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What is a Mexican Spice Blend anyway?

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It isn’t always easy to recreate spice blends as faithfully and respectfully as possible. Perhaps no example better highlights this issue than “Mexican Spice Blend.” Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask about our Mexican spice blend, necessitating the delicate response that no such blend exists, but we’d be happy to suggest one […]

5 Truly Everyday Spice Blends

5 Truly Everyday Spice Blends - Blog | Spice Trekkers

Spice blends are too often overlooked in everyday cooking, diminished to a few famous blends and always attracting less attention than individual spices. Think of it: most supermarket shelves only stock omnibus general blends like “Moroccan Blend” and “Yellow Curry Powder,” while media focus on certain well-known spices like cumin, nutmeg, and basil. Cookbooks tend […]

10 Spices to Always Keep in Your Pantry

10 Spices to Always Keep in Your Pantry - Blog | Spice Trekkers

Which spices and spice blends should you always have in stock? It’s not a simple question considering the hundreds of spices that need to be considered. Even without adding personal taste, there are numerous spices and spice blends that make a good starting point, whether for a new student filling a spice rack for his […]

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The Best Paprika Substitute: Searching for the Final Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Cayenne Pepper Substitute - Searching for the Final Crushed Red Pepper Flakes - Blog | Spice Trekkers

Researching spices on the internet I come across a lot of talk about spice substitutions, particularly when it comes to chilies. It seems many of us are forgetting the cardinal rule of carefully reading a recipe before we start. I know I’ve been wrist-deep in a cookbook only to find I’m missing some regional rarity […]

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Why Buy Cinnamon Sticks?

Why Buy Cinnamon Sticks? - Blog | Spice Trekkers

What is so darned appealing about whole cinnamon sticks? We’re not talking about the red-hot, brown colored powder you find littering coffee condiment counters, or the mysterious throat-burning flavor that haunts candies, drinks, and ready-to-eat pastries. No, this is an investigation of the true spice, the classic spice, the flaky, copper quills that have fueled […]

O Cinnamon Tree

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O Cinnamon Tree - Blog | Spice Trekkers

I told them the only thing I wanted to do in Sri Lanka was see a cinnamon tree. Even after years as a Spice Trekker, the idea still blows my mind: this is the edible tree, the one tree of all trees, whose bark we eat. We couldn’t care less about its fruit or seeds! […]

Where Do Peppercorns Come from: White Pepper vs Black Pepper

Where Do Peppercorns Come from: White Pepper vs Black Pepper - Spice Trekkers

One of the most common questions we encounter in customer service is the real meaning of white pepper vs black pepper. While we agree they come from the same peppercorn plant, how different whole peppercorns come to be is not as clear: especially for white varieties. Black peppercorns, like Tellicherry pepper or Malabar pepper, are […]

Silk Route to ”The Spice Blend”

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Silk Route to ''The Spice Blend'' - Blog | Spice Trekkers

Our trip to Kashgar in Northwestern China, near the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, was the first that was deliberately ”not spice specific.” Our daughter Marika was living in The People’s Republic and, after completing a particularly arduous season in Montreal, we decided that rest, recreation —no spice hunting— and a strong dose of our […]

Where do Peppercorns Come From? Malabar Pepper vs. Tellicherry Pepper

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Black pepper is everywhere, but doesn’t seem to come from anywhere. India, right? Why are we so concerned with where some food comes from but not others? Black peppercorns adorn dinner tables around the world, yet their origins, their terroirs, are rarely discussed. This may be why there are so many myths about black peppercorns. […]

Aleppo Pepper: A Versatile Syrian Spice with a Long, Proud History

Aleppo Pepper Flakes - A Spice with a Long Proud History

It is no surprise that the Middle East’s most popular crushed pepper flake is from the city of Aleppo, which was a hub of the Silk Road for centuries. This ancient market for spice production and trade has long been a natural place for culinary innovation. Numerous spice blends and dishes, like Syrian kebabs, originated […]

My Grandma makes the best Ranch

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My Granma makes the best ranch - Spicetrekkers.com

Diving into Ranch- perhaps the greatest American sauce- took more than exploring American food and culture. The best of American cuisine often derives from the direct, almost assertive simplicity that makes the country great: baked beans, southern BBQ, good old-fashioned apple pie. But what makes simple food like Ranch good is not just the ingredients, […]

Try a Regional Garam Masala Recipe

Kashmiri Garam Masala & Sindhi Garam Masala

What is Garam Masala? Garam Masala is an aromatic spice blend designed to activate heat in the body, derived from principles in Ayurvedic medicine. Put simply, garam means “hot,” and masala means “blend” in Hindi. It’s generally considered to be from Northern India, where the cold weather called for a warming spice blend. At least that’s […]

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