Kashmir Saffron Harvest 2015

May 13, 2016 posted in Behind the Scenes

Herbie visited Pampore near Srinagar in Kashmir to see the first saffron flowers bloom in 2015 The famous Kashmiri Saffron is grown over many hectares in Pampore, not far from Srinagar in Kashmir. Click here to watch a video of Herbie's Experience Learn more about saffron and how to distinguish the real from the fake here.

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Climate Change & Spices

May 10, 2016 posted in Australian Native Spices

You may wonder why various spices, especially the Australian natives, are often in short supply or simply unavailable. The answer is simply climate change. Spices are agricultural commodities, and as such are affected by a number of factors. These include: The soil and climatic conditions where they are grown The expertise and experience of the growers The harvesting, post-harvest handling, cleaning and grading The

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Low Sodium Options

May 02, 2016 posted in Food

We have created a special tangy spice mix to be used as a tasty low sodium option In response to customers telling us that many so-called herb and vegetable salts still contained added salt, and were not suitable for anyone on a salt-free diet, we got to work making a spice blend that would have no added salt, yet be tangy and satisfying. As

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Herbie’s Caravan Breaks Camp

April 01, 2016 posted in General

For the savvy cook and top flight chef – there has been one only place in Australia to source the best, freshest – and even the most unusual herbs and spices.  And that is Herbie’s Spices run by global herb and spice guru Ian “Herbie” Hemphill and his wife Liz. For the past 18.5 years this iconic red two story terrace on Sydney’s Darling Street Rozelle that

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What Herbie’s Means to You

March 02, 2016 posted in Behind the Scenes

You have visited our website because you are either an existing customer, or you are looking for a particular spice of exceptional quality. At Herbie’s Spices we have always taken pride in consistently keeping to our core strategic values that we inculcated when we opened our retail store in Rozelle on the 7th of July 1997. Those values are: To have the largest range

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Newsletter Autumn 2016

March 01, 2016 posted in General

You know that our mission is always to bring you the very best that we can.  To this end, as you know, we mix our own blends, including za’atar.  As we now offer our customers a choice of imported or top-quality Australian-grown thyme and oregano, we think it’s only right that our za’atar contains the more premium versions of these herbs.  You’ll see at a

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Grains of Paradise

January 27, 2016 posted in Behind the Scenes

Although exotically named, this wild harvested member of the cardamom family has enjoyed renewed awareness as followers of West African cuisine, and boutique gin producers, discover its true potential.   The economy of Sierra Leone, a major exporter of Grains of Paradise, was devastated during the last ebola epidemic. Therefore we were pleased to hear from our supplier who advised us: "We also out here are

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Cinnamon Facts

January 05, 2016 posted in Behind the Scenes

There are two spices commonly referred to as cinnamon. As many spice companies prefer not to name them correctly, confusion continues to prevail about what type of cinnamon consumers are actually purchasing. In this blog post we demystify the facts on cinnamon, so you can readily identify which one you have. May we start by saying these are both excellent spices when used appropriately,

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Spice Storage Options

December 15, 2015 posted in General

At the beginning of 2015 we discussed shelf life and storage of spices. Our resealable zip-seal pouches are high barrier, and with the air squeezed out and resealed your spices will keep their flavour right up to the best before date on the label. Therefore, what is the best way to keep your Herbie’s Spices on the kitchen bench or in the pantry? Spice Storage

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What is Dagar Phool?

December 09, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

ALSO KNOWN AS DAGARFUL, IT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL FLAVOUR CONTRIBUTOR WE’VE SEEN IN YEARS! What would you think if we told you we’d come across a lichen traditionally used in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu in South India, and that we simply love it? What we are referring to is the lichen known as Dagar Phool, or Dagarful (Parmotrema perlatum) which has an

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Kaffir (Makrut) Lime Leaves

December 01, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Why are we calling these ‘Makrut” Lime Leaves these days? “What’s in a name?” For many years this tree has been called a kaffir lime tree, as the fruits are rough and seen as inferior. Kaffir was a term used to denote inferior persons in the former South Africa and other nations involved in the slave trade. In some Asian countries the term means “non-believer”. This word

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Newsletter Summer 2015 – 2016

December 01, 2015 posted in General

Low Calorie Spice Kit As we head towards yet another Olympic year, it might be a good time to think about fitness.  Not elite fitness in our case, we hasten to add, but a level of well-being that makes life enjoyable.  Christmas is notoriously the weight-gain season, with those Christmas party nibbles, irresistible cheese platters and calorie-rich sparkling wine, along with our feeling that

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Cinnamon Demystified

November 24, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Have you ever been confused by the variation between brands of cinnamon? When many consumers buy products labelled as cinnamon, they often seem to vary greatly. Why is this so?  The answer is that there are two different types of cinnamon, and many brands do not label them correctly. One is Sri Lankan or Ceylon Cinnamon and the other is Cassia (also known as Baker’s Cinnamon, Dutch Cinnamon or

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