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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.
  • Amchur, Mango Power South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Amchur, Mango Powder

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    Amchur is dried and powdered green mango. It has a fruity, intensely tart flavour, and is used to add acidity to a dish without adding moisture. It...

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  • Anardana/Pomegranate Seeds South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Anardana/Pomegranate Seeds

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    Anardana is used in Indian and Persian cuisine as a souring agent, much like sumac or amchoor. Slow air drying makes it more molasses-like than fre...

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  • Asafoetida (Hing) Vandevi - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Asafoetida (Hing)

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    Asafoetida (sometimes spelled asafoetida or Hing), is much maligned, starting with its name, which in Portuguese means "wings of stink". It is actu...

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  • Peppercorns Whole, Black South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Black Peppercorns

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    Black peppercorns are the dried mature berries of piper nigrum. Known as the King of Spices, it is the most widely used spice in the world – probab...

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  • Peppercorns Whole, Black, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Black Peppercorns - Organic

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    Black peppercorns are the dried mature berries of piper nigrum. Known as the King of Spices, it is the most widely used spice in the world – probab...

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  • Candied Fennel South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Candied Fennel

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    Candied fennel is fennel seed covered in a brightly coloured sugar coating that takes on and brings out the licoricy flavour of the fennel within. ...

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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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  • Cardamom, Black South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cardamom, Black

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    Cardamomum amomum is entirely different from its more perfumy cousin, green cardamom, but the two spices complement each other, and a whole range o...

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  • Cardamom, Green South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cardamom, Green

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    Elettaria Cardamomum has a sweet exotic perfume unlike any other spice. Use it in savoury dishes (notably curries) and sweet – cardamom goes beauti...

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  • Cardamom, Green, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cardamom, Green, Organic

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    Elettaria Cardamomum has a sweet exotic perfume, unlike any other spice. Use it in savoury dishes (notably curries) and sweet cardamom goes beautif...

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  • Chaat Masala South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Chaat Masala

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    Tangy, earthy, sweet, salty, faintly sulferous from black salt and asafoetida, chaat masala is sprinkled over foods rather than used in cooking. Th...

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  • Cinnamon Ground, Korintje, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cinnamon Ground, Korintje, Organic

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    With its sweet and mellow flavors, Korintje cinnamon is perfect for sprinkling atop oatmeal, pie crusts or your favourite herbal tea. Smoother than...

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  • Cinnamon Ground, Saigon, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cinnamon Ground, Saigon, Organic

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    Highly perfumed, sweeter and darker coloured than so-called true cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum), Saigon cinnamon is ground from a particular type...

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  • Cinnamon Sticks, Ceylon, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cinnamon Sticks, Ceylon, Organic

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    Used in both sweet and savoury dishes in just about every culinary tradition, there are few more ubiquitous spices than cinnamon, What we call cinn...

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  • Cinnamon Sticks, Korintje South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.
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    Cinnamon Sticks, Korintje

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    Used in both sweet and savoury dishes in almost every culinary tradition, there are few more ubiquitous spices than cinnamon, What we call cinnamon...

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  • Cloves Ground South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cloves Ground

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    From garam masala to mulled wine, baked ham to apple pie, Chinese five-spice to Arabian baharat, cloves are used in almost every cuisine. Their pun...

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

    Cloves Ground, Organic

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    From garam masala to mulled wine, baked ham to apple pie, Chinese five-spice to Arabian baharat, cloves are used in almost every cuisine. Their pun...

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

    Cloves Whole, Organic

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    From garam masala to mulled wine, baked ham to apple pie, Chinese five-spice to Arabian baharat, cloves are used in almost every cuisine. Their pun...

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  • Curry Leaves, Dried South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Curry Leaves, Dried

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    Curry leaves (murraya koenigii) have a subtly citrusy, nutty aroma that doesn't taste or smell anything like curry. They are widely used in souther...

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  • Curry Leaves, Dried, Bag South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Curry Leaves, Dried, Bag

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    Curry leaves (murraya koenigii) have a subtly citrusy, nutty aroma that doesn't taste or smell anything like curry. They are widely used in souther...

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  • Deggi Mirch South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Deggi Mirch

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    A blend of ground Indian red chilis, usually medium-hot (but ours verges towards quite hot) that is used primarily for the intense glowing red colo...

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  • Durban Curry Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Durban Curry

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    Durban is home to one of the largest populations of people of Indian descent outside of India. We’ve named this South African curry blend, Durban C...

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  • Fennel Whole South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Fennel Whole

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    Fennel (foeniculum vulgare) seeds add a warm, spicy, licoricey flavour and fragrance to Indian and Far Eastern curries and spice mixes It is also u...

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    Fennel, Whole, Organic

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    Fennel (foeniculum vulgare) seeds add a warm, spicy, licoricey flavour and fragrance to Indian and Far Eastern curries and spice mixes It is also u...

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

    Fenugreek Seeds, Organic

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    Fenugreek (trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds add a nutty, bitter, bean-like flavour and a distinctive sharp, musky fragrance to Indian curries, spic...

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  • Garam Masala South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Garam Masala

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    Garam Masala is a traditional Indian blend of spices. Some even regard it as the linchpin of a diverse range of dishes, including curries ad butter...

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  • Gum Arabic/Char Goond, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.
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    Gum Arabic/Char Goond, Organic

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    Char Goond | Gum arabic, also known as gum acacia, char goond or meska. Gum arabic is the hardened sap of the Acacia Senegal tree, which is found i...

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

    Kalonji

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    Kalonji (nigella sativa) adds a sweet, nutty flavour and a resinous floral fragrance to vegetable dishes, pickles, curries and breads. In northern ...

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

    Kalonji, Organic

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    Kalonji (nigella sativa) adds a sweet, nutty flavour and a resinous floral fragrance to vegetable dishes, pickles, curries and breads. In northern ...

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  • Moghul Curry Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Moghul Curry

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    In South India, influences of Moslem cooking harmonized with the local cuisine to produce Monsoon Coast's heady Moghul Curry. Aromatic accents of c...

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  • Monsoon Balti Spice Mix Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Monsoon Balti Spice Mix

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    This versatile North West Indian-influenced mixture adds zest to soups, stews, veggies and more.Ingredients: Coriander, cumin, cardamom, fennel, mu...

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  • Monsoon Tandoori Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Monsoon Tandoori

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    Monsoon Tandoori is a blend of 11 pure spices with no dyes or additives. Its warm flavour works wonderfully in most North Indian recipes such as Ch...

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  • Mustard Powder, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Mustard Powder, Organic

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    Mustard contains an enzyme that must be activated by water (or beer) to develop its sinus-clearing heat. Once activated, wine, vinegar, etc. can be...

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  • Mustard Seeds, Red South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Mustard Seeds, Red

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    There is little difference between what is called red, brown or black mustard, although some references suggest that black is a slightly hotter var...

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    Mustard Seeds, Red, Organic

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    There is little difference between what is called red, brown or black mustard, although some references suggest that black is a slightly hotter var...

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  • Mustard Seeds, Yellow South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Mustard Seeds, Yellow

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    Whole mustard seeds are important in South Asian cuisine where generous quantities are added to the oil or butter in which vegetables are to be fri...

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    Mustard Seeds, Yellow, Organic

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    Whole mustard seeds are important in South Asian cuisine where generous quantities are added to the oil or butter in which vegetables are to be fri...

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  • Peppercorns Whole, Five South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Peppercorns - 5 Color

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    A colourful, fragrant and pungent mixture of black, white and green peppercorns along with pink peppercorn (which isn't really a pepper) and allspi...

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  • Peppercorns Whole, Green South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Peppercorns Whole, Green

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    Green peppercorns are the immature berries of piper nigrum. They are used fresh, dried or packed in brine. They are widely used in traditional Thai...

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  • Shahi Garam Masala South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Shahi Garam Masala

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    We hand grind and mix our Proprietary Blend Premium Garam Masala, a simple but sumptuous blend of seven premium aromatic spices, no salt, no filler...

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  • Peppercorns Whole, Black, Smoked South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Smoked Black Peppercorns

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    Black Peppercorns flavoured with natural oak and pecan smoke. Spectacular freshly cracked as a finishing pepper on grilled meats, poultry, seafood ...

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  • Peppercorns, Tellicherry South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tellicherry Peppercorns

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    Tellicherry Black Peppercorns are grown in Kerala, a state in southwestern India along the Malabar Coast. These Tellicherry peppercorns are vine-ri...

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  • Turmeric Powder, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Turmeric Powder, Organic

    South China Seas
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    Among the most important medicinal and culinary herbs in the world, turmeric imparts a glorious golden colour to foods, as well as a pleasantly ear...

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    Original price $8.95 - Original price $8.95
    Original price
    $8.95
    $8.95 - $8.95
    Current price $8.95

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