Fairtrade Spices

Investing in Fairtrade

The Fair Seas Spice Co., that’s pretty me and two other guys, have recently expanded our line-up Fairtrade certified Spices

Fairtrade Spices

Our Expanded line-up of 100% Fairtrade Certified Spices

Our newest collection, available in 6 convenient sizes, is the perfect gift for even the most ethical consumer out there.

While we source virtually all our spices from small-scale farmers and cooperatives, we are especially proud of our Fairtrade product line. Fairtrade International, a remarkable organization, has done an amazing job in bringing to the forefront the plight of small-scale farmers and producers across the developing world. Often times we forget exactly how our neatly packaged spices, teas, coffees, and clothing (just to name a few examples) found their way onto store shelves. In too many instances, the products we use, consume, and take for granted are the result of some form of exploitation. The Fairtrade stamp is a friendly reminder that as consumers we must always be conscious of purchases we make, and that we always have a choice.

Small Scale Farmer

Small-Scale Farmer in India. Picture by Melanie Hadida

Fairtrade International has relentlessly championed the cause of small-scale producers across the globe. Under the legacy which Fairtrade International has established, hardworking producers who would otherwise receive a pittance for their labour or goods are now receiving just and fair market wages. Along with fair wages, Fairtrade International also places a premium on community development. Buying Fairtrade is not a charitable act, rather it is a legitimate investment in a communities inherent potential.

As of mid-September, the Fair Seas Spice Co. will be launching an expanded 100% Fairtrade Certified Spice Collection. All 11 of our Fairtrade certified spices will be now be included.  Our newest collection, available in 6 convenient sizes, is the perfect gift for even the most ethical consumer out there.

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This Week’s Specials

We’ve got some great promotions going on this week at fairseasspice.ca. Check in on our recipe blog throughout the week for great recipes on all our featured products.

50% off Fairtrade Certified Cassia Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon

Cassia Cinnamon

If you’ve not added cinnamon to your dishes, it’s time you start. While North-Americans usually attribute this awesome spice to cinnamon buns and apple pie, around the world Cinnamon actually forms the backbone of many a savoury dish. Whether you’re using Chinese Five Spice, or cooking up some hardcore Indian, Middle-Eastern, or North-African fare, cinnamon will add a wonderful depth of flavour to your cuisine. We also sell our cinnamon whole. Why? Because the moment the cinnamon bark is ground, essential oils begin to evaporate and the flavour quickly mellows and deteriorates. Buy it whole, grind it fresh and experience real cinnamon, and it’s 50% off to boot. So go nuts.

35% off Cumin Seed

Cumin

Cumin

If I could virtually roast off and grind a handful of these bad boys and transmit the fragrance online, I’d be going through cumin at an alarming pace. This cumin is the real deal. Pungent and flavourful, just a pinch of this spice will propel your cooking from good to great (or not so good to tolerable, we sell spices not miracles). Cumin will enhance almost any dish it dropped into. Don’t believe me? Buy some. The question really is, can you afford not to buy some? We’ll be posting some great cumin recipes this week on our recipes blog, so stay tuned for that.

35% off Turmeric Root Whole/Dried

Turmeric root

Turmeric Root

If Turmeric could speak it would have millions of  devoted followers listening attentively and with blind conviction to its every word. This simple, yet not so simple, spice has developed a cult like following amongst health gurus and nutritional experts. Look online and you’ll find claims (some legitimate, some more dubious than others) that turmeric heals any and every ailment. Now I won’t go on record telling you that turmeric is the new penicillin or some kind of wonder spice, but if even 10% percent of the claims are true, there is no good reason we shouldn’t be consuming just a little of this stuff on a daily basis. How do I add this spice to my daily diet? I just grind it into a fine powder (use a coffee grinder, or if you’re ready for the big leagues, buy our Waring professional spice grinder. I have one but whatever, its no big deal)  and put about a quarter tea-spoon of the stuff into my fruit smoothies, rice, stir-fry, omelette ext. Seriously, you can add it to almost anything.

35% off Fenugreek

Fenugreek

Fenugreek

First of all Fenugreek has nothing to do with Greece. Secondly, why did we decide to make fenugreek one of this weeks featured products? Because not enough people know how bloody awesome this little spice is. When roasted and ground fenugreek imparts this incredible sweet, almost maple like flavour. Fenugreek’s natural sweetness balances a dish’s more bitter notes, and works in perfect harmony with robust flavours like coriander, cumin, and paprika, making it ideal for savoury cuisine.  Not only is this spice essential in recipes spanning Asia and Africa, you’ll sound super sophisticated when you tell people you cook with fenugreek.

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Cinnamon Bun vs. Cinnamon Roll

The age old battle between the cinnamon roll and the cinnamon bun continues to persist to this very day. What separates the cinnamon roll from the cinnamon bun? Absolutely nothing. They just happen to be the top two Google searched terms related to cinnamon. You can tell we’re working very hard on our search engine optimization skills.

Seriously though, what is better than either a cinnamon roll or bun? So many delicious ingredients fighting so vigorously  to give you Type 2 diabetes. Maybe it’s the sugar, maybe it’s the buttery dough made from refined flower, most likely it’s both. Before you can even think of grabbing your insulin you’re hit with the spicy savoury goodness of the cinnamon. Now let’s focus a minute on cinnamon before I hit you up with an awesome high calorie recipe. There is cinnamon, and then there is cinnamon. We sell the latter. In fact we sell two variates of  Fairtrade and organic cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon from India and Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka (Update: we are receiving our Ceylon Cinnamon this Friday and we are very excited; that’s right, cinnamon excites us at the fair Seas Spice Co.) We import and sell our cinnamon unmolested  in whole form.  No dyes, no fillers, no artificial flavouring.  One simply cannot compare pre-ground bulk stuff to our fresh home ground cinnamon (any coffee grinder will do).

Now its time for a little cinnamon schooling:

Ceylon vs. Cassia

Odds are if you’ve bought cinnamon in north America its of the Cassia species. While we commonly refer to Cassia as cinnamon, in reality Ceylon cinnamon is the only variety to be considered true cinnamon. Cassia is also considered to be of higher quality than Cassia . Cassia is grown throughout Asia and consists of the outer bark on the cinnamon tree, while Ceylon is cultivated almost exclusively in Sri Lanka consisting only of  the inner bark of a small evergreen tree called Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Ceylon requires significantly more work to harvest than Cassia and is generally more expensive.  Do Cassia and Ceylon taste the same? Not quite. Ceylon cinnamon is sweet and delicate where as Cassia Cinnamon is more pungent and peppery. Cassia is usually a better suited for savoury dishes, while Ceylon is preferred for sweet dishes. At the end of the day both are delicious, and it really comes down to personal preference.

Now here is the link to the recipe:

You’re Doing It Wrong: Cinnamon Rolls

 

Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll or Bun, it’s all the same.