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Herbs & Spices

Since 1994, South China Seas has spent over 30 years sourcing the most intense and flavourful spice growers to offer unrivalled quality, selection, and freshness. Our ever growing collection of spices and blends represent our passion for flavourful food and exploring new cultures through food.

Traditionally we have been known for our single source spices (Cinnamons, Turmeric, Paprikas, Sumac) but over the last few years we have built a steady following for our custom made blends (Lebanese 7 Spice, Dukkah, Zatar) all of which were lovingly formulated by our team of spice experts (with input from our amazing customers).

Our team is always working on new and exciting blends that represent the ever changing culinary landscape. If you have any ideas for new blends we would love to hear from you.
  • Anise Seeds, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Anise Seeds, Organic

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    Anise has a fresh, delicate licorice flavour. Native to the Middle East (the Arab name is yanisun), it is widely used throughout Europe, the Middle...

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  • Arabian Baharat Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Arabian Baharat

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    A tasty Europe fusion featuring paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.Ingredients: black pepper, paprika, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, ci...

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  • Bay Leaves, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Bay Leaves, Organic

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    There are two types of bay leaves, Indian bay leaves, which are cassia leaves, and the leaf of the bay tree (laurus nobilis). These are the latter....

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  • Caraway Seeds South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.
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    Caraway Seeds

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    Caraway (carum carvi) is has a warm, earthy, nutty flavour and fragrance that incorporates notes of fennel, anise, cumin, citrus, dried mint and eu...

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  • Caraway Seeds, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Caraway Seeds, Organic

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    Caraway (carum carvi) is has a warm, earthy, nutty flavour and fragrance that incorporates notes of fennel, anise, cumin, citrus, dried mint and eu...

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  • Herbes de Provence, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Herbes de Provence, Organic

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    This fragrant herbal blend includes thyme, basil, savoury, fennel and lavender blossoms. Used as a rub, in marinades or in sautés, it complements a...

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  • Juniper Berries South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Juniper Berries

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    Juniper Berries bring a fresh, resinous, woodsy scent and flavour to meat, poultry and fish dishes. They are particularly good with game (venison, ...

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  • Lavender Flowers South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Lavender Flowers

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    Culinary Lavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking. In today’s upscale restaurants, fresh edible flowers are making a comeback as enhanc...

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  • Methi, Dried South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Methi, Dried

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    Dried fenugreek (trigonella foenum-graecum) leaves add a warm, grassy and nutty flavour and fragrance to curries, breads and crackers. The leaves a...

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  • Nutmeg, Ground, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Nutmeg, Ground, Organic

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    Nutmeg is the seed of the edible fruit of a tropical tree (myristica fragrans). It is encased in a hard, shiny shell (which is discarded); the shel...

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  • Nutmeg, Whole, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Nutmeg, Whole, Organic

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    Nutmeg is the seed of the edible fruit of a tropical tree (myristica fragrans). It is encased in a hard, shiny shell (which is discarded); the shel...

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  • Oregano South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Oregano

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    Oregano (origanum vulgaris) is perhaps the most widely-used herbs in Western cuisine, particularly in Southern Europe, and is also important in the...

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  • Paprika, Hungarian, Sweet South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Hungarian, Sweet

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    Although paprika is a Hungarian word, the spice came late to Hungary from Spain (which introduced chiles to Europe) via North Africa and Arabia. Hu...

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  • Paprika, Smoked, Hot South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Smoked, Hot

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    Hot smoked paprika is produced from small, hot peppers grown in Extremadura in central Spain. The peppers are handpicked as they ripen from Septemb...

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  • Paprika, Smoked, Sweet South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Paprika, Smoked, Sweet

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    Sweet smoked paprika is produced from small, mild peppers grown in Extremadura in central Spain. The peppers are handpicked as they ripen from Sept...

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  • Quatre Épices South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Quatre Épices

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    The precise origins of this fiery French four-spice mix are obscure, but its use in some form dates back centuries. Traditionally used charcuterie,...

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  • Rosemary, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Rosemary, Organic

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    Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) is native to Europe and most popular in that region. Its piney, peppery, minty freshness is delicious with tomato...

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  • Saffron, Mancha Sun Brand - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Saffron, Mancha

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    Saffron threads are the vivid red stigmas of the saffron crocus. The cost of this incredibly expensive spice is due in large part to the labour-int...

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  • Sage, Wild South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Sage, Wild

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    Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been used since ancient times as a culinary and medicinal herb. As its Latin name suggests salvia means roughly salva...

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  • Savory Leaves South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Savory Leaves

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    The pleasing aromas of savory have made it a culinary staple throughout Europe. It has notes of marjoram, thyme, and mint. It was a popular herb un...

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  • Spearmint, Crushed South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Spearmint, Crushed

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    Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is a species of mint, Mentha spicata, native to Europe and southern...

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  • Sumac South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Sumac

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    Sumac is elaborately hand-processed from the ground ripe berries of a tree (rhus coriaria) native to eastern Europe. It has a lovely tangy fruitine...

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  • Tarragon, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tarragon, Organic

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    Tarragon, also known as estragon, is a species of perennial herb in the sunflower family. It is widespread in the wild across much of Eurasia and N...

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  • Thyme, Dried South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.
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    Thyme, Dried

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    Thyme is the herb (dried aerial parts) of some members of the genus Thymus of aromatic perennial evergreen herbs in the mint family Lamiaceae. Thym...

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  • Thyme, Dried, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Thyme, Dried, Organic

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    Thyme is the herb (dried aerial parts) of some members of the genus Thymus of aromatic perennial evergreen herbs in the mint family Lamiaceae. Thym...

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"The definitive location for all of your exotic cuisine needs, the South China Seas Trading Company does an excellent job of stocking unique items from all over Asia, Latin America, India and the Caribbean."

"Excellent spot to find otherwise obscure ingredients. I found long peppercorns after a year of searching and real wasabi!"

"I've been shopping at South China Seas for over 20 years and I'm always happy with the selection of products . . . I can always find the sauces and ingredients that I need for my favourite Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Latin American recipes."