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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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Saunders
Saunders

Saunders

(Pterocarpus santalinus)

Also known as: Sandalwood, Red sandalwood


Available from:

Lhasa Karnak Herb Company (US)
Mountain Rose Herbs (US)
The Pepperer's Guild (US)

Herbie's Herbs (Canada)

JustIngredients (UK)
Spiceworld (UK)


Notes:
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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