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  • Vanilla
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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: vanilla

    Vanilla ice-cream and Victoria sponge may not make us think of the Indian Ocean but the story of vanilla is inextricably linked with the region. Although Madagascan Bourbon vanilla accounts for…

  • cumin
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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: Cumin

    The rich pungent aroma and warm, slightly bitter, peppery flavour of cumin seeds permeates through the delicious curries and sauces of much Indian Ocean cuisine. One of the most ancient of…

  • Lemongrass
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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: Lemongrass

    The citrus tang of lemongrass with its warm lemon aroma is a popular flavouring for traditional soups, curries and sauces across the Indian Ocean islands. Originating in Asia, Africa and Australia,…

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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: Ginger

    Grown in Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, the warm, picante flavour of ginger is at the heart of the Indian Ocean’s unique and delicious Creole cuisine. Introduced to the region by both…

  • Chilli
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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: Chilli

    Whether as an accompaniment or part of the main dish, the warm heat of chillies permeate through much of the cuisine in the Indian Ocean. Introduced to the region by settlers…

  • cinnamon
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    Spices of the Indian Ocean: Cinnamon

    Forget warming winter treats, in Indian Ocean cuisine cinnamon is used to add a rich depth of spice and flavour to soups, curries and spice-rubs. The warm, spicy fragrance of cinnamon…