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  • Yelp Reviews

    Dana V. -American Canyon, CA 7/03/2012

    "Sarah is so helpful! Plus, every time we arrive with an empty bottle from the grocery store spice glass container she gives us a 5% discount. YaY!
    I suggest buying your spices/salts/sugars in the little bottles since they are fresh seal packed and easly used that way.
    The Smoked Bittersweet Paprika made our already de-lish dish even better and the French Grey Salt rocks on baked potatoes is awesome!
    Raspberry White Chocolate Sugar makes your coffee a even better treat too.
    This is a must stock up on all your spices and the "trendy" ones with a twist to amaze those you cook for."


    Nelson Q. - Faith, Family, Friends and FOOD....That's how I roll...... Las Vegas, NV - 6/28/2012

    "Wow! you don't have to travel the world in search of spices, Whole Spice brings the world to you. "Trendy" spices such as smoked paprika and a few rare sea salts are available as well as spice rubs and flavored sugars are found here too.

    I have never even heard of or used some of these spices, like Dukkah, Zhug or Phoron, and I was surprised they even carry Pink Curing Salt, which has other aliases, or its more familiar abbreviation, TCM (tinted curing mix) an additive used in the charcuterie world which keeps meats from oxidation and looking bright and appetizing (hot dogs, ham, corned beef, etc.)

    Step aside kosher salt and black peppercorns, there's a lot more interesting seasonings in town!...ALOHA!!!"


    Patti T. - Sacramento, CA - 6/05/2012

    "I've been to Oxbow Market twice and bought spices from Whole Spice each time. They have a very BIG selection of spices, mixed spices, rubs, salt, and anything and everything you can think of ...they HAVE IT! Nice part is you can just get the amount you want, a few ounces if you arent sure you will like it. Not like grocery stores, you end up buying a jar and never use again.

    I live 1 1/2 hour away and I wanted more spices. The website has a lot for you to order from (but I don't think they have as much selection as they do at the store). The shipping for ground transport is only $8.95 no matter how much I bought (I bought 5 lbs worth of spices). OMG I ordered them late Sunday night...they were delivered on my front door on Tuesday morning WOW- that's the fastest service ever!

    I love their BBQ Spicy Rub and the Vindaloo Masala mix- wonderful!"


    Katherine L. -New Orleans, LA - 3/25/2012

    "This was my first time in Napa and my friend and I were just driving around town and exploring. We stumbled into Oxbow Market and were extremely excited about Whole Spice. We love to cook and we love to experiment, and coming from New Orleans, there is no place there that has the variety of spices that Whole Spice has.  Our favourite purchase has to be the Smoked Yakima Applewood Sea salt out of the 12 we bought (haha). Yes we got a little out of control.  We haven't been disappointed by any of the spices that we purchased, and we bought a little over 3 ozs each.  I got really worried that we were running out of the Applewood, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that they sold their spices online. Score!

    What more can I say? I wish we had a store here in New Orleans."


    TINA T. -Elk Grove,CA 6/06/2012

    "I agree with Patty...very helpful and friendly service. Love their spice blends: chipotle honey rub, crushed habanero - 1 dash goes a long way! , za'atar, 7 spice Lebanese,  I'm like a kid in a candy store!  Compared to grocery store spices, some are cheaper by the oz here."

    Kristine D. - A Mama on the Move!Mountain View, CA 11/27/2011

    “Located inside the Oxbow Market, Whole Spice offers the most amazing variety of spices I've seen anywhere.  Patrons are encouraged to unscrew the lids from the store's collection of large spice jars and smell anything they'd like --- curries, rubs, sugars, salts and more all yours for the sniffing!  You can purchase already packaged shakers of spices or should you find a jar your nose can't get enough of, bring it to the counter and the person running the place will measure it out a requested amount and bag it for you.

    I walked away with a small bag of Hickory Salt, some Apple Maple Sausage rub, a little jar of Sweet Onion Sugar and  Lavender (France) Fancy.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with them!

    If you become an Oxbow Market member (which takes seconds), you can get 10 percent off your purchase.”


    Robin T. - Long time Foodie - Napa, CA 5/22/2012

    “I can't say enough about the inventory at this store.  I discovered it strolling around the Oxbow waiting for my C Casa Taco's.  Who knew so many spices could be crammed into a tiny little area.  They have everything you could think of and more.  I found the spice needed for a girlfriends test recipe she is experimenting with on her next cookbook.  The prices are by the ounce and I think are very reasonable for the quality you get.  They even have REAL Ceylon Cinnamon which is getting harder and harder to find these days.  I went there to get one thing and came out with 5 spices my kitchen couldn't function without (little did I know) Check out is a little slow and they don't have the space but two employees instead of one would benefit the store greatly.”


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  • Gourmet Flavored Sugar

    There's a new trend taking hold of the culinary world and that is flavored gourmet sugar. Imagine, there is actually something more to love about this amazing sweetener? The rich combination of sugar infused with distinctive flavors such as lavender, maple-cranberry, dark-cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon or even sweet-onion sugar are just some of the outrageous gourmet sugars available at Whole Spice as well as other specialty stores.
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  • A Holiday Twist with Peppers

    In some parts of the world the temperature has already dropped, and what better way to usher in this change than with those marvelous seasonal vegetables that you can roast, pure, or grill, and the exotic peppers you can use to add that extra umph to your recipes.

    I am delighted to talk about those amazing peppers that I grew up eating, but are still relatively new in the States: Aleppo, Maras and Urfa. These three cousins come from the same region and are widely used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Maras is mildly hot and sweet, and Urfa has a smokier flavor, and is also mildly hot. Both are from Turkey and both were named after the town of the same name. Aleppo is a milder chili with a fruity flavor, but after it is dried, it becomes slightly saltier; this pepper hails from a long-inhabited city along the silk-road in northern Syria close to the Turkish border. Continue reading

  • Holiday Meals With A Twist


    For making holiday meals with a twist, I plan on using several of our popular artisan flavored salts: Fleur de Sel al Pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika), Truffle Sea Salt, Smoked Alderwood Sea Salt, and Smoked Hickory Sea Salt.
    A few of my favorites are fleur de sel al pimenton which is made from dried smoked peppers and pure sea salt that is used in many Spanish dishes, especially for making great tapas, such as patatas bravas, calamari fritas, and the famous aioli sauce, which is made from mayonnaise, garlic and smoked paprika. Continue reading

  • Kaffir Lime Leaves - New Addition to the Whole Spice Roster

    Kaffir lime fruit

    Native to Indonesia, the Kaffir lime tree produces highly aromatic leaves that are widely used for many Asian dishes, also including Thai, Cambodian and Lao cuisines.





    Kaffir lime leaves Kaffir lime leaves

    The deep, emerald-green leaves are easily recognizable, as they grow in doubled sections, making them appear as if two leaves are joined together.







    Dried kaffir lime leaves

    Kaffir lime leaves are perfect for adding an elegant flavor to almost any Asian cuisine, especially stir-fry, soup, curry, salad and fish dishes.

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  • Holiday Spices

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  • A Symphony of Spices

    I can give you a few good reasons why I am always excited about the fall season hot apple cider, mulled wine, apple pie, pumpkins and the promise of traditional holiday feasts. And now that were into autumn, I am challenging myself to be as creative as possible by experimenting with some new recipes. Although, I can say that challenge is the key word here, in that what I baked the other day was a disaster. I should put out a disaster cake recipe, but I'm sure my readers would avoid it like the plague. So, I'm sticking to what I know how to do best, and that is using traditional spices and making traditional recipes that work.

    Since there are so many holiday spices to list, I decided to write about the ones that I mostly use when baking. Continue reading

  • A Pomegranate A Day!

    A favorite time of year for me is the early harvest season when the produce sections of markets are deluged with seasonal fruit, vegetables and nuts. And there is one particular fruit that we are extremely in deep-like with and that is the pomegranate.

    The pomegranate is as rich in its 4000 year old history as it is in texture, color and flavor. In ancient civilizations, the pomegranate has come to symbolize many things from abundance to prosperity to inspiring mythical lore, but one thing for certain is that the pomegranate is one of natures finest works of art. Continue reading

  • Ramekins Spice Tasting & Cooking Demonstration

    Flyer announcing our invitation to demonstrate & cook at Ramekins in Sonoma, Ca.
    Spice Samples


    Shuli and I were invited to a cooking class at Ramekins Culinary Institution in Sonoma, CA. to introduce certain spice blends that are uncommon in the US. We had a great time, and it looked as though the participants were enjoying themselves as well. We put out over a dozen samples of some of the most exotic and unique seasoning blends that we produce at our spice plant in Petaluma. We had fun!

    Ramekin Chef Ambassadors, Shuli & Ronit Madmone
    We featured over a dozen spice blends samples for the class
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