Buying Organic – Why Buy Organic Spices and Herbs.

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  • Author Doug Stranahan
  • Published November 12, 2011
  • Word count 441

I have had a number of friends ask me why we have entered into the business of selling organic spices and herbs on line and the question pretty much comes up about the same: "What’s the difference between what I buy at the grocery store and what you are selling at Organic Spices Rack on line ?

Really, you know what, that’s a question worth addressing. The fact is that what we sell at our store on line is targeted to the consumer who has already make the decision to buy organic and is willing to spend a little bit more for the highest quality of spices and herbs that are available. That is a small slice of the population who use spices, herbs and seasonings in their cooking and clearly does not represent the mindset of the shopper who goes to the grocery store on a weekly basis and has more of a "salt and pepper" approach to cooking.

There are primarily two reasons to buy organic spices, herbs and seasonings. You’re Health, better flavor and if there is a third reason, it would be for the health of our planet.

Organic spices and herbs are grown without using chemicals and unnatural fertilizers. The benefits should be obvious. What we avoid, in terms of ingesting unknown chemicals that may cause cancer, heart disease and other health related concerns, protects us. To be certified organic a grower must grow on land that has not had synthetic fertilizers, growth regulators, insecticides, or herbicides applied to it for a minimum of three years. If not grown organic, you just don’t know what you’re getting.

The fact is that organic herbs and spices just taste better. Standards for processing, storage, packaging and shipping of these products almost assure that they are fresher and more favorable. Our partner and supplier date stamps their packaging so you know what you are buying is not something that has out lived it’s shelf life. The benefit to you, as a consumer, is that you don’t have to guess about the quality and freshness of the product you buy.

If you care about Mother Earth then you probably already buy organic and if you don’t it may be reason enough to consider the move. Because organically grown foods, herbs and spices don’t add pesticides, fertilizers and other dangerous chemicals to the environment the natural balance of the land is maintained. Streams, rivers, lakes and our underground water supplies have less risk of becoming polluted. Bottom line, we all benefit as good stewards of the land, eat well and stay healthy.


Doug Stranahan is the owner of and knows the importance of picking the right organic spice for the right job.

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