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

    Ajwain

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    Ajwain is probably native to Egypt, and is widely used throughout South and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and known by many names...

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  • Aleppo Chile Flakes South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Aleppo Chile Flakes

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    Aleppo chile takes its name from the ancient Syrian city of that name ('halab in Arabic). Sweet, fruity, fairly mild, Aleppo chile has a subtle ear...

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

    Dukkah

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    Dukkah in Arabic means "pound" or "crushed", referring to the chopped nuts and ground toasted spices in this wonderful traditional Egyptian spice b...

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

    Gum Arabic / Char Goond, Ground, Organic

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    Gum Arabic is the highly nutritive hardened sap of acacia trees, cultivated or found in the wild, throughout West Asia, Arabia and the Sahel. It is...

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  • Lebanese Seven Spice Powder South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Lebanese Seven Spice Powder

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    Lebanese Seven Spice is the quintessential spice blend of Lebanon, and variations of it there are as many recipes for it as there are cooks in the ...

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

    Marjoram

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    Marjoram (origanum majorana) has a sweeter, lighter, brighter and more floral taste and fragrance than its close relative oregano (origanum vulgari...

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  • Poppy Seeds, Black, Organic South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Poppy Seeds, Black, Organic

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    Poppy seeds, whether black (blue), or white, are the seeds of the opium poppy (papaver somniferum). In the West and the Middle East, dark-coloured ...

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  • Urfa Chile Flakes South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Urfa Biber Chile Flakes

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    Urfa chile takes its name from the ancient city of Urfa in southeastern Turkey. Its special flavour and colour is developed through a unique proces...

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  • Za'atar/Zaatar South China Seas - South China Seas Trading Co.

    Za'atar/Zaatar

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    Zaatar is the name of any of several fragrant wild thyme varieties from eastern Europe, and, more famously, the wonderful and ubiquitous mixture th...

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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."