"Grown for flavor and aroma, Diaspora Co. spices are guaranteed same-year harvest to ensure the highest potency and freshness. We partner with small, multigenerational family farms, paying them an average of 6x premium for their organically farmed, single-origin spices grown from heirloom seed. In a system where fair trade is a mere 15% premium, we pay what we believe to be a living wage, an investment in the kind of leadership and land stewardship that will build climate resilience and more delicious food systems. Through extensive testing, sourcing visits, and in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, we brings you the very best spices that Southeast Asia has to offer."
Iniya Cardamom: Grown by husband & wife duo Dr. Elango & Dr. Susitra on their lush estate in the Kolli HIlls of Tamil Nadu amidst cloves, nutmeg, and pepper. This is India's only USDA certified organic cardamom, a testament to the decades of investment and care that our doctor-farmer heroes have put in to make this high yielding Njallani variety thrive sans chemical inputs! Flavor notes: mint, pine, cacao, licorice.
Nandini Coriander: Grown on the Sakariya fmaily farm in Shedubhar, Gujarat, amidst custard apples, guavas, and heirloom wheat, this coriander is named after the family's beloved cow, the undisputed matriarch of their regenerative farm. It's a variety that Dharmesh, a third generation farmer and natural farming expert has keenly developed for its incredible fragrance and vibrant coloring. Flavor notes: lemony, floral, nutty, fresh linens
Nagauri Cumin: Grown on Prahlad Ramji's small family farm in Inana, Rajasthan, and rotated with a range of indigenous millets, this cumin is Pralad's first truly organic harvest as a self-taught natural farmer. The farm is on the edge of the Thar Desert, which has the perfect scorching, arid climate for truly flavorful cumin. Flavor notes: earthy, smoke, woody, licorice.
Makhir Ginger: Grown by a small group of organic farmers in the Jaintia hills in Khatkasla, Meghalaya, alongside Lakadong tumeric and black sesame. This wildly strong, surprisingly tiny heirloom ginger variety (Makhir means small in Khasi!) is sourced for Diaspora Co. by our friends at Zizira, a small team of Meghalaya locals dedicated to connecting indigenous farmers to better markets. Besides sheer potency, it's also more caramel-y and aromatic than any ginger you've ever tried! Flavor notes: treacle, lemongrass, warm bread, hachiya persimmon
Aranya Pepper: Grown on the Parameswaran family farm in Thirunelly, Kerala, where Parameswaran and his son Akash have been naturally farming pepper for over 35 years, amidst passion fruit, tigers (no, really!), and the largest collection of bamboo and palm varieties in the region! Their Aranya pepper is vine ripened, hand harvested with utmost care to ensure maximum flavor and unreasonably tasty. The seed variety is a blend of 10+ indigenous, heirloom, and wild varieties. Flavor notes: fig, citrus, jam, nutmeg.
Pragati Turmeric: Grown by the beloved Kasaraneni family amidst marigolds, bananas, and black rice on their 3rd generation farm in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Whilst Mr. Prabhu Kasaraneni’s family has been farming for three generations, he is a self taught organic farmer who began growing heirloom Pragati turmeric in 2015, with assistance from the Indian Institute of Spice Research. Flavor notes: marigolds, sunshine, orange, honey. Curcumin content: 5.2%.