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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”

Posted on by Ethne
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

Pepper Vine in Kerala - Spice Trekkers

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

Posted on by Steve
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, […]

The Secrets of Garam Masala Making

Kashmiri Garam Masala & Sindhi 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, originating in regions that are hit hardest with winter. This spice blend, then, was long used to […]

Not a Matter of Black and White: What I Learned from Wild Voatsiperifery Pepper

Posted on by Steve

White pepper has never been my favourite pepper. I understand many people crave the hot, pungent bite of a well-fermented mature white pepper, and others use it for keeping white sauces white. But for years now I’ve used it in recipes from around the world only to find everything I cook has the unmistakable whiff […]

On the trail of Pasilla de Oaxaca


Pasilla de Oaxaca is, without a doubt, one of the eternal favourites of our company. We can also say that, with time, it’s become one of our customers’ favourites too. Pasilla de Oaxaca is more than a simple chile- it’s a witness to the knowledge, traditions, and characteristic terroir of the corner of Mexico in […]

Toast of the Town: Why Roasting Spices Works


When it comes to spice toasting, roasting, or grilling guides, it seems there are plenty of how-tos, but few whys. Something about enhancing the flavour. Roasting spices is easy: it simply takes a pan at the exact perfect temperature, constant stirring, attention, and nervousness, and an ever-present sense that you’re doing it wrong. So why […]

The Adventures of Curry Powder: See the World through 5 Curry Spice Blends

Sri Lankan White Curry

Curry is one of the most common and recognizable foods on earth. It’s no wonder this spice powder still generates a lot of questions. And not just how to make curry, either! We also tell people how to make curry powder, and how to define a curry spice. One of the most common questions we […]

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