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12 New Spices for Your Spice Rack

By JulieVR |

Kitchens are opening up to the world’s cuisines – we’re far beyond the days of dried basil and oregano, when bay leaves and curry powder were about as exotic as you got in the grocery store spice aisle. With a boost in ethnic diversity and an increased demand for exotic ingredients at home, more and more spices are becoming available, and boutique spice shops are popping up for those interested in sourcing the very best. Spices – and spice blends – are a great way to boost flavour in your cooking without adding fat or calories – finding a few great ones can add depth to everything from meat to veggies to beverages. Here are a dozen you may not be familiar with – all are worth getting to know a little better.

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New spices for your spice rack

Star Anise

Native to China and Vietnam, star anise is the fruit of an evergreen magnolia tree. It's stunningly beautiful - a hard star-shaped pod, it is often ground and used in spice blends like garam masala, Chinese five-spice powder and chai. Try simmering whole star anise in tea or lemonade concentrate, or steep in cream before whipping it or making creme brûlée or ice cream. (Some info from
Silk Road Spice Merchants!)

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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