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Six Spices You May Not Have Heard Of, But Can Add a Lot of Flavor

by Michelle Mandac on December 11, 2021

Spices are a great way to add flavor to your cooking. It's not just about salt, pepper, and garlic anymore. Spices can be used to add flavor to many different types of foods and meals. Some spices, however, are better used in specific types of dishes. Here are six spices that have unique flavors that you may not have heard of, but can really enhance your food and add some interesting depth:


Saffron. You might have heard of saffron because of its reputation as the most expensive spice in the world. It tastes floral and somewhat sweet, but it also has a slight bitterness to it, which makes it particularly unique.

Sumac. This spice, common in Middle Eastern cuisine, comes from the berries of sumac bushes. Sumac has a mostly sour taste, but not in a bad way. The primary flavor is similar to lemon but much less tart, which makes it a great addition to meats and savory dishes.

Learn more about this lemon-tangy twist spice, 
Click, Original Sumac or Tangy Sumac

Galangal is a root, just like ginger, and it does resemble other roots like ginger and turmeric, but it is without a doubt its own spice entirely. Galangal does taste very similar to ginger, but there is definitely an extra layer of spiciness. Galangal is also more piney and tannic than ginger, and it has notes of citrus fruits.

Garam masala is technically a spice blend instead of one spice, it's one that is in a lot of dishes you've probably eaten without even knowing it! Garam masala recipes may differ slightly, but most recipes include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, mace, coriander, and peppercorns. This is the spice blend that makes curry so irresistible!

Check out our versatile & slightly sweet, click, Garam Masala

Cardamom. It tastes a little like cinnamon, but it's definitely its own spice entirely. The flavor is sweet with herbal, nutty, and citrusy notes that give it that signature scent.  If you've ever tasted apple pie spice, chai tea, or certain types of curry, you've tasted cardamom. 

Cardamon spice is in our following blends:
Baharat SpiceBerbere Spice, Garam MasalaMitmita SpiceThai Spice
Vaduovan SpiceXawaash Spice

Caraway. It comes from the same family of plants as fennel, dill, and cilantro! It's the seed that gives rye bread its distinctive flavor and color, and it's a great way to add subtle flavor to just about any savory dish. Caraway seeds taste a little bit like dill. They have an earthy and pungent flavor that's unique but easily paired with many kinds of cheese and meats!

Taste Caraway in these blends: HarissaTabil

It’s easy to go to the grocery store and get the spices that you know you’ll use. However, if you’re looking to spice up your food, (pun intended) you may want to consider getting some of the spices that you may not know about but will add a lot of flavor to your food. We hope this blog post has helped you find some new spices that you can use to make your food taste better. 

If you have any questions about spices or would like to know more about our spices, please contact us anytime at Thank you for reading, we are always excited when one of our posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this!