Steenbergs Jute bags full of tasty treats for your friends, family (or yourself)
Hampers full of Steenbergs organic goodies - spices, teas and baking ingredients.
Steenbergs spice boxes to enjoy the flavours of the world.
Perfect gifts for loose leaf tea lovers - tour the world of tea flavours with Steenbergs' selections of organic Fairtrade teas and loose tea all in bespoke Steenbergs gift jute bags.
Enjoy these great little gifts for keen cooks - Fairtrade spice stacker or BBQ stacker or our jute bag stackers for our organic flavoured sugars.
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 whichever format suits you - whole, preserved, crystallized, stem, chopped or ground. Also a favourite flavour in organic chai teas and noodles.
Pepper is the king of spices - Steenbergs has a wide range of different types of organic pepper as well as the more unusual
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.
Fairtrade saffron, organic saffron, Saffron from Afghanistan, Iran and Spain - what's your favourite?
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
Non organic salt blends.
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. Most of these are organic BBQ rubs and marinades.
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. All of which are vegan and gluten free.
Organic Stuffings created and blended by Steenbergs at the Steenbergs spice factory in North Yorkshire. Delicious with chicken, turkey and pork.
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.
Stone-milled flour (including organic flour), from Great Britain, speciality flours many low in gluten or gluten free.
Organic and natural sugar and sweeteners 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.
From fairtrade cotton buds to Fairtrade rubber gloves
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.
Mostly organic green and white teas. Enjoy Steenbergs healthy organic green and white loose leaf teas from China , India and Sri Lanka.
Tasty organic herbal teas - loose leaf / infusions.
Steenbergs own range of delectable organic chai teas, created using gorgeous organic Indian tea and our range of rich organic spices.
Earl Grey tea is so popular that we have a range of different types giving different tastes and twists to the beloved bergamot flavour.
Oolong Loose Leaf Tea from Steenbergs
Teas infused with flowers, infusions made up of flowers, flower teas
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.
Pyramid teabags in organic - green tea, herbal tea, chai tea, black tea.
Now largely decorative but Tea bricks were the way tea used to be transported. Steenbergs offers a wide variety of black tea bricks, green tea bricks and pu erh tea brick, all in their own gift box with information card.
Steenbergs delicious loose leaf teas available bulk in stylish resealable bags.
Wide selection of our favourite loose leaf tea infusers - tea balls and teapots with infusers
Turkish tea glasses, modern takes on the classic tea glass and glass tea pots and Steenbergs mugs
Organic Fairtrade ground coffee beans and instant coffee including decaffeinated coffee
Steenbergs loose leaf premium tea in tea tins.
Delicious range of antipasta, antipasto and gourmet Mediterranean treats including organic artichokes, Fish 4 Ever seafood cocktail and organic olives.
From organic rice to organic beans, quinoa and healthy seeds - great for the storecupboard.
All different forms of organic coconut for cooking and baking including dessicated, coconut oil, milk and coconut water.
Organic chocolate and cacao to eat, drink or cook with and delicious Italian Chocolate spread.
Pesto, Nut Butters, tahini, mustards, chutneys, savoury sauces - many of them organic.
Fish 4 Ever gourmet range of tinned / canned fish - sustainably fished, MSC certified
Organic fruit for baking, cooking or munching, as well as organic lime and lemon juice.
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 maple syrup, and delicious organic syrups
Chanterelles, shiitake, oyster and porcini mushrooms, dried, full of umami - ethically sourced from Tropical Wholefoods
Tasty organic nuts and snacks for munching.
Organic pasta from Italy is one of the key staple of organic groceries, as are organic noodles. Steenbergs sells a whole variety of different shaped organic pasta including brown rice, spelt and kamut pasta. We also offer a wide variety of organic Japanese noodles including soba, pumpkin and brown rice noodles from Clearspring and King Soba.
Natural and organic storecupboard groceries including natural custard, vegetarian jelly crystals and Clearspring miso and seaweed.
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.
Ingredients to add and boost your smoothies and juices.
Steenbergs range of organic unbleached cotton towels, robes and slippers
Faith in Nature natural soap, liquid hand soap and bubble bath, Pacifica gorgeous natural glycerine soaps and natural loofahs.
Faith in Nature 's award winning natural shampoos and hair conditioners, Green People shampoo and Suncoat's sugar hairspray - happy hair days are here
Simply Organic Cotton Wool And Tissues, with Natracare tampons
Reusable, sustainable or flouride free toothpaste and toothbrushes
All of these deodorants are paraben free,many of them Aluminium and Zinc Free as well.
Lavera Organic Cosmetics, and Suncoat's natural nail polish remover. Free from parabens and other nasties.
Loofahs, exfoliators and back srubbers and bath mits.
Items of kitchen hardware that help those who just love to bake - mixing bowls, rolling pins and so on.
Colourful laquer coconut and bamboo bowls, as well as recycled aluminium in bright colours.
All those great things for your kitchen that do not fit easily into other categories
Salt and pepper mills from TG Woodware, using either the crushgrind mechanism or the traditional spindle.
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
Wooden chopping boards, wooden serving boards, cheese boards, cake boards
Wooden spoons for stirring, mixing, preserving and creating in the kitchen. Stainless steel measuring spoons.
Eco household products
Practical and eco-friendly cleaning and household products
Earth Friendly Natural Air Fresheners and Maroma Natural Incense sticks and incense burners and Sugar Hill aromatherapy scented candles - scented with essential oils.
Wonderfully illustrated luxury playing cards from Belgium - don't leave home without a pack. Feature food playing cards, nature playing cards and wildlife playing cards.
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
Refill packs and larger quantities of the more popular Steenbergs organic herbs, spices and seasonings blends
Larger amounts of Steenbergs more popular loose leaf teas, many of them organic.
Popular Steenbergs products that we have a special price for if you buy them in 6s.
At Steenbergs organic spices and teas, we are passionate about the wonderful tastes, heady smells, glorious colours and the thrill and excitement of high quality organic spices, peppers, chilli, herbs and organic teas. We are, also, looking for organic food products that can be traced back to the farmers and growers. This provenance and such level of quality only comes through a system of organic agriculture and organic processing for spices and teas.
Organic food is about respect for the consumer and nature, making food the way consumers expect it to be made without harming, damaging or polluting our environment.
But what exactly is organic all about and what (if anything) is so bad with non-organic foods?
At its simplest, organic spices, herbs and teas are plants and seeds that have been grown as naturally as possible. They have been grown sustainably within the natural cycles of the earth, using farming methods that humans have been using to grow and husband plants and animals for millennia.
Organic farming is partly a reaction against processed foods and industrial farming that fights against the natural cycles of the planet by harnessing science to exploit the soil, plants and animals to eke out that extra percentage of yield for the short term rather than nurturing the soil and the spices for the longer term.
Also, in the countries that organic spices, pepper and tea comes from, it is a good programme for the farmers for other reasons – it is cheaper to farm using natural seeds and with compost and manure for fertiliser rather than purchasing chemicals and GMO seeds from the major agrochemical combines. Furthermore, a farmer that grows organic products can increase the financial yield from his crops because organic produce commands a higher price than traditionally farmed foods. So for smallholder farmers in the developing world, Steenbergs believes that organic is a more economically viable from of agriculture over industrial farming.
We can show the process that organic farming follows diagrammatically as a wheel of life that ensures that all the waste material of life, animal as well as vegetable, are returned back to the soil via compost, manure or to the forest floor. This is known as the doctrine of return. This diagram has been adapted from Lionel Picton’s 1946 book “Thoughts on Feeding”.
To start with, any farmer wishing to grow spices, herbs, teas or chilli organically must convert their farm land over to organic farming. This means they must follow organic practices for at least three years before they can sell their spices, pepper or chilli or their teas as organic in the UK, the EU or the USA. This is a significant commitment in time and money.
In a nutshell, organic spices, peppers, chilli, herbs and organic teas must be grown taking into account the following three main principles:
With organic foods, you can be sure that artificial processing has been kept to a minimum. Organic foods tend to have higher mineral and vitamin content. No artificial chemicals are used in farming; no post-harvest chemicals are applied to plants and meat. They contain no hydrogenated fats, artificial additives, flavourings or preservatives. Put simply, organic food contains more of the good stuff we need, and less of the bad stuff that we don't need. For more details, visit Soil Association.
Organic producers, also, consider the environmental impact of food production and the welfare of their workers.
Organic producers start with the idea that they are guardians of the land, respecting the environment, looking to preserve plant and animal species, nurturing the soil and keeping the air and water clean. For more information, you can visit the Soil Association web site.
At Steenbergs spices and teas, a key factor in the way we work is respect for people. We have a strict policy that guarantees producers a fair market value for the goods they produce. We work closely with Steenbergs suppliers to ensure that both they and their workers are paid a fair wage, as well as given decent levels of sanitation, power and education.
Organic has a strict legal meaning in the UK and USA - all food or drink sold as organic within Europe must be produced according to European laws on organic production.
For the UK, this means that farmers, processors and importers must meet regulations set out by defra; in effect, all organic businesses in UK must be reviewed every year by a recognised organic certification agency and importers must obtain import licences from defra for every non-European product.
When we have visited and checked our suppliers, we move to getting import licences from defra. This means that Steenbergs spice, herb and tea growers in India, Sri Lanka etc must also be checked every year and hold valid and current EC organic certificates. Then when we order, each shipment must be checked by the exporter's certification body, the UK Port Authorities and ourselves - Steenbergs obtains laboratory analysis of raw materials to check that they show no evidence of contamination.
The core third party check on organic status is an annual organic audit of our internal traceability procedures that checks the flow of material from seed through importation to finished Steenbergs spice, herb, seasoning or tea. This chain of custody is primarily a documented system for product traceability throughout the farming, importing and manufacturing process.
In addition, our suppliers and Steenbergs itself must follow strict procedures on separation between organic and any non-organic spices and teas to prevent cross-contamination, as well as using cleaning materials approved for organic processing. We are registered and audited annually by Organic Food Federation.
For manufacturers, retailers and consumers, you can check whether our products are organic by the Organic Food Federation symbol and/or the wording Organic Certification UK4 on our labels. The other common symbol is the Soil Association symbol and their tag line UK Certification 5.
The impact of chemicals
But aren't spices, herbs and teas organic anyway. Well unfortunately no, they are generally treated with chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides like all other agricultural plants.
Overall, 25,000 tonnes of pesticides are applied to crops in the UK every year and they are recommended for use in pepper and spice production, see the pepper pamphlet produced by the Spices Board of India.
Pepper, for example, suffers from diseases like foot rot (quick wilt disease) which would be treated (under convetional spice growing) by metalaxyl mancozeb or Bordeaux mixture, or slow decline disease (slow wilt) is treated by carbofuran.
Tea has many diseases that could impact it, with tea diseases including blister blight, charcoal stump rot and nematodes, such Rotylenchulus reniformis. Treatment for these includes (under conventional tea growing) chemicals or copper sulphate treatment for blister blight and synthetic nematocides. Charcoal stump rot has no specific chemical treatment. For dieback by Fusarian solani treatment is recommended to be synthetic chemicals like carbendazim or hexaconazole.
However, of the 75,000 synthetic chemicals on the market only 10% have been rigorously tested with 30% having never been checked. But what is known is not great:
Food in the supermarkets just does not seem to behave in the way they should do - colours are very bright and consistent, everything is free flowing and shelf life seems very long. So for example:
And finally conventional foods (i.e. non organic foods) are not that bad - a balanced diet is the best thing for all of us.
Just choose the best quality food you can find, consider where it came from, then slow down a little, relax and enjoy it!