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Fundamentals Collection

6, 9, or 12 spices fundamental to any cook. Ships free.

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  • Single origin spices sourced directly from small farms
  • Over 10,000 5-star reviews
  • Guaranteed to wow you or we'll replace

Get yourself a set of single origin spices from Burlap & Barrel, a social enterprise that works directly with smallholder farmers around the world the source incredible spices.

The Fundamentals Collection is a beautiful set of 6 spices that are fundamental to any cook, a real upgrade for both the cooks and eaters in the family. Use every day to upgrade your dishes. Packed in a beautiful box and ships for free within the US.

The 6-spice collection includes:

  1. Silk Chili Flakes
  2. Limestsone Rosemary
  3. Purple Stripe Garlic
  4. Flowering Hyssop Thyme
  5. Smoked PimentĂłn Paprika
  6. Royal Cinnamon

The 9-spice collection includes everything in the 6-pack, plus:

  1. Wild Mountain Cumin
  2. Kashmiri Chili Powder
  3. Buffalo Ginger 

The 12-spice collection includes everything in the 6 & 9-pack, plus:

  1. Cured Sumac
  2. Robusta Black Peppercorns
  3. Fermented White Pepper

Silk Chili Flakes

The Turkish variety of the Aleppo pepper, our summery, mildly spicy Silk Chili was historically ground using heavy silk ropes, giving them a smooth, slippery texture. They have a warm, tomato-like flavor and a medium heat, similar to Espelette and Korean chilis.

Tasting notes: Roasted Tomato • Honey • Mediterranean Sun


  • Sprinkle over pasta or pizza
  • Add to soups and stews

Purple Stripe Garlic

Our Purple Stripe Garlic powder adds depth and complexity to everything it touches. The powder can be used in place of fresh garlic, or as an upgrade to standard garlic powder. Add it to tomato sauces, stews, salad dressings or simply sprinkle it onto stir-fries or pizza.

Tasting notes: Brown Butter • Toasted Hazelnut • Asafoetida


  • Add to onion, carrots and celery as a flavor base for sauces, stews, braises or beans
  • Sprinkle over reheated pizza

Flowering Hyssop Thyme

Our Flowering Hyssop Thyme has a beautiful floral, herbaceous flavor and aroma. It has an ancient history of culinary and medicinal usage in Turkey, where it is the primary ingredient in za'atar. Use it in place of regular thyme with roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and tomato sauces.

Tasting notes: Lavender • Wild Herbs • Pine


  • Add to stocks, soups, stews - especially your tomato sauces
  • Toss with vegetables, olive oil, salt, pepper and chili flakes before cooking

Smoked PimentĂłn Paprika

Our rich, sweet Smoked PimentĂłn Paprika comes from a protected region in Western Spain, where sweet red peppers have been grown and smoked for centuries. Fresh peppers are slowly dried over oak coals, which imbue them with a rich, smoky flavor that imparts a savory depth and gorgeous color.

Tasting notes: Hardwood Smoke • Ripe Tomato • Summery Sweetness


  • Mix with salt, ground cumin and coriander for a meat seasoning or dry rub
  • Add to your favorite classic Spanish paella recipe

Royal Cinnamon

Our Royal Cinnamon is an heirloom variety not widely harvested or exported, and it exemplifies the intense sweetness and spiciness for which Vietnamese cinnamon is prized. Use it in place of Saigon or other cinnamons in pastries and baked goods, or sprinkle into rich, savory meat or tomato-based dishes.

Tasting notes: Brown Butter • Buckwheat Honey • Orange Peel


  • Beautiful in baked goods, spice cookies, oatmeal and desserts
  • Brew with your favorite coffee or tea

Wild Mountain Cumin

Our Wild Mountain Cumin has a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor evocative of grilled meats and sweet caramelized onions. The tiny, oblong seeds are hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. The seeds are smaller and softer than the cumin you may be used to, and they do not need to be ground before use.

Tasting notes: Grilled Onion • Dried Apricots • Mountain Air


  • Bloom seeds in hot oil or ghee and use as the base for stews, curries or braises
  • Mix whole seeds into guacamole, vinaigrettes or yogurt-based spreads

Kashmiri Chili Powder

Our Kashmiri Chili Powder is an heirloom variety grown in Kashmir. The chilis are prized for their flavor and vibrant red color, which imparts a beautiful hue to rubs and stews. The rich color and bright, sweet flavor make this chili powder a perfect everyday alternative to cayenne or hot paprika. Ours is hotter than others you may have tried!

Tasting notes: Grilled Sweet Pepper • Cucumber • Medium Heat


  • Use in a rub for grilled lamb or other meat kebabs
  • Use anywhere you'd use cayenne pepper, chili powder or hot paprika

Buffalo Ginger

Our ground Buffalo Ginger is an heirloom ginger variety grown by a group of farmers in the mountains of northern Vietnam. Known for its fruity, floral aroma and powerful heat, this is a complex and flavorful ginger powder that will elevate baked goods, stews and curries, and beverages from hot drinks to cocktails.

Tasting notes: Pineapple • Fresh Herbs • Bright Heat


  • Add to apple pies, cookies, cakes and other baked goods
  • Use in place of fresh ginger in soups, stir-fries and braises

Cured Sumac

Our spectacular Cured Sumac is an easy swap for lemon juice in any recipe, or use it to add character and brightness to salads, fish, meat or dips. It has a bright, sour, salty and slightly fermented flavor.

Tasting notes: Sour Cherry • Salt & Vinegar • Sunny Acidity


  • Swap for lemon juice in any recipe
  • Sprinkle over hummus, salad, roasted veggies, meat or scrambled eggs

Robusta Black Peppercorns

Our gingery, savory, workhorse-of-the kitchen Robusta Black Peppercorns come from a small organic farm in Vietnam. They're harvested when the peppercorns are ripe, and their classic, herbaceous, robust flavor captivated us at first grind! They're grown by two friends, Dūng and Thanh, using regenerative integrated agricultural techniques. This is your daily black pepper.

Tasting notes: Dark Roast • Dried Fruit • Tropical Heat


  • You know what to do: grind over everything
  • Add to tomato sauces, braises, beans, soups and stocks

Fermented White Pepper

Our savory, funky Fermented White Peppercorns are highly prized in Indonesia but rarely found in the US. They add a deep umami flavor and funk to everything they touch. They're grown on a family farm on the island of Bangka by a farmer named Pak Sugiri and his son, Ilham. The peppercorns are picked fresh and fermented according to traditional methods.

Tasting notes: Goat Cheese • Celery • Funky Fermentation


  • Grind over steak to mimic the flavor of dry aging
  • Use in traditional Cantonese and southeast Asian dishes that call for white pepper

Limestone Rosemary

Our piney, aromatic rosemary is grown organically in Provence by a cooperative of partner farmers. It boasts a rich, complex, clean flavor that is the result of both careful farming practices and a superlative terroir. It's harvested in early summer, when the small, verdant needles are cut and dried as they ripen to a brilliant green. We pack it as quickly as possible to preserve the delicate oils that give this herb its signature citrus-peel flavor.

Tasting notes: Juniper • Citrus Peel • Pine Forest


  • Sub for fresh rosemary in any recipe
  • Add to soups and stews
  • Use in braises for chicken, red meat and root vegetables
“An excellent gift for the discerning cook.”
"The flavors are so profoundly better it borders on being almost unbelievable... spices are stunningly fresh and vibrant."
"No set will get the job done better than this collection of ethically sourced spices."
how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
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
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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