While pepper originally belongs to South India, it's grown in other tropical countries as well. It's played a vital role in history, and has been considered as an important spice from time immemorial. In ancient Greece , it was also used as currency. To make black pepper, the peppercorns must be plucked just before ripening, left to ferment and then dried until they shrivel and turn black. For Molina Chai we use the Malabar black Pepper from India with its mildly dark, slightly bitter flavor.
Coconut blossom sugar, also known as palm sugar or coco sap sugar, is a natural sweetener that has a very sweet and caramel like taste. This sugar that is made from the coconut palm’s sap of cut flower buds is what has been used for ages in the regions of Southeast Asia, and is now getting more and more popular all over the world. We make sure we only use organic natural sweetener coconut blossom sugar that has a plethora of health benefits to offer. We make sure we import the best organic coconut blossom sugar from the world’s largest producer in Indonesia.
Cloves are a spice with a hot flavor that originated somewhere on the Molucca Islands as early as 1271 BCE. The clove tree is thought to have been imported to China about 2000 years ago. Soon after, its popularity spread over the entire European continent. Cloves have great analgesic, antiviral and antibacterial properties which is why they are widely used in the traditional Indian and Chinese medicines. We get the best cloves from the Moluccas, also known as the Maluku Islands.
Black tea is made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, also known as the tea plant. This tea generally has a stronger flavour than lighter teas due to the heavier oxidation and contains more caffeine. The Camellia sinensis is a shrub that originated in China, although tea is cultivated worldwide nowadays, in places where the climate is ideal.
Ginger is a spice with a very warm and spicy taste originated in Southeast Asia. Its history dates back 5000 years when this spice was incorporated into the Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine thought it to be a luxurious tonic that could eradicate many ailments. Soon after, it became widely cherished in the Mediterranean regions, not only for its therapeutic properties, but also for its exclusive lemon-like aroma as well as its biting taste. We import the best dried ginger from Nigeria.