In this podcast show we tend to interview people who are not only passionate and experts in their fields, but who are basically obsessed with what they do (in a healthy way), so much that they immerse themselves deep into their industry at all levels.
Ian "Herbie" Hemphill is no exception.
His enthusiasm and blissful nature is absolutely adorable. And his experiential expertise!!
Ian is an Australian foodie legend.
He and his family have been educating us about spices and herbs for over 50 years. 3 Generations of herbs and spice Hemphills.
Ian Hemphill's lifelong experience in the spice industry means we can gain the "inside story" into the ancient and stimulating spice industry.
The Hemphill's hobby is also their passion, their business, and their livelihood.
Herbie is also the author of multiple books on spices.
Herbie & Liz wanted to achieve three main objectives for their business Herbies:
• To have the largest range of culinary herbs and spices in the Southern Hemisphere;
• To always search for the best quality and make 100% natural blends;
• and very important, was to educate consumers so they could judge for themselves.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS
The History of the Spice Trade
Adulteration and Quality
• Food fraud.
• Buying powdered spices and blends.
• Packaging and Storage.
For more potency and hygiene.
Organic vs. Non-organic
Spices in Agriculture
Mono-culture vs. permaculture.
Tip for Cooking Spices - for health and taste advancement.
Feature Spices: Know your food and medicine:
Saffron: More expensive plus gold + medicinal qualities.
Vanilla: The most fluctuating spice in price.
Black Pepper: A little sun shrivelled into a medicinal powerhouse. More valuable than we think.
Cardamom: Green and Black - Seed shortage + medicinal qualities.
• The most scientifically researched plant.
• Types of turmeric
• Easy to grow but hard to get good quality.
Native Australian Herbs and Spices
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