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Medieval Spices

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

The seven "Must Have" spices are:

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

(see the list of spice merchants included in this directory)

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(Pterocarpus santalinus)

Also known as: Sandalwood, Red sandalwood

Available from:

The Pepperer's Guild (US)

Herbie's Herbs (Canada)

JustIngredients (UK)

Lhasa Karnak sells both Red Sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Yellow Sandalwood (Santalum album). Yellow Sandalwood is not safe for human consumption, so make sure you are ordering Red Sandalwood.

Search: Find recipes that reference Saunders in medieval cookbooks.

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