Rachel Walker was working on the food desk at The Sunday Times when she founded Rooted Spices in 2018. Watching the pace of change in the coffee and chocolate industries – Rachel figured it was time that spices caught up. Rooted Spices started at her kitchen table, with a singular aim: to find the best tasting spices possible. Bridging the gap between those fragrant bags of spices you pick up at overseas markets and the dusty, decades-old jars found at the back of British spice cupboards.
Rachel began to track-down samples and tasted hundreds (and hundreds!) of different spices. What became clear is that different regions had different specialties. No wonder – each region has growing conditions best-suited to specific spices. The also have generations of farmers who know how to get the best tasting spices out of a harvest.
Supermarkets often mix together spices, and list them as coming from ‘countries of multiple origin’. However Rachel set about compiling a range of ‘Single Origin Spices’. Each one picked for their incredible taste, freshness and potency. Over time, the range has expanded into blends too. We have both traditional spice mixes as well as our own unique spice blends.