Tag Archives: spices

Herbs, Spices and Essential Oils Manual – Free Online Information

This is a really impressive manual published by UNIDO.

Cover of the Herbs, Spices and Essential Oils Manual

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The manual covers the following subjects with the focus being on the post production processes used including a very informative section on essential oils.

  • Major spice crops in world trade
  • Economic Impact and Trade
  • Products
  • Post-Production
  • Operations Losses
  • Pest control 
  • Economic and Social Considerations

Food Processors are well equiped with knowledge and equipment that could be adapted to the production of herbs, spices or essential oils. They, therefore, have an opportunity to consider changing or expanding their business.

Indigenous Plants in the Preservation of Smoked Fish

This is another great article from the African Journal of Food, Agriculture
, Nutrition and Development. 

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It further promotes the potential of the chemical ingredients of indigenous plants. The study clearly show that Piper guinensis is the most effective within the experimental setup. 
It would, however, be nice if there was a bit of information about the nature, dosage and availability of Piper guinensis. A quick look at Wikipedia indicates that it is a strong pepper like spice that would produce a spicy fish which might not suite all and that it is rather scarce and highly valued. 
But very encouraging and worthy of some feasibility evaluation. 

NOMU – African Food Processor

What about a South African company for a change?


NoMU - eat. drink. live. - Rubs, Dippers, Grinders, Vanilla, Cocoa, Hot Chocolate — products.jpg

from: NOMU
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The have a range of things to season your cooking as well cocoa and vanilla. All is packed and presented in a minimal designer manner. They offer grinders, rubs, powders and dips and put an emphasis both on the environmental and health issues. The range is not limited there are for instance 20 different rub flavours.

The potential for these small volume, high value products must make them a natural for the discerning markets of Africa! Cape Town based, the site is open to importers.


Small Scale Spice Processing

This document which is readable online and downloadable in pdf format is another quality document that outlines a small business opportunity.



from: Practical Action
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The headings of the document are:

    • Introduction
    • Correct harvesting time
    • Cleaning
    • Drying
    • Drying during the dry season
    • Drying during the wet season
    • Grading
    • Grinding
    • Packaging
    • Equipment suppliers

Drying requirements are given for mace, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, pepper, pimento, chillies, ginger, cardamom.

Sketches of different types of drying equipment are included and the suppliers section has contact details for seven suppliers of mills.


Ouendmor Ltd Moriba – African Food Processor

Another in the series which simply links to the websites of Food Processing Companies in Africa. It is hoped that the industry can benefit from a knowledge of who’s doing what – either through the establishment of new businesses or through trading.

Moriba is African based in the materials (bisap, tamirand, cashew, African herbs) and recipes it uses in its products, but manufacturing and retail is based in France. I am following up with them to understand what opportunities there are for other products eg Marula and for the retail business in the rest of sub Saharan Africa.

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from: Moriba
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contact details

It seems that the only way to make initial contact with Moriba is through imbedded emails on their website.