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Toasting Spices

For years, our quaint brick & mortar storefront was the center of all production activities at World Spice. Tucked away behind the Pike Place Market, there was a corner of the front counter where we …

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Vadouvan Paste

Vadouvan is a spice blend with South Indian and French influences, and the name means “sun-dried spices” in French. This fusion blend can be used just like a curry powder, or made into the iconic …

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The Perfect Cup: Herbal Tea

If you’re looking for a tea that isn’t tea, go herbal! All true tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, whereas herbal tisanes, also called herbal teas, are made from all manner of herbs …

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The Perfect Cup….

Choose and brew the tea that’s right for you! Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, ceding the top spot only to water, and it’s not hard to see why. …

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World Spice at Home

Who says you have to make curry with curry? Not us! When my friend and mentor Julie Kramis Hearne approached me to co-author World Spice at Home, I was thrilled to accept. Julie’s book vision …

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Coriander Cures Spring Fever

At a time of year when the thought of cooking another winter squash is too much to bear, and the shoots of green aren’t quite tall enough for harvest yet (where IS that asparagus, anyway???), …

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World Spice Cookbook Club launches with Balaboosta

Join the World Spice Cookbook Club and enjoy all the great features of a regular book club, along with fabulous food and friendly competition! Each month, members will explore the featured cookbook in their own kitchen, and then …

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We Grind To Order, Part 2

What do you do when one of Seattle’s premier cheese makers needs a hundred pounds of ground black pepper? Or how about when everybody’s favorite artisan salami shop needs twenty pounds of fennel cracked to …

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We Grind To Order, Part 1

How often do we acquire pre-ground black pepper, or nearly any other spice for that matter?  Never! Our store is bustling with spice merchants grinding spices right when folks order them. Why do we keep pure …

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Gourmet Salts: The Spice Merchants’ Need-to-Know Basics!

“Salty” is one of the five basic flavors that the human palate can detect, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and “umami.” A baker might tell you that salt makes “sweet things, sweeter,” but more specifically, …

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Spice Lore

Historically speaking, spices have played a large part in the colonization of the world. Most of us remember from the fourth-grade pageant that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue at the behest of Isabella and …

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