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Organic Spices & Extracts in GTA?

SittingAroundEatingBonBons Apr 29, 2009 01:26 PM

I'm hunting high and low for places to shop for organic spices and extracts and concentrates in the GTA? Any suggestions pretty please!

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    Snarf Apr 29, 2009 01:31 PM

    Spice Trader on Queen West.


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      SittingAroundEatingBonBons Apr 29, 2009 01:39 PM

      Oh I love Spice Trader but I need someone with more variety in the extract and concentrate arena.

      1. re: SittingAroundEatingBonBons
        Otonabee Apr 29, 2009 04:46 PM

        Love Spice Trader too, maybe ask them about the extracts. Wondering if maybe Whole Foods or one of the larger health food stores would carry things like that.

      2. re: Snarf
        radiopolitic Apr 29, 2009 06:12 PM

        I just picked up some sumac from there earlier today. Smells freaking divine.

        1. re: radiopolitic
          dxs Apr 29, 2009 07:30 PM

          radiopolitic, would you say the sumac from Spice Trader is worth paying extra for? (I'm imagining it's pricier than what you would buy at middle eastern stores, correct me if I'm wrong). I get through a fair amount of the stuff, but wouldn't mind paying more if it's of a superior quality...

          1. re: dxs
            radiopolitic Apr 30, 2009 11:49 AM

            I just purchased it for the first time yesterday so I haven't used it in any application just yet, however, from the smell it is definitely more fragrant.

            $6.75 for 50g... but wooo that smell, I almost feel like snorting it, lol.

            1. re: radiopolitic
              dxs Apr 30, 2009 01:27 PM

              Thanks. Sounds like it may be worth it, guess I'll just have to do a taste test now :)

        2. re: Snarf
          Flexitarian Apr 5, 2011 07:12 AM

          I buy almost everything organic and frequent the farmers markets in Toronto so I am used to paying higher prices, but I was absolutely blown away buy the high cost of the spices at the Spice Trader (compared to McCormick's and other organic spices I've found, say, at The Big Carrot).

          Do people find that The Spice Trader's prices are worth the stiff premium? I ended up walking out of the store shocked and empty-handed.

          Spice Trader
          805 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          1. re: Flexitarian
            Snarf Apr 5, 2011 09:16 AM

            They do a number of things well, and if you want the 'organic' tag, then it's one of the few. In terms of pricing, they do a few things that are market competitive, and they generally are fresher, but you can save much money if you don't want the organic tag by going to House of Spice or Kohinoor.

            For example,. 1g of kashmiri saffron is $14, which isn't bad for the quantity and the freshness.

            1. re: Flexitarian
              bluefirefly Apr 5, 2011 11:46 AM

              I agree with Snarf. You have to be selective of the things you buy there as some things are about the same price, and others cost a lot more. However, for finding rare ORGANIC spices, this is the place. I've found some of the spices elsewhere, but they aren't organic.

          2. flying101 Apr 29, 2009 03:11 PM

            pusateri's carries organic spices, also mccormick (national brand available everywhere) has an organic line, I am sure wholefoods, or any natural food/organic food store will have organic spices.

            never looked for / come across organic extracts...
            would they have do use alcohol from organic grains? not many available in that department i would think.

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              SittingAroundEatingBonBons Apr 29, 2009 03:26 PM

              thanks muchly for the suggestions

              1. re: flying101
                daviddoug Apr 4, 2011 11:02 PM

                they use grain alcohol for organic turmeric powder?

                1. re: daviddoug
                  trombasteve Apr 5, 2011 05:32 AM

                  I think flying101 was probably referring to extracts, like vanilla, which use alcohol as a solvent.

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                Phrizzie Apr 30, 2009 11:04 AM

                In the west end, Whole Foods (Oakville) has *the* best selection of organic extracts and spices I've come across. I also shop at Organic Garage in Oakville (about 2 minutes west of Whole Foods), and they have better prices but a much more limited selection of spices, and very few extracts but for the more popular (lemon, vanilla, etc.).

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                  albanis Apr 5, 2011 12:37 PM

                  I buy most of my spices at Karma Co-op, http://www.karmacoop.org/
                  I can't go back to buying any spice non-organic now.

                  I did buy some non-alcoholic based vanilla at Pusateri's, the one at Avenue & Lawrence. It wasn't that much more than Whole Foods or something.

                  1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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