What’s Going On With Vanilla?

July 24th, 2017

Having built a decent line in Fairtrade organic vanilla, we recently have had to stop selling it to trade because of supply issues.  At the same time, we’ve been asked by many new customers for vanilla or Fairtrade vanilla.  Everyone’s scrabbling around for a very limited supply of real vanilla, and also wanting a cheaper […]

Cinnamon – Can Science Show Differences In Taste Between Cassia And Cinnamon

June 23rd, 2017

In 2015, we did a study of the coumarin level in cinnamon, cassia and tonka beans.  Following on from that, I decided to get the “active” volatile oils analysed in a few types of cinnamon.  In the past, we have done more general tests and found cinnamon with 40 – 100mg/kg of volatile oils, including: […]

A taste of Spain: Steenbergs smoked paprika and chorizo hash, a heavenly brunch recipe

May 31st, 2017

Smooth, sweet and silky, smoked paprika is truly a delight to cook with. Although paprika can be sourced from Hungary, Steenbergs source organic smoked paprika from Spain and is locally known as Pimenton. There is a distinctly smoky element but there are also peppery and slightly bitter notes which makes this spice incredibly flavourful and […]

Fairtrade organic ground turmeric: The soft golden spice

May 15th, 2017

Turmeric has received a lot of attention recently but it’s truly an old yet new superfood in many ways. This soft gold dust has been used for thousands of years in Asia as both a dye and later for its medicinal properties. Nowadays it’s used more and more in cooking and what better way to […]

Steenbergs Baharat: The heart and soul of Turkish Spices and an Adana Jewelled Kofte Recipe

April 27th, 2017

The next in our series of spotlighting key Steenbergs products – this time it’s the turn of our organic baharat. Baharat is the true and complete spice of Arabia, used in most dishes from meat, fish and even hearty vegetable stews and roasts. Steenbergs organic Baharat version is based on a Tunisian style recipe but […]

An Easter Treat: Dark Chocolate ganache cake with happy hippy flower salt

April 12th, 2017

It’s the classic combination that’s a true winner every time: Dark chocolate and sea salt. Happy hippy flower salt is wonderfully versatile in both savoury and sweet dishes. The flavour is delicate and soft on the palette yet robust and course enough for it to be sprinkled liberally on top of the cake. This vegan […]

Cardamom, the exotic and warm spice

March 31st, 2017

Spotlight  on Cardamom, one of Steenbergs key products   Often being regarded as the ‘Queen of spices’, cardamom is one of the most expensive and beautifully perfumed spice in the world. Originating from India, both the seeds and pods give a very pleasant and warming flavour. Cardamom has also traditionally been one of the key […]

Chermoula, the delightful spice rub for fish

March 24th, 2017

The next in our series of spotlighting key Steenbergs products – this time it’s the turn of our organic chermoula. Chermoula is the main spice mix used in Moroccan cooking. It’s a complex and exotic mix of fragrant spices and herbs; it adds an instant kick to beef, chicken or seafood but is especially good […]

A slice of North Africa: Harissa with rose spice blend

March 9th, 2017

Continuing with our series spotlighting one of the Steenbergs key products. Harissa is the staple spice for North African cuisine and adds a good kick of spice and warmth to your meals. Harissa is most commonly used for soups, stews and even a spice rub for meat and fish. Like the Steenbergs blend, rose petals […]


March 1st, 2017

Axel and Sophie Steenberg are pleased to announce that Steenbergs Limited (Steenbergs), the organic and Fairtrade spice experts, has acquired the business of Old Hamlet Wine & Spice (Old Hamlet), the mulled wine specialists. Old Hamlet was established in 1975 Bury St Edmunds and has been owned by Tim and Rachel Bell since 1991. Under […]