Best lightly roasted before use, imparting a nutty aroma and crunchy texture to dishes. In India the seeds are usually ground, to thicken and flavour sauces. Tastes good in sweet pastries, breads and is ideal for garnishing vegetables.
Available in 100g bags.
The worlds most popular spice. True pepper is actually a berry (not be confused with paprika, cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, red pepper and bell pepper).
Whole black peppers are the dried berry fruit containing a single seed. The dried fruit flesh gives the wrinkled apearance typical of black peppercorns. Pepper gets its heat from the piperine compound found in the fruit skins and the seed itself. The skin also contains important flavour compounds which give black pepper its distictive citrus and woody notes. White pepper has the fruit and skin removed which determines the difference in flavour between black and white pepper.
Whole Black Pepper
Nutrition / Allergen Information
Suitable for vegetarians
Available in 1Kg bag
Lotus root is an acquatic plant root grows under water and comes under water lily family. The formal name for the lotus is Nelumbo nucifera, although it is known by a variety of other native names in the countries where it grows.
Normally sauteed in hot oil before adding vegetables to your dish. Used in pickles and chutneys and an important ingredient of the Vindaloo. Sprouts easily like cress. Excellent in salads.
Available in 2Kg bags.
Nigella seeds or Kalwonji are small black seeds with a mild and peppery flavour. Used in curry mixes and sprinkled on Indian breads. Often sprinkled on potatoes and buttered vegetable dishes. The seeds of "Love-in-a-mist" give a peppery warmth when sprinkled onto naan breads. The oil from Nigella seeds is deeply prized by Muslims for its beneficial health properties.
Butter beans complement many different flavours - you can marry them with tomatoes and garlic, fresh herbs, cream, butter, braised lamb, green vegetables or chilli. Eat them whole, or puree. Natco butter beans and add them to soups and stews to give texture and body. Available in standard 2 kg pack.