Friday, November 11, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide- Gourmet Single Origin Spices from Burlap and Barrel!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Burlap and Barrel for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

I love foodie gifts and spices are at the top of my gift giving list!  Burlap and Barrel has some really fantastic spices and spice gifts that are sure to be a big hit for anyone who adores food as much as I do!  Check out some of our favorites:

Burlap and Barrel offers an extensive line of non-GMO, non-irradiated, single origins spices that use no fillers.  These spices are sourced directly from small farms around the world. They are harvested by hand, dried naturally, grown organically whenever possible, and packed with flavor. 

Burlap and Barrel lets you pick single spices or build your own set.  There are so many amazing options to choose from, but we are really loving these in our kitchen right now:

Zanzibar Black Peppercorns

Vine-ripened whole Zanzibar Black Peppercorns are carefully hand-picked and sun-dried for a bright, fruity and spicy peppercorn. Black pepper grows in bunches like grapes, on a climbing vine. Most black peppercorns are harvested while still green, and the drying process gives them their distinctive dark skin. These are rich, chocolate-colored peppercorns with dense wrinkles and a bright, fruity spiciness.  Burlap and Barrel is the exclusive importer of Zanzibar black pepper into the United States. This pepper is a super tasty replacement for other black peppers.

Royal Cinnamon

Royal Cinnamon has the intense sweetness and spiciness that Vietnamese cinnamon is prized for. Often mislabeled as Saigon Cinnamon, this heirloom variety rarely reaches the US.  Royal Cinnamon is the species Cinnamomum loureiroi. It was historically called Saigon cinnamon, but most of what's exported as Saigon cinnamon these days is Cinnamomum cassia. Royal Cinnamon is lovely in anything your would put cinnamon in or on!

Black Urfa Chili

In southeastern Turkey, you'll find black Urfa chili (or its uncured red variety) on almost every table. It's delicious on kebabs and other grilled meats and veggies, cooked into stews and chilis, in salad dressings, sprinkled on fluffy scrambled eggs, and even mixed into brownies.

Black Lime

This Ground Black Lime is grown on a family farm in Guatemala, where ripe limes are dried in the sun until they oxidize, turning black and savory. A versatile ingredient common in Persian cooking, it has a savory, tart flavor that's great on roasted meat or vegetables, in stews and anywhere you'd use lime juice.


This spectacular za'atar is blended at origin in Palestine with locally grown herbs, sesame seeds and sumac. Za'atar is a blend named after its key ingredient, a Levantine species of oregano that flourishes in the region's characteristic arid conditions, and it also includes sesame seeds, sumac and other ingredients, depending on who's making it. Good za'atar tastes savory, deeply herbal, piney, nutty, tart and peppery.  We adore za'atar!

Smoked Pimenton Paprika

Smoked paprika is a staple in our kitchen.  It adds depth to so many amazing dishes!  To create this smoked paprika, sweet, red pimentón peppers are slowly dried over oak coals, which imbue them with a rich, smoky flavor that imparts a savory depth and gorgeous color to any dish. Burlap and Barrel's Smoked Pimentón Paprika comes from a single family-owned fábrica in the Extremadura region of western Spain famous for pimentón de la vera, which has a Designation of Protected Origin status from the European Union.

Wild Mountain Cumin

Comino is another staple spice in our kitchen and we are really enjoying this Wild Mountain Cumin.  It is hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. It has a savory, penetrating aroma and bright, umami flavor evocative of grilled meats and sweet caramelized onions.

Burlap and Barrel offers foodie gifts too!  These would make fantastic stocking stuffers:

Burlap and Barrel Woven Kitchen Towels

They worked with a textile producer for five months on these towels, tweaking the design, weight, pattern and size. Many, many versions later, they've got the perfect kitchen towel for you.  The towels are made from 100% woven cotton and are ready for any task in your kitchen, from taking a hot pan of lasagna out of the oven to transforming into a table-protecting trivet to drying your dishes.  When you're done, you can use the blue tag to hang the towels at the ready.

Spice Sourcing Puzzle

Since I adore both spices and puzzles, this gift is a no brainer!  This beautiful Spice Sourcing Puzzle features a hand-drawn world map with spices in their countries of origin. Whether you're puzzling solo or with the family, it's a great way to learn about where our spices come from and how they look as they grow. The puzzle comes in a colorful box with a picture of the full puzzle to help guide you whenever need a hint. This is perfect for kids aged 8+ and adults alike.

Burlap and Barrel sources equitably from expert farmers all over the world using fair and sustainable practices.  They have access to unique varietals never before imported to the US.  They are working towards ending inequality and exploitation in food systems that disenfranchise skilled farmers.  

I'm super impressed with their ideas on sustainability. "Mainstream conversations around food sustainability rarely consider the people involved in growing, harvesting, transporting, processing and cooking food. Sustainability is discussed in terms of environmental impact, or the comfort of livestock providing meat, dairy or eggs. Burlap and Barrel believes that the standard measures of sustainability must evolve to consider the conditions in which the farmers who drive global food supply chains earn their livelihoods. Single origin ingredients draw attention to the unique environments in which incredible ingredients grow and to the farmers with the expertise and commitment to grow them well."

So freaking cool!  So if you have someone on your wish list who adores spices, check out Burlap and Barrel for some really phenomenal gift ideas from so really phenomenal folks!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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