High quality, Fair Trade and certified organic Sri Lankan spices from PODIE (People's Organization for Development Import and Export).
Available individually, or as a pack of five (one of each):
Organic Whole Chillies, 20 gm - Sent to find pepper in India, Christopher Colombus instead found chilli in America. His misuse of the words 'Indians' and 'pepper' to name what he found survive to this day.
Organic Ginger Powder, 20 gm - Originally dried to survive camel journeys from Asia to the Mediterranean. Great to keep in the kitchen for when you've run out of the fresh stuff.
Organic Cinnamon Sticks, 16 gm - A great addition to almost any recipe, or to mulled wine!
Organic Black Peppercorns, 30 gm - Still one of the world's most popular spices... a perfect seasoning for any meal.
Organic Whole Cloves, 30 gm - The spice that led Magellan to circumnavigate the globe has continued that tradition to this day.
Imported via our friends Trade Aid in New Zealand.
Why buy Fair Trade spices?
Throughout history the spice trade has been instrumental in building wealthy empires. European powers used force to take control of the trade, colonising large chunks of the tropics in the process, and cruelly exploiting spice growers. As a legacy of this colonisation, most spice growers today are still poorly paid.
By supporting fair trade growers' organisations like PODIE, you help ensure these Sri Lankan spice growers get a fair deal. PODIE was established in 1985 in Negombo, on Sri Lanka's western coast, with the aim of improving the lives of small-scale farmer communities within Sri Lanka.
Working with 14 groups involving around 1500 people, PODIE buys directly from the farmers and exports their products directly to fair traders around the world. Three of the groups they work with are women's groups who are mainly involved in producing packing materials, ten are farming groups who produce a range of spices, and one is the group of employees who carry out the processing on PODIE's premises.
By eliminating several links in the traditional trade chain, PODIE is able to pay farmers 25% to 40% more for their spices than going market rates, while also funding other agricultural, health and educational services which together help to raise the living standards of its members.
PODIE (People's Organisation for Development Import and Export) aims to raise the living standard of small-scale farmer communities within Sri Lanka.
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