Steenbergs selects its organic dried herbs from specialist growers around the Mediterranean.
Imported from around the world, Steenbergs range of organic spices is second-to-none.
Steenbergs range of organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices
Delicious and colourful these make a wonderful addition to many meals. They can also be used for potpourri and craft!
Organic ginger in which ever format suits you - whole, preserved, crystallized, stem, chopped or ground.
Pepper is the king of spices - Steenbergs has a wide range of different types of organic pepper.
Steenbergs salts are hand-harvested sea salts from Europe and further afield as well as salt blends.
Hard to find specialist spices including hot hot chillies
Succulent organic (many of them Fairtrade) vanilla in all formats.
Our new baby bulk range of orgnaic spices, herbs and blends
The new range of Steenbergs spice blends in premium containers.
Choose from our favourite salt and pepper mills.
Everyone should have these spice and herb blends in their storecupboard - at Steenbergs, we blend these Classic Mixes using our finest organic spices and herbs.
Enjoy the flavours of American cooking using Steenbergs range of organic American spice blends - from Tex-Mex to Southern Fried.
Organic Arabian flavours from Steenbergs
Flavours from around Asia - from organic Nasi Goreng to China 5 spice.
At Steenbergs, we blend our own organic spices and sugar blends to our own recipes.
Steenbergs range of BBQ seasonings, great as rubs or as dry marinades. Rub on and sizzle.
Steenbergs range of organic curry mixes and curry powders - for all curry enthusiasts.
Variety of organic flavours specifically designed for fish and shellfish
The Mediterranean offers a huge range of cookery, from peppery organic paella to hot organic harissa and exotic ras al hanout.
How do you improve on our amazing organic pepper or our sundried traditional seasalt? By blending them.
Organic vegetable bouillons and gravy mixes.
Organic Stuffings from Steenbergs.
A gorgeous range of seasonings and flavoured salts created for Laura Santtini, the mistress of food bling and creator of Taste No 5 with the powerful umami hit.
Steenbergs range of extracts now has natural almond extract that uses bitter almond oil, organic lemon extract, organic orange extract, organic peppermint extract, organic Fairtrade vanilla extract and organic flower waters - organic orange flower water and organic rose water.
At Steenbergs, we blend our own organic spices blends to our own recipes. So enjoy Home Baking with Steenbergs organic Fairtrade Mixed Spice.
From organic dried fruit to yeast and flaked almonds - all your bakery ingredients from Steenbergs.
Cake decorations and edible gold leaf for wonderful baking.
Stone-milled flour (including organic flour), gluten free bread and cake mixes from Great Britain, speciality flours many low in gluten or gluten free.
Organic and natural sugar for baking -several of them Fairtrade - molasses and syrup.
From recycled foil to unbleached baking paper - lots of ideas for the eco-friendly cook.
Steenbergs' pioneering range of Fairtrade spices.
Steenbergs range of Fairtrade organic tea: loose leaf tea and bagged tea - green and black tea.
The Fairtrade flavoured sugars and vanilla extract from our home bakery range
From Fairtrade chocolate and golden syrup to Fairtrade coffee and fruit.
Fairtrade cotton products from shopping bags to facial wipes and tissues.
organic salt mixes to cook with, add at the table and generally enjoy.
Lava red sea salt, yellow salt, persian blue, a rainbow colour of salts.
Great salts to finish off your culinary creations.
A whole range of premium fleur de sels from around the world
Mostly organic teas and some are also Fairtrade. Enjoy Steenbergs healthy organic green and white loose leaf teas from China , India and Sri Lanka.
Oolong Loose Leaf Tea from Steenbergs
Beautiful and tasty hand-crafted teas that have been tied into the shape of flowers or tied with flowers like jasmine to create a tea that looks spectacular as well as tasting great.
Mostly organic teas plus some that are also Fairtrade. Steenbergs favourite organic black teas - loose leaf tea - from beautiful Darjeeling teas to malty Assam teas. This section began as organic tea but has grown quite a lot and now includes some that are non organic to round out the range.
Steenbergs own range of delectable organic chai teas, created using gorgeous organic Indian tea and our range of rich organic spices.
Tasty organic herbal teas - loose leaf / infusions.
Steenbergs delicious loose leaf teas available bulk in stylish resealable bags.
Luxury, spicy and delicious organic Fairtrade hot chocolate
Organic Fairtrade ground coffee beans and instant coffee plus a few non organic coffee substitutes that we have included in here as well
A range of soft drinks and alternative morning beverages like Guarana and Barley Cup
Wide selection of our favourite loose leaf tea infusers - tea balls and teapots with filters
Pyramid teabags in organic - green tea, herbal tea, chai tea, black tea.
From organic rice to organic beans - great for the storecupboard.
All different forms of coconut for cooking and baking. Most of them organic coconut.
Delicious traditional cereals and mueslis to start the day with (or any other time of day)
Organic chocolate to eat, drink or cook with.
Savoury sauces, Nut Butters, mustards, chutneys and jellies - many of them organic.
Range of tinned / canned Fish 4 Ever sustainably fished
Organic fruit for baking, cooking or munching
All Steenbergs seasonings are gluten, dairy free and vegetarian. These are some of the other products we stock that are for gluten and dairy free cooking.
Raw Italian honey, Fairtrade honey, organic tahini, organic maple syrup, delicious Italian organic chocolate spreads, organic syrups
From organic sushi ingredients to soba noodles and miso soup.
Tasty organic nuts and snacks for munching.
Organic pasta from Italy is one of the key staple of organic groceries, as are organic noodles.
Organic storecupboard ingredients from organic rice to organic sugar and pasta
Tomatoes in many different forms - sun dried, tinned or pureed. Wonderful to use.
Fairtrade or organic culinary oils and vinegars from extra virgin olive oils to balsamic vinegars.
Tasty selection of Italian antipasti
Suncoat natural hairspray and Faith in Nature and EcoBath natural bath stuff, wooden back brushes.
Natural Products for First Aid includes Tiger Balm, Manuka oil to help you through everyday bumps and sprains
Biodegradable nappies to organic bubble bath and nit combs
Everything you need for natural traditional shaving and men skin care with natural health and beauty products
Natural and ethical Cosmetics, organic cotton and natural hair removal systems.
Suncoat's water and sugar based make-up and nail polishes and removers.
Weleda - the wonderful skin care company that has been creating natural skin care ranges for plants for the last 80 years.
Simply Organic Cotton Wool And Tissues
Organic and Natural Sun Lotions to help protect you and your family.
Faith in Nature 's award winning natural shampoos and hair conditioners
Pacifica perfumes, no parabens, no animal testing. No artificial colours. Gluten free, suitable for vegans.
New Trend Organic Cosmetics From Lavera - organic lip glosses and eye shadows to foundations
Steenbergs range of organic unbleached cotton towels, robes and slippers
All of these deodorants are paraben free,many of them Aluminium and Zinc Free as well.
Reusable, sustainable or flouride free toothpaste and toothbrushes
Items of kitchen hardware that help those who just love to bake - mixing bowls, rolling pins and so on.
All those great things for your kitchen that do not fit easily into other categories
Pepper and salt mills, pestles and mortars and all sorts of wonderful things that enhance your love of all things herby and spicy
Love your tea, love your teaware and enjoy our selection of tea items that will complement your tea and coffee life
Incense sticks , joss sticks and incense burners great for creating different ambience and moods around the home
Natural Scented Candles from Pacifica and Maroma
Natural Air Fresheners or natural air fresheners
Organic cat food from Lilys kitchen, in foil containers.
Organic and natural tinned dog food from Lily's Kitchen
Seeds for the wild birds in your garden
Hampers full of Steenbergs organic goodies - spices, teas and baking ingredients.
Wonderfully illustrated playing cards from Belgium
organic mini spices to enjoy the flavours of the world.
Perfect gifts for tea lovers - tour the world of tea flavours with Steenbergs' selections of organic Fairtrade teas.
Enjoy these great little gifts for keen cooks - Fairtrade spice stacker or BBQ stacker.
Get baking for Christmas with Steenbergs
Christmas gift ideas for the cooks amongst your friends and family.
Organic mulled wine spices and Christmas tea
Stocking filler ideas and thank you presents from under £2.00 to under £10.00
Spices are the buds, bark, roots, berries and aromatic seeds that are harvested for use in flavouring cooking. Herbs are the fragrant leaves of plants. Even the tiny filaments of saffron are referred to as a spice. (Saffron is the stigma which is hand plucked from a small mauve crocus native to Kashmir - hence its expense.)
Typical examples of spices are organic cloves (buds), organic cinnamon (bark), organic turmeric (root), organic peppercorns (berries), organic vanilla (the bean from a tropical orchid vine) and organic cumin, organic coriander, organic dill and organic fennel (seeds).
Most spices are grown in the tropical regions of the world, with some thriving in the cool misty highlands. Many of the seed spices come from more temperate areas, such as coriander seed, which is grown in Northern India, Africa and Eastern Europe.
The majority of spices are still harvested in the way they have been for centuries, by hand! Most of the developments in the spice industry have been with respect to growing and post-harvest treatment such as grading and cleaning.
Through spices, nature provides an incredible variety of colours, textures, aromas and flavours that add interest and depth to our meals. The many and varied flavours in spices are held in the volatile oils that naturally occur in spices. Some of these flavours are apparent in the fresh spice, for example in ginger. Other spices either change or only develop their true flavour on drying. One dramatic example is organic Fairtrade vanilla, a green tasteless bean that grows on a tropical climbing orchid. It is only after drying and curing that the enzyme reactions which take place actually form the vanilla flavour. In a similar manner, when peppercorns are picked green, the enzyme reaction that occurs upon drying turns them black and creates the pepper flavour we all know so well.
Because the flavours in spices and culinary herbs are held in the volatile oils, it is essential that they are stored in the correct way so that the flavours do not escape. Firstly, they must be packaged in high-barrier, good quality materials. This applies to all herbs and spices whether whole or ground, however the quality of the package is most critical for ground spices as the grinding process has begun the release of flavour - that is why ground spices are often more convenient to use.
Herbs and spices packaged in thin plastic bags, cellophane packs or cardboard canisters are all allowing the volatile oils and therefore the flavour to escape.
Herbs have a milder flavour than spices. Some herbs like organic bay, organic lavender, organic marjoram and organic rosemary are better in our opinion when dry. Others are better used when fresh, such as chives, parsley and basil, and if you can grow these yourself, buy them fresh or use freeze-dried products.
When your organic herbs & spices arrive, you should store them in airtight containers, out of the light and away from heat. Once you have received your organic herbs & spices we recommend an optimal shelf life of 18 months. If the age of your material exceeds this, we recommend re-purchasing your organic herbs and spices. Steenbergs Organic's herbs & spices have been packed especially for you in attractive glass jars with a high quality metal cap to keep the flavour in, or in a traditional metal spice container. Organic ground spices lose their flavour quicker than whole organic spices. Organic herbs and spices will fade in bright light, especially sunlight.
If you want to display your collections in a spice rack, mount it in an area which is away from direct heat or sunlight. Delicate herbs, eg organic parsley, are particularly sensitive, and should be kept in a cupboard for the best colour retention. Steenbergs Organic's products have been dehydrated, so your must never use a wet spoon to measure out your spices; were you to do so, the moisture will affect the quality of the spices & herbs that it touches and could cause lumps to form. If the weather is extra hot and humid, it might even cause mould. The herbs and spices you add to a meal constitute a minute proportion of the total cost, so it really is worth always using the best quality available.
Often and with enjoyment! When you have a basic understanding of the various spice flavours and how they complement different foods, you can use your own creativity and taste instincts to experiment with a whole range of combinations. There are also some simple application methods which, depending on your level of confidence and how busy you are, make the daily use of spices rewarding and satisfying.
Spices can be grouped into five basic categories, being sweet, pungent, tangy, hot, and amalgamating. The way we use these and the amounts we put into cooking are governed by these characteristics. Examples of the different types of spices are:
Sweet: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla Pungent: cloves, star anise, cardamom;
Tangy: ginger, tamarind, sumac
Hot: pepper, chile, mustard, horseradish
Amalgamating: coriander seed, fennel seed
Most herbs (such as thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano, bay leaves, mint and rosemary) are savoury. While herbs do have varying degrees of flavour intensity, this is not as dramatic as with spices.
Start by using a recipe that sets out the specific quantities of each spice, smell it as you add it and be conscious of the contribution it is making to the recipe. When you eat the meal, think of the spices you added and see if you can recognise them in the final taste. You will be surprised at how quickly your awareness of the spices used will develop. Alternatively, you can experiment by adding spices to familiar dishes. This is especially handy for the busy person who has a host of favourites and wants to create many variations on a familiar theme. When doing this, think of the flavour you would like to achieve and then use spices from one or more of the five basic categories to create your own taste sensation!
Say you want to give 4 lamb chops a Moroccan flavour. Start with small amount of a pungent spice that is characteristic of Moroccan cuisine, a teaspoon of organic ground cumin seed. To this, add a little tangy spice to tantalize the taste buds, a teaspoon of ground ginger. Next we want a little heat, but not everyone likes hot food, so add ¼ teaspoon of mild organic chilli powder. Now, to make these spices all work well together and to balance the mix, add 4 teaspoons of organic ground coriander. Mix well and add a pinch of salt if desired. Rub the mix generously onto the lamb chops, squeeze over a little lemon juice to moisten the coating and allow to dry marinade in the fridge for ½ an hour. Grill, barbecue or pan fry in a little oil. Squeeze a little more lemon on just before serving with rice and lightly spiced vegetables.
Because the flavours of vegetables are less robust than meats, avoid the pungent and hot spices, and go with sweet and tangy spices. Roast carrots with cardamom or add ½ teaspoon of organic spearmint to peas and serve with this delicious saffron rice. To make saffron rice: put 8 organic saffron strands into a mug and pour over boiling water; leave to steep for 8 minutes. Add one cup of rice to a pan, then strain over this the organic saffron tea. Add the following extra organic spices to the rice: 2 organic green cardamom pods, 4 organic Fairtrade cloves, ½ teaspoon of organic whole cumin seeds and 2cm of organic cinnamon quill. Cover the rice with water and cook until soft.