Steenbergs Organic Cumin – or jeera – is another classic of the organic storecupboard. Cumin is one of the oldest and most popular spices in the world. Organic cumin has a very distinctive, strong flavour that is and important spice (and smell) in Moroccan kitchens and in Mexican cooking. Use Steenbergs organic ground cumin (or organic cumin powder) to Moroccan cooked dishes and salads or in any Mexican chilli dish, most curries. As one of the most popular spices organic cumin can be added to most savoury dishes.
Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Turmeric comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. Turmeric originates from a root, known as the rhizome, Curcuma longa; it looks similar to ginger and galangal. To create turmeric powder, the turmeric rhizomes are lifted, boiled for one hour to fix the colours, dried for 10-15 days then cleaned (called polishing) before being crushed and ground.
The colour of turmeric comes from its natural curcumin colouration, although it’s commonly a bright yellow, it can also be more orange-yellow and almost brown. Fairtrade turmeric has a distinct earthy aroma and a pleasing, sharp, bitter, spicy and lingering depth of flavour.
Steenbergs Organic Nutmeg is an under used spice with a distinctive pungent fragrance and a warm, slightly sweet taste. Traditionally organic nutmeg used in baking and puddings, nutmeg powder can be sprinkled on any cooked vegetable. Just add butter, some lemon and Steenbergs organic ground nutmeg to steamed spinach to lift its flavour. Alternatively, you can make a Caribbean-style barbecue marinade rub based on an organic nutmeg-ginger base. Steenbergs organic ground nutmeg – or organic nutmeg powder – comes from either Indonesia or Sri Lanka.