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Medieval Spices



The criteria for being listed as a spice source on this site are a bit complicated. Of the spices commonly used in medieval European cooking, there are six that are not usually found in local US grocery stores. If a spice merchant carries at least four of these six spices then they will be added to the list.

The six "Must Have" spices are:

ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
cubebs (Piper cubeba)
galingale (Alpinia officinarum)
grains of paradise (Aframomum melegueta)
hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
saunders / red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus)

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If you know of an spice merchant who should be listed here, or have comments - positive or negative - about the quality of products or service provided by these spice merchants, please send them to me using the contact page.


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