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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.
  • Ancho, Ground South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Ancho, Ground

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    Ancho is the dried form of a green poblano chile (if a poblano is ripened to a reddish colour, then dried, it is called a mulato). Ancho powder is ...

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  • Annatto Seed South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Annatto Seed

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    The seeds of a tropical tree (bixa orellana) native to the Americas and brought, like many other good things, to Far East by the Spaniards. Also ca...

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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, 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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  • Cayenne South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cayenne

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    Cayenne is a hot red chile chile, which takes its name from the city of Cayenne in French Guyana. It has a clean, straight-ahead heat without the s...

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  • Chipotle Morita, Ground South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Chipotle Morita, Ground

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    Morita is the diminutive of Mora, which means “blackberry” in Spanish. Chipotle is from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli, which means "smoked chile" (ch...

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  • Cocoa Nibs South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Cocoa Nibs

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    Cocoa nibs are fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cocoa beans. They are softly crunchy and delicious as a snack, in baked desserts, in or on ice...

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

    Cumin Ground

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    As important to Mexican cuisine as it is to Indian, used in Spain, Africa and the Middle East, cuminum cyminum is one of the most widely used spice...

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

    Cumin Seeds

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    As important to Mexican cuisine as it is to Indian, African and Middle Eastern, cuminum cyminum is one of the most widely used spices in the world....

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

    Epazote

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    It is a challenge to do justice to this wonderful herb with words, names include creosote bush, goosefoot and pigweed! But epazote is wonderful in ...

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  • Grains of Paradise Seeds South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Grains of Paradise Seeds

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    Grains of paradise (aframomum melegueta) also known as Melegueta pepper and Guinea pepper, is native to West Africa. Once quite popular in Europe, ...

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  • Allspice, Jamaican South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Jamaican Allspice

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    Jamaican allspice comes from dried allspice berry. The unique flavor of allspice is a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, and is a...

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  • Allspice, Jamaica, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.
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    Jamaican Allspice - Organic

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    This Organic whole Jamaican allspice comes from dried allspice berry. The unique flavor of allspice is a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, a...

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  • New Mexican Chile Powder, Red South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    New Mexican Chile Powder, Red

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    Fruity and fragrant and medium hot, this chili powder is used throughout northern Latin America and the southwestern U.S. Ideal for chili con carne...

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

    Peppercorns Whole, Pink

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    Pink peppercorns (schinus molle or schinus terebinthifolius) are not peppercorns at all, but the dried berries of a tropical tree native to Latin A...

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  • Tajin Tajin - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tajin

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    A terrific lime-chile-salt dry seasoning for corn on the cob. In Latin America, corn is usually grilled or roasted, often unhusked, rather than boi...

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  • Tobago Habanero Curry Monsoon Coast - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tobago Habanero Curry

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    Habanero, the hottest of chilies, is the bold star of this Latin America style curry. Its natural fruity taste, blended with indigenous aromatics l...

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  • Tonka Beans South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Tonka Beans

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    Like vanilla, tonka beans (dipteryx odorata) are all about fragrance or fragrance expressed as flavour; if you have a poor sense of smell, you migh...

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  • Traditional Jerk Seasoning Rub Busha Browne's - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Traditional Jerk Seasoning Rub

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    An authentic Jamaican blend of herbs and spices to create the legendary hot marinade. The tradition of 'JERKING' meat is a unique Jamaican experien...

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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."