How Organic is your Organic Spice?

Just how organic are the spices that are marketed as organic, or organically grown? Where, are peppercorns, for instance farmed organically? Where do they harvest sea salt naturally? And how does one determine if the chilies have been sun-dried?
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Feb. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- A search for organic peppercorns on the internet will yield very few, if any results. Yet, numerous spice traders brand their peppercorns as organic, organically grown or natural.

Organic, organically grown, natural, irradiation free, sun-dried, hand-harvested are all very catchy marketing words and phrases. There is also the big no-list: no artificial sweeteners, no colorants, no MSG, no cornstarch, no corn syrup, no potato flour, no sugar, no citric acid, etc, etc.

According to Wikipedia, organic food and spice are those that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

So the big question remains: “What would be the real test to determine if an orgainic spice is truly organic?” How can a company ‘proof’ that their product is the real thing? That their pepper is organic, that their sea salt if absolutely pure, or that their chilies are sun-dried and stone-milled? There is a company who claims that they can proof that their spice, sugar and salt is totally organic.

South African owned and operated, PepperSquare – Organic Spice is situated in Vietnam, the heart of Southeast Asia. PepperSquare = (Pepper)2 or Pepper to the second power.

“Every month we travel thousands of miles to bring you the purest and most natural spice, sugar and salt there is,” says engineer and owner Andre Park. He continues: “We travel thousands of miles through Southeast Asia to bring you the best and purest spice from the Orient. ”We buy directly from the farmer, no middleman is involved.”

Photographs are taken and published on their site, A new farm goes live every month. You can see where your sugar or salt comes from, how it is produced and who produces it. Every month a different farmer is featured. This month is Khmer salt farmer Som and his extended family. Next month is gourmet organic pepper: kampot pepper from Cambodia.

The coastal region of Kampot is sparsely populated and the warm sea waters of the Gulf of Thailand is pure and unpolluted. Here rural Cambodians eke out a living out of fishing or subsistence farming.

Living in Kepville, Cambodia, farmer Som provides for himself and his extended family through salt farming. It is hard work. Everyday fresh sea water is pumped into the salts ponds of Kampot. Evaporated by the sun and the wind, from the Gulf of Thailand leaves behind large, fully developed salt crystals. These crystals are hand racked into small salt mountains by the Khmer salt farmers of Kepville, Cambodia.

Grey salt, or Cel Grisis is a “moist” unrefined sea salt. Its natural light grey color comes from the minerals absorbed from the clay lining the salt ponds. It is the tastiest and healthiest of all the salts.

Coarse sea salt is preferred for cooking and roasting, but is also milled or ground for exceptional finish as a table salt. Sea salt from Kepville in Cambodia, has a mild salty taste, lingering and not overpowering, with no bitter aftertaste. Freshly grounded, it is excellent for steak, fish and salad.

The cream of the crop – the large, pure, white crystals are ideal for use in a salt grinder, or mill as some might call it. They grind well and in a clear grinder display perfect.

View our range of organic spice, sugar and salt at

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Peppersquare is your one-stop organic spice shop; bringing you the best wholesale pepper and spice in the Orient. South African run, we are based in Saigon, Vietnam - the Pearl of Asia.
We buy direct from the farm, cutting out the middleman. And ship in a choice of 1kg, 2kg and 5kg money saving bags.
To view our organic spice, sugar and salt visit us at
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