What's your favorite (online) source for bulk spices?

I'm about to do a whole bunch of infusing, and I'm just wondering if anyone has any sources for spices and dried herbs (including some potentially offbeat ones - like orris root, for example) that they really like.

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pierino
pierino September 20, 2012

I don't know about orris root but I like http://www.culinarydistrict.com/ for things like fennel pollen and porcini mushroom powder. This is the on-line identity of Surfas down in LA (Culver City actually)---combination "gourmet" and restaurant supply.

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames September 28, 2012

What a great resource, pierino! Thanks for posting the link. ;o)

hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour September 20, 2012

World Spice Merchants has some great stuff. http://www.worldspice.com/
Mountain Rose Herbs carries orris root in addition to culinary and medicinal herbs. I have not ordered from them. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

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Pegeen
Pegeen September 20, 2012

I also found World Spice to be very good. And their customer service was very helpful when I needed it.

msdianer
msdianer September 20, 2012

I think the Arora Creations line is pretty amazing for their organic Indian spices. www.aroracreations.com

I'm pretty sure they do bulk too.

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Diana B
Diana B September 20, 2012

myspicesage.com With a minimum order, there's always a bonus something-or-other - I usually wait until the bonus is vanilla beans!

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avimom
avimom September 20, 2012

penzeys.com! Penzey's is a family business based here in Milwaukee and they have THE BEST customer service. They are also very good to the community, sponsoring things and giving money. I often wander into their store, become intrigued by some new spice combo I hadn't previously thought of, and then buy it and spend the rest of the day looking for recipes.

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Panfusine
Panfusine September 20, 2012

Savory spice shop, they have a store in Princeton and its a godsend for all things spicy & sweet!
http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/ware.html

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy September 20, 2012

Kalustyan's. I buy a lot of my spices from their NYC store, but they also have them online http://kalustyans.com/default.asp. Just checked and they have orris root.

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fiveandspice
fiveandspice September 21, 2012

Thank you SO much, everyone, for all these helpful suggestions!

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jsgs
jsgs September 26, 2012

sfherb.com
Teriffic prices!

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames September 28, 2012

Wow, I'm so glad to know about this. Their spice selection is not extensive, but I like that they sell broken Saigon tea, and you're right -- overall, their prices for teas and spices seem quite reasonable. Thanks for posting the link! ;o)

Dan Soloway
Dan Soloway September 28, 2012

Penzey's is a great resource for spices though a bit more mainstream. A few things to keep in mind when ordering anything online - sourcing practices, quality and food safety standards. Penzey's in national, known and recognized. Their product quality is excellent and their food safety standard is very high (3rd party audit, etc.). You don't think about food safety when you sprinkle cinnamon on your french toast, but you should. I have recommended Penzey's to industry friends and colleagues when their needs are large and small.

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Nancy
Nancy January 16, 2017

Used to like and recommend Penzeys, but don't since owner used his newsletter after Nov 2016 election as a soapbox.

Myla
Myla October 10, 2014

Orris Root?! What is that? I'm always looking for unique spices to try. I have been looking for a bulk source for black garlic and I stumbled on the SpiceJungle https://www.spicejungle.com - I think they're new. I'm not sure if this thread is still alive or not, but has anyone shopped there before?

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Nancy
Nancy January 16, 2017

As I remember, orris root acts as a preservative. Used it in a recipe for making pomanders (clove studded oranges).

Wendy
Wendy October 16, 2017

Hi Myla! You asked this question quite some time ago. But, since I am familiar with the site you are wondering about I thought I would add an answer anyway. I recently placed an order at spicejungle.com for some dried chilis and mushrooms. The products arrived pretty quickly and were absolutely lovely. I also placed an order at their sister site beanilla.com and was equally impressed. I hope this helps!

Deborah McLaren
Deborah McLaren January 16, 2017

For organic, authentic Indian spices www.ancientindianspices.com Not bulk but extremely original and high quality.

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thespicepeople46
thespicepeople46 October 7, 2017

I ordered mine at https://thespicepeople.com.au/ they're very awesome. My family love it everytime I cooked for them.

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HalfPint
HalfPint October 17, 2017

I've been using Ebay lately. Not only can I find the more offbeat ones, I can also find my usual suspects in different "cuts" (sorry couldn't think of better terminology). For example, I was able to buy green cardamom seeds, not the whole pod, just the seeds. And soft cinnamon bark from Ceylon, not hard sticks but softer bark which I can crush with my bare hands. My stand-by is Penzey's but they often don't have the more exotic stuff.

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Jason McKinstry
Jason McKinstry December 22, 2017

My ultimate champ when it comes to spices and dried herbs especially if you buy it in bulk is https://thespicepeople.com.au/

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Carrie
Carrie January 24, 2019

Used Penzeys for years until the barrage of insulting political propaganda emails in 2016. Will not spend another penny there.

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Victoria
Victoria January 27, 2019

They're still sending out political propaganda in their newsletter. I was a new (and then un-subscriber).

Gammy
Gammy January 24, 2019

My current favorite spice merchant is The Spice House in Milwaukee. The owners are the sister and BIL of the owners of Penzey's. They are great to work with and seem to have a larger and different selection of spices than Penzey's, not to mention their prices across the board are less. They also run specials you can get in on once you are on their emailing list.

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