Cooking Spices

Cooking Spices

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Sale Whole Star Anise
Whole Star Anise
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Sale Green Cardamom Pods
Green Cardamom Pods
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Sale Caraway Seeds Whole
Caraway Seeds Whole
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Sale Ground Cinnamon
Ground Cinnamon
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Sale Cassia Cinnamon Sticks
Cassia Cinnamon Sticks
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Sale Whole Cloves
Whole Cloves
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Sale Ground Coriander
Ground Coriander
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Sale Whole Coriander Seeds
Whole Coriander Seeds
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Sale Ground Cumin
Ground Cumin
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Sale Fennel Seeds
Fennel Seeds
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Sale Ginger Powder
Ginger Powder
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Sale Nigella Sativa Seeds
Nigella Sativa Seeds
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Sale Ground Nutmeg
Ground Nutmeg
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Sale Whole Black Peppercorns
Whole Black Peppercorns
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Sale Iranian Saffron
Iranian Saffron
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Sale Spanish Saffron
Spanish Saffron
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Sale White Sesame Seeds
White Sesame Seeds
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Sale Ground Sumac
Ground Sumac
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Sale Ground Turmeric
Ground Turmeric
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Cooking Spices List

Spices have been used in cooking throughout history. Traces of common spices have been found in Egyptian tombs and prehistoric Persian cave art. Depictions of saffron are seen in Greco-Roman frescoes from the Bronze Age. We also see spices referenced repeatedly in both the Hebrew Tanakh and the Christian Bible. The spice trade began in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and East Asia around 2000 BCE. The earliest cooking spices are believed to be cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, and nutmeg followed shortly by ginger, cumin, and saffron.

A spice is an aromatic plant substance used to flavor, color, or preserve food. Spices are typically derived from the seeds, fruit, root, bark or other parts of a plant. For example, cumin and fennel come from seeds, cayenne and paprika come from peppers (fruit), ginger and turmeric come from rhizomes (root modifications), and cinnamon comes from tree bark. Herbs, on the other hand, generally come from the leafy greens of a plant. For a list of common cooking herbs, visit our dried herbs collection.

This collection of cooking spices includes items we consider to be essential kitchen spices along with items that may be considered less common or at the very least, new to some. For more curated lists of spices, check out a few of the following collections: Indian Spices, Italian Herbs and Spices, French Herbs and Spices, Dessert Spices, and Blended Seasonings.