Enjoy high antioxidant meals in the Mediterranean tradition with these five delicious spice blends.
The research first revealing the healthy virtues of a Mediterranean diet took place in the area from Southern Italy to Greece. Our Classic Mediterranean blend combines herbs commonly used in this region. Adding great taste and antioxidants, use in salad dressing, marinades and sautees.
French Fine Herb: "The French feeling about herbs is that they should be an accent and a complement, but never a domination over the essential flavors of the main ingredients,” Julie Child wrote in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Our French Fine Herb blend builds on this French culinary tradition. Uses: Salads, whole grains, vegetables, eggs, fish and poultry. North African: On the south coast of the Mediterranean Sea lies North Africa - Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan and Egypt. As coastal countries, North African cuisines blend the traditions of European, Arabic and African cultures. In European cooking, savory spices and "sweet" spices are typically kept apart. Savory spices including cayenne and other hot peppers, paprika, cumin and most herbs, like oregano, basil and cilantro, are used in the preparation of lunches and dinners. The sweet spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and mint, are used at breakfast and in desserts. In the cuisines of many other cultures, sweet and savory spices are blended to make excellent stews, curries, salads, and vegetables. North African cooking superbly blends sweet and savory spices to create full flavored main dishes or delicious sides. Adding great taste and many antioxidants, use with whole grains, salads, vegetables and beans, soups and stews, dry rubs. Phoenician: Ancient Phoenicia encompassed the territories now defined by modern Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. While great differences exist among the people of these regions, a spice blend known as Za’atar binds the culinary traditions. In the Kardea Kitchen, we use this blend with vegetables, sea food, whole grains and beans. Trade Route Sweet: If you are looking for a great source of antioxidants, look no further than our trade routes sweet spice. Gram for gram, cinnamon and clove are two of the most potent antioxidant available. We have added a few more culinary spices believed to have health-supporting properties - star anise, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. No sugar. Use in cereals and granolas, smoothies, yogurt and whole grain puddings. Did you know? Western history has been defined by the spice trade. Cinnamon, imported from Southeast Asia, can be found referenced in the Old Testament and in Egyptian documents dating to 2000 BCE. Spices initially came to the Mediterranean via overland trading routes and then by ship sailing around the Horn of Africa. The search for alternative trade routes led Columbus to venture west to the America’s. Search in The Kardea Kitchen for delicious recipes using these wonderful spice blends.