Essential Spice Guide

Here's a quick guide to some of our most popular and top selling spices. Below you will find a short description of each spice, along with usage ideas. Feel free to interchange organic and conventional spices in your recipes.

black pepper

Black Pepper

Pepper is ground from the dried, immature berries of the pepper tree. It is pungent, hot and zesty, imparting a vibrant flavor and aroma to savory dishes. Liven up salads, dressings, sauces, soups, appetizers and entrees.
Paprika

Paprika

Made from dried, ground mild chile peppers, Paprika is known for adding bright red color and a mild, sweet flavor to everything savory. Use to accent potato and macaroni salads, chowders, stews, chili, meatballs, deviled eggs and more.
Cumin

Cumin

Cumin seeds are from a small, herb plant native to the Nile valley in Egypt, but grown worldwide. It has a strong, spicy aroma and an earthy, warm flavor. Essential to many Mexican and Indian dishes. Use in stews, sauces, beans, soups and meat dishes.
Coriander

Coriander

The dried, ground seeds from the small, pink and white flowers of a green, leafy plant, the leaves of which are cilantro. It has a floral aroma and a warm, citrus flavor. Use in vegetable dishes, stews, marinades, fruit dishes and spice blends.
Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds

These small, teardrop shaped seeds are from the pods of a tropical plant. They add a rich, nutty flavor to salads, dressings, marinades, meat and vegetable dishes and stir-fry. Also, they are commonly used in baked goods, desserts, breads and other sweet dishes.
Cinnamon

Cinnamon

This very popular, sweet spice is the dried and ground inner bark of a tree native to southeast Asia. It is used in many cookies, pies, baked goods, hot cereal and warm drinks. It is also used in savory Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Indian dishes to impart a subtlety sweet, warm flavor.
Crushed Red Pepper

Crushed Red Pepper

Made from dried, crushed hot chile peppers, this fiery spice has a pronounced flavor. It is essential in Mexican, Southwestern and Indian Cuisine. It adds zip to pastas, pizzas, soups, stews, marinades, stir-fry and garlic bread.
Ginger

Ginger

This light tan powder is made from the dried and ground rhizome of a lush plant, similar to bamboo. It has a hot, sweet flavor with a hint of citrus. Essential in Asian, Middle eastern and Indian cooking, use in stir-fry, marinades, hot teas, fruit and vegetable dishes, breads and desserts.
Garlic

Garlic

A very popular spice, granulated garlic is the dried and ground bulb of an onion-type plant. It heightens the flavor of and adds dimension to savory dishes. As one of the most versatile spices, it is used worldwide and has an infinite variety of uses.