavouring meats, marinades and dips.
 

Taco Seasoning 50g (Hampshire Foods)

Create an authentic tasting filling for your Mexican Tacos.

Tarragon

Tarragon: dried and grow-your-own
We supply dried tarragon, and a tarragon-growing kit.

Thai Stir-Fry Seasoning

A mixed blend of Thai herbs.
 

Thyme

Thyme leaves and plants
Dried thyme and thyme kits.

Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is a bitter root-spice related to ginger, though its flavour is bitter and it is used differently. It imparts a subtle richness to curries, and also gives them a yellowish colour. Turmeric is also considered to be good for the stomach, and has antimicrobial properties that explain its ubiquity in Indian cooking.

Vanilla Pods

Vanilla is like nothing else, having a unique flavour all of its own. It is the flavouring used in custard, as well as ice-cream and many desserts and confectionery. Vanilla is incredibly expensive due to its scarcity, but hopefully you will find our prices reasonable.
 

Za'atar

Zaatar is a special Middle Eastern blend of herbs: Thyme, Sesame Seeds, Sumac, Salt, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel. Ideal for naan bread recipes, chicken and kebab skewers.

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