New! Muscovado sugar from Mauritius


This rich & unrefined brown sugar from Mauritius gains its dark colour & strong flavour from the naturally high molasses content.

With …

Wellington Apiary Honey- a Tasmanian icon


Since 2009, Wellington Apiary has been producing exquisite honey in Tasmania, enhanced by the natural diversity of the island’s diverse and unique flora.

With enormous respect for …

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Valette foie gras & how our chefs are using it

This week at the Prahran store we welcomed a very special opportunity to host Morgane Lennon of Valette, our foie gras producer who is based in Perigord, France.
Nadine from our wholesale team spent Monday & Tuesday with Morgane, sharing with her the opportunity to meet the chefs & …

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Mapuche Spice Blend

The Essential Ingredient Mapuche Spice Blend (‘Merken’) is available now from your nearest The Essential Ingredient store. Can’t get to a store? Buy online for delivery to anywhere in Australia.

Inspiration, they say, can come from anywhere. This simple …


10 Ways to use our Turkish dried roses

These new fragrant rose petals and buds have just hit our shelves from Turkey. They can add a subtle fragrance to savoury dishes, or they can feature as the hero in sweet sensations.

Take a look here at how we’re using them…

Add petals to tagines or traditional Persian sauces. Adding three or …


Our new cinnamon & a recipe for Sri Lankan coconut pudding

NEW Ceylon cinnamon quills

This new Ceylon cinnamon just hit our shelves and prompted a #ThrowbackThursday favourite from Peter Kuruvita

Ceylon cinnamon has long been prized for its mild, delicate, sweet flavours.  More subtle & complex than the spicy flavour of cassia cinnamon varieties (commonly from China …

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Of the earth: Our quality dried funghi

Sometimes the best flavours come from things that are straight from the earth. Or, as in this case, carefully selected and then dried to maintain integrity & intensify flavour. As with all dry products, convenient year-round access is key, but dried mushrooms also offer an intensity of flavour that can …