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Spices can be added to a dish at many points throughout the cooking process. but the clearest expression of the spice itself comes through when it's used as a finishing ingredient or garnish.

A garnish is the easiest way to add spices to a dish, adding an intense burst of flavor. Spices are used as garnishes in virtually every cuisine: think sprinkling chili flakes on a slice of pizza, adding sumac to hummus, or stirring toasted garam masala into biryani.

Apply your finishing spice to the dish right before serving for a final burst of aromatic fragrance and flavor.



Sprinkle cured sumac over store-bought hummus and serve with pita or carrots.


Slice zucchini lengthwise and sear in a hot, dry cast iron pan with a little salt until they are lightly charred and just softened. Chop the cooked zucchini into large pieces and toss with a bit of flavorful olive oil, cured sumac, black Urfa chili, oregano buds, and salt to taste.

Why it works: A garnish of fresh, floral spices pairs beautifully with the sweet and smoky flavors of grilled vegetables!


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Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
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