Where to Buy Your Favorite Israeli and Middle Eastern Spices Online

Find everything you need without ever going to the store.

As we continue to practice social distancing, especially in densely populated areas, it’s a good idea to limit trips to the grocery store. But what if you just got back from stocking up and realize your jars of za’atar and sumac are dangerously low? You’re not going to go back out for one or two ingredients, but of course, you don’t want to be without the items that make good food taste even better.

Enter: online shopping. There are myriad online stores that specialize in your favorite spices and seasoning blends. In fact, these smaller purveyors’ quality is typically markedly higher than grocery store versions, without being much more expensive. Here are some of our favorites, all of which ship around the country.

 

New York Shuk

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I'M NOT FREAKING OUT, YOU'RE FREAKING OUT!!! * You can now find @nyshuk harissa’s & preserved lemon paste in all @thefreshmarket store locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. * 161 stores. 22 states. 😮🙌#TheFreshMarket * ➡️To celebrate the above ill be shipping our Signature Harissa, Harissa with Preserved Lemon and Preserved Lemon Paste to 3 lucky peeps. Enter by tagging your friend that lives in one of those states 🙂 USA only. Winners announced on Friday. Photo: @mariamidoes

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For some of the best za’atar, baharat, ras el hanout, sumac, and hawaij the internet can provide, look no further than New York Shuk. They also sell crackers seasoned with their spice blends, harissa, and preserved lemon paste. To order visit: https://www.nyshuk.com/.

And make sure to check out NY Shuk’s recipe for Harissa bloody marys. 

 

Burlap and Barrel

A favorite among food editors and chefs alike, Burlap and Barrel specializes in sourcing incredibly high-quality single-origin spices from small farmers, paying the growers fairly for their product. To order visit: https://www.burlapandbarrel.com/

 

Spicewalla

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The blend-iest blend we’ve ever blended, Ras El Hanout. Literally translating to "head of the shop," this Moroccan blend was created as the ultimate spice-flex for merchants and shop owners. Allowing them to feature their “top” spices (often up to 100) in a single blend. But, don’t let that number overwhelm you if you‘re thinking of making your own, or if you’re not big on lots of spices. Today, the blend can be found with up too 100 spices, or as little as 7! We use 12 🙂 ⁣ ⁣ Though popular in Moroccan and other North African cuisine, most of the spices used in this blend didn’t originate in Morocco, rather they were brought over during the Columbus-era spice trade. While there‘s a basic foundation of spices usually found in Ras el Hanout, like cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin, at the end of the day it’s literally a blend of whatever spices you’re feeling especially into (within reason 😉). ⁣ ⁣ Because there’s no “traditional” recipe, the flavor profile is unique to the person making the blend. Ours is a mix of spicy, sweet, and savory—perfect for rubs and marinades, rice and other grains, soups and stews, or even sprinkled over some snacks like popcorn or roasted veggies. Need some visual inspo for using Ras el Hanout at home? Link in bio for @alysebaca’s Ras el Hanout Sweet Potato Peanut Stew. 🍠💛

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Started by a four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef, Spicewalla’s expansive spice collection goes far beyond the Middle East. Once you’ve purchased spices in their stunning tins, you can buy refills packaged in compostable pouches. To order visit: https://www.spicewallabrand.com/

 

Kalustyan’s

Though nothing compares to wandering through the aisles of Kalustyan’s in person, the Manhattan shop’s online store is open for business. In addition to top-notch spices from around the world, they also sell legumes, dried fruit, grains, syrups, and so much more. To order visit: https://foodsofnations.com/product-category/spiceseaoning

 

The Spice House

The Spice House has a dedicated Middle Eastern section, spanning the global influence on the cuisine. They’ve also curated sections of spices typically used in, among others, Caribbean, Eastern European, Latin American, Thai, Korean, Greek, and North African cooking. To order visit: https://www.thespicehouse.com

 

Hashem’s

Specializing in high-quality Middle Eastern whole and ground spices, as well as spice blends, Hashem’s also sells canned legumes, coffee, dairy products, tahini, tinned fish, oils, breads, and kitchenware. To order visit: https://www.hashems.com/store/spices-and-herbs

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