Welcome to our Spice Merchant Diaries and find out about the history of spices used in Middle Eastern cooking and the dishes they can be found in.
The flavour might be found everywhere, but the authentic spice is divine.
This ancient spice was used in South Asia as long as four millennia ago.
A spice of unforgettable liquorice aroma and complexity of flavour.
This versatile, aromatic Indian spice blend isn't about chilli-like heat.
Cayenne pepper is a fine brick-red powder made from a variety of chillies.
The scent of these berries is closely associated with a certain white spirit.
Used with a steady hand, it’s indispensable in curries, chutneys and pickles.
These dried, almost spherical, ridged seeds are either loved or loathed.
All the colours and scents of the souk come together in this Moroccan blend.
For proof of this magical spice’s versatility, look no further than Mexico.
It’s one of the world’s oldest spices and the berry of a flowering vine native to India.