Category: Spices

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Whole Lemon Powder

Lemons are believed to have originated in India or China. Lemons have been principally used for their juice, and as an ingredient in cooking and baking. Because of its citric acid content and low ph of 2-3, lemon has been used for its antiseptic characteristics, for digestion and for helping clear common ailments such as clogged sinuses. Most germs do not survive at low ph. Lemon tree cultivation spread to Europe during the 1400’s through their trade with India, and…

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Honey Crystals

Honey has been used by mankind since the past 2,500 years, all over the world. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important aspect of traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in modern medicine, especially in healing wounds. According to USDA, honey contains about 64 calories per tablespoon. Hence honey is also used by many as a source of energy. On the other hand, one tablespoon of sugar will…

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Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne variety of chili pepper plant is native to Central American region where it was used as a spicy ingredient in Mexican cuisines for several thousand years. The spice was introduced to the rest of the world, especially in the Indian subcontinent, by Spanish and Portuguese explorers during 16th and 17th centuries. They are now one of the important commercial crops in India, Pakistan, China, Argentina and USA. Fiercely hot and pungent cayenne pepper is one of the widely used…

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Pink Peppercorn

Also called Brazil pepper, pink peppercorns are not related botanically to black, green or white pepper, but only resemble the latter in shape and size. Schinus terebinthifolius is a medium sized shrub that can reach heights of ten meters and produces small pink berries. The peppercorns are found within this fruit and have a mild, almost sweet taste and aroma. In their native South America, the berries are often added to vinegar, syrup and wine.   Featured Blend: Campfire Maté

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Pau d’Arco

Pau d’Arco is extracted from the inner bark of the Tabebuia Impetiginosa or Tabebuia Avellanedae trees. These trees are also known as Taheebo trees and are most commonly found in South America and sometimes in Central America. However, you can occasionally find them in Florida as well. Pau darco has been used throughout history by cultures such as the Incas, Aztecs and Indio tribes. The Pau d’Arco bark is dried, shredded and made into a tea which has a slightly…

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Cloves

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. They have been consumed in Asia for more than 2,000 years. Owing to their sweet and fragrant taste, Chinese courtiers dating back to 200 BC would keep them in their mouths in order to freshen their breath when addressing the emperor so as to not offend him. Cloves are native to Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world. Cloves are…

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Ginger

Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean. It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger. A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness. One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller. Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often…

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka,  or the spice obtained from the tree’s bark. Featured Blend: Rose Chai

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Cocoa

The cocoa tree is native to the Americas. It may have originated in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America where today, examples of wild cocoa still can be found. The cocoa bean was a common currency throughout Mesoamerica and the Caribbean before the Spanish conquest. Featured Blend: Macaroon Rooibos

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Carob

The carob tree is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is cultivated for its edible seed pods. Featured Blend: Rose Chai

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Cardamom

Cardamom refers to herbs within two genera of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, namely Elettaria and Amomum. Both varieties take the form of a small seedpod, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin papery outer shell and small black seeds. Elettaria pods are light green in color, while Amomum pods are larger and dark brown. Featured Blend: Rose Chai