Hello, Friends of The Mala Market!
The 2019 spice harvest has arrived! That means that chilies that were ripening in Guizhou fields in September have been dried by the farmers, cleaned and safety-tested by our supplier, shipped straight to us, and are now ready for you incredibly fresh and fragrant. Deep-red and super soft, they are just beautiful. (See the un-doctored photo above.)
Freshly harvested Sichuan pepper is here too, specifically floral red from Hanyuan and lemony green from southern Sichuan. (Our popular red da hong pao will not arrive until December, as we switched suppliers to get a "special grade" that we feel is worth the wait; the da hong pao in stock now is still incredibly fragrant and numbing, with at least another year of shelf life).
All the warm spices are also here, including cassia bark, star anise and smoky black cardamom for your winter braises. And we're very excited to finally offer a Chinese 5 Spice—deciding after much testing that DIY whole spices are the way to go. Just toast and grind for the always-freshest blend. Smell the holiday season!
🌶Taylor & Fongchong 🌶
P.S. The FDA is still holding our sauces, determining whether we have to relabel them all with English on the front, even though there is full English on the back. We'll keep you posted on that verdict. Thank you for your patience!
P.S.S. Our husband/father Craig wanted us to tell you that freshly made, toasty, 5-spiced chili oil is the new smell of the holidays. At least in our house. And maybe in yours!