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May 10, 2010 08:31 AM

Fresh spices Scarborough/Markham

I've seen posts about this topic, but gave up after page 8 (there were 41 in total). I bought some at Spice Trader on Queen Street awhile ago, but it was too far for me. I live in the east end of Toronto. I did like that their spices were organic. I also found some at Ambrosia Health Store in Thornhill, a bit of a drive also, but their spices were not fresh.

Any other ideas for fresh organic spices?

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

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  1. Why not check in with Better Bulk (Danforth & Woodbine)?
    Very customer oriented with a lot of organic options.

    If they don't have what you want, they might be able to order it for you.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Full tummy

      Great link, thanks Fulltummy, but was looking for something a bit closer to home. The store looks amazing though. I'll have to keep it in mind if I happen to be in that area.

      In reply to your last sentence, I'm just looking for basic dried spices - oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.

      1. re: Full tummy

        Hi Full tummy, you were right again! We made the drive (right after The Wedding Cake Shoppe) to Better Bulk. A bit hard to find but Brian even went out of his way to go outside and wave to us from across the street when we couldn't find his place.

        The products are very fresh (and we're fresh obsessed)! My husband said he could smell the dill when I opened the bin, and he wasn't even standing right beside me!

        We also picked up shaved toasted coconut which I have never been able to find anywhere. This will be for my famous coconut cupcakes that I plan to make again!

        Brian told me to thank you for the referral as I couldn't remember your name. He is so friendlly and helpful. The prices were great too. We bought dried cranberries as well. The place is clean and the bins are dark and not exposed to light.

        I came home and threw my spices away and filled them up with the ones we bought from Better Bulk. Here is a picture of the dill I bought a few days ago and the dill from Better Bulk (in the bag). Can you see how dark it is? Can't wait to put it on our salmon for tonight.

        Again, thanks for the recommendation!

        1. re: red dragon

          Wow, that's quite a commendation for Better Bulk. Good for them! And I'm glad you found the shop!

      2. Couldn't edit my post above to clarify that I mean fresh "dried" spices.

        1. JohnVince? Don't know how fresh their spices are, been there once but there is a wide selection.
          There is a persian bulk sort of store in Richmond hill I believe that keeps getting recommended on here, I can't recall the name