Keres Spices Products Are Now Available at Tomato Happy Hour

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Keres Spices has teamed up with Tomato Happy Hour to make our products available to Spicewood residents. Tomato Happy Hour is the great creation of Kathleen Henderson.
They are open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week.  Tomato Happy Hour is focused on supporting local farmers and vendors.  Tomato Happy Hour is a valuable assest to our local community and we hope you will stop by to check them out.


The Keres CSA is Now Accepting Members for Our Fall Season

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20160607_093030The Keres community supported agriculture serves Spicewood, TX.  Weekly deliveries are scheduled according to your schedule.  We are now accepting memberships for our autumn season starting September 21, 2016 at just $50.00 per month.

About Our Farm

  • Located on 0.84 acre of Rural Farmland
  • True Farm to Table Products
  • 100% GMO Free
  • Owned and Operated by Real Chefs and Farmers

 What We Offer

  • All Natural Free Range Chicken Eggs
  • Herbicide & Pesticide Free Vegetables and Herbs
  • All Natural Honey
  • Organic & Fair Trade Spices and Dried Herbs
  • Sea Salt & Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Artisan Breads

The Healing Power of Spices

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Keres_Spices-Whole_Black_Pepper_-headerSpices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions.

Indian spices were known the world over since ancient times but were mostly used as ingredients or additives in food. However, recent research has unearthed several medicinal applications of spices that could give a further boost demand for several Indian spices.

The Times of India reported that a siddha drug ‘Venthamarai choornam’, a mixture of cardamom, ginger, cumin seeds, long pepper (thippili), dill(sada kuppi), licorice (adhimadhuram) and white lotus petal can bring down blood pressure. This has been observed in in a study on rats and could well gain acceptance as treatment for human ailments too.

It has reported that capsaicin, a hot chemical found in chilli peppers can be effective in treatment of arthritic pain.

The report said that adding curry powder to food could give anti-inflammatory benefits for those facing ortho ailments. The curcumin compound in curry powder and turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Way back in 1999, a US firm promoted by an Indian pharmacist Dr Mohammed Majeed had won a US patent for developing Curcumin C3 complex from turmeric which enhances the ability to prevent , as well as intervene in free radical activity. It is marketed at a standardised tuermic extract with 95% curcuminoids- curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin.

Spices are rich in phytonutrients and other active ingredients that protect against disease and promote healing. In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Type II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, spices can be used long- term without concern for side effects, according to

-Vanilla: Vanillin, a component of vanilla has anti-carcinogenic properties capable of killing human cancer cells. It has been found effective in treatment of sickle cell anemia in mice. It is an aphrodisiac and systemic administration of vanilla essential oil has been found effective for patients with impotency, erectile dysfunction and frigidity. It’s an anti-depressant, sedative as well.

Nutmeg:is effective in pain relief, reducing cholesterol, improving memory, sexual desire, relieving anxiety, indigestion, even reducing wrinkles in skin.

Pepper: Piperine in Pepper stimulates taste buds and improves digestion. It has a pride of place in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.Regular use of pepper inhibits growth of human colon cancer cells, piperine compounds reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, and also found to reduce Alzheimer’s disease.

India’s Peppercorn Market is Dropping Like a Rock

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Source: Business Standard

India has slipped to the fifth position in the global pepper exports market, behind Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil and Malaysia, according to the International Pepper Community’s (IPC) estimates for this year. Last year, India was fourth on the list, according to IPC data.

For this year, estimated exports from India, the top exporter in the world two decades earlier, are only 17,500 tonnes, against 1,08,000 tonnes from Vietnam, 53,000 tonnes from Indonesia, 27,500 tonnes from Brazil and 20,000 tonnes from Malaysia. Three years earlier, pepper exports from Indonesia and Brazil lagged India’s.

In the last two-three years, prices in India were often $1000/tonne higher than in other producing countries. Also, the quality of products from nations such as Sri Lanka is better than Indian pepper. Vietnam offers the ASTA grade pepper, comparable to India’s Malabar Garbled grade, at low prices. Therefore, India fell behind in the traditional markets of the European Union and the US.

India’s pepper exports in the January-October period were just 16 per cent of the exports from Vietnam, the world’s largest producer and exporter. Vietnam exported 1,02,759 tonnes of pepper, while India’s exports stood at only 16,000 tonnes. In the year-ago period, exports from India stood at 20,000 tonnes.

Exports from Vietnam include 88,435 tonnes of black pepper and 14,324 tonnes of white pepper. Though the exports were 7.4 per cent lower than in the year-ago period, their value rose 9.5 per cent to $697 million. Of this, black pepper accounted for $564.4 million, while white pepper’s share was $132.2 million.

The average export price of black pepper during the January-October period was $6,382 a tonne. For white pepper, it stood at $9,229 a tonne. Compared to the year-ago period, the price of black pepper was higher by $1,016 a tonne, while the price of white pepper was higher by $1,427 a tonne.

For Vietnam, the US was the largest import market (14,226 tonnes, 13.8 per cent). The Gulf Cooperation Council, Germany, Holland, Singapore, India and Egypt also imported major quantities of pepper from Vietnam. For white pepper, Germany was the biggest importer (3,371 tonnes), followed by Holland (2,040 tonnes) and the US (1,517 tonnes).

Next season, global production of black pepper is likely to stand at 3,16,832 tonnes according to IPC estimates. This is slightly below last year’s production of 3,27,090 tonnes. Exporters feel in the next season, production would stand at 3,59,832 tonnes.

According to IPC estimates, global exports of the commodity would stand at 2,14,541 tonnes next year. Vietnam is slated to top the table, with 85,000 tonnes of black pepper and 10,000 tonnes of the white variety. India is likely to export 25,000 tonnes. Of this, 23,200 tonnes would be black pepper. IPC says overall global exports, including 16,200 tonnes from the five non-IPC countries of China, Thailand, Madagascar, Cambodia and Ecuador, would stand at 2,30,741 tonnes.

International Spice Commodities Update – Peppercorn

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Pepper futures prices today fell by Rs 250 ($4.52, €3.62, £2.92) to Rs 38,575 ($696.74, €558.06, £449.97) per quintal due to subdued overseas demand at prevailing higher levels.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, pepper for delivery in July fell by Rs 250 ($4.52, €3.62, £2.92), or 0.64%, to Rs 38,575 ($696.74, €558.06, £449.97) per quintal, with an open interest of 2,985 lots.

The June contract lost Rs 230 ($4.15, €3.33, £2.68), or 0.59%, to Rs 38,550 ($696.29, €557.70, £449.68) per quintal in 2,693 lots.

Analysts said subdued overseas demand at prevailing higher levels mainly kept pressure on pepper prices at futures trade.

International Spice Commodities Update – Peppercorn

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Vietnam, the largest producer and exporter of pepper, shipped almost five times more pepper than India during the recently-concluded financial year.

Vietnam’s exports during January-March (Q4) were equivalent to the total exports by India in the complete financial year, the latest data of the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) show, putting India at the second spot in the export table. Vietnam exported 121,935 tonnes in FY12, while the Indian exports were only 25,500 tonnes. India’s export earnings were Rs 845 crore ($164 million, €125 million, £103 million), while those of Vietnam was more than Rs 2,500 crore ($486 million, €370 million, £305 million), according to the provisional estimates of the pepper trading community.

Do Ha Nam, chairman of the Vietnam Pepper Association, said the country accounted for 60 per cent of the total pepper exports in the world market. This was result of the domestic pepper industry’s sustainable development process and increased focus on quality, he said.

In Q4 of the last financial year, Vietnam exported 31,063 tonnes, with an export earning of  Rs 1,091 crore ($212 million, €161 million, £133 million). Over the same period in 2011, exports rose 23.6 per cent (equivalent to 5,935 tonnes) and turnover increased 71.8 per cent.

The major markets of Vietnam are the US, Holland, Spain, Germany, Singapore, West Asia and India. During January-March, exports to the US and Germany recorded a negative growth, with US imports at 837 tonnes and Germany’s at 310 tonnes.

Meanwhile, exports to most of the West Asian countries increased with a total of 2,063 tonnes, Spain imported 1,628 tonnes, followed by Singapore (1,172 tonnes), India (1,070 tonnes) and Holland (696 tonnes).

International Spice Commodities Update – Peppercorn

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Pepper prices were trading 0.37% lower at Rs 38,685 ($754.05, €573.10, £473.01) per quintal in futures trading today as speculators reduced their holdings on the back of weak export demand at prevailing higher levels.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, the June contract fell by Rs 145 ($2.83, €2.15, £1.77), or 0.37%, to Rs 38,685 ($754.05, €573.10, £473.01) per quintal with an open interest of 350 lots.

May pepper shed Rs 135 ($2.63, €2.00, £1.65), or 0.36%, to Rs 37,890 ($738.55, €561.72, £463.31) per quintal in 4,497 lots.

Analysts said speculators had offloaded their positions on the back of  weak export demand at prevailing high price levels.

International Spice Commodities Update – Peppercorn

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Pepper prices gained 0.44% to Rs 38,520 ($753.63, €575.92, £474.63) per quintal in futures trading today as speculators created fresh positions, supported by pick up in demand in the spot market.

However, higher supplies from Vietnam, the largest producer limited the gains.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, the April delivery rose by Rs 170 ($3.33, €2.54, £2.09), or 0.44%, to Rs 38,520 ($753.63, €575.92, £474.63) per quintal, with an open interest of 3,212 lots.

The May contract traded higher by Rs 115 ($2.25, €1.72, £1.42), or 0.29%, to Rs 39,425 ($771.34, €589.46, £485.78) per quintal, with an open interest of 3,431 lots.

Analysts said pick-up in spot market demand due to the ongoing marriage season mainly helped pepper prices to trade higher at futures trade.

Indian Spice Exports Rise 0.9% in April-January – Special Report

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Spice exports increased 0.94 per cent in the April-January period of the current financial year. A total of 436,175 tonnes, valued at Rs 7,849 crore ($1,545,693,366, €1,158,951,611, £972,360,145) were shipped in the first ten months of FY12, as compared to 432,115 tonnes valued at Rs 5,354 crore  ($1,054,356,259, €790,549,997 £663,271,272) in the same period of the previous financial year. The rise was 47 per cent in rupee terms and 40 per cent in dollar terms.

Spice exports from India have already achieved 121 per cent of the target set for 2011-12 in terms of value and 87 per cent in terms of quantity.

India exports pepper, cardamom (small and large), ginger, turmeric, cumin, celery, fenugreek, nutmeg, mace, tamarind, asafoetida and value-added products like curry powder and paste. All these registered an increase in both, volume and value, in the current financial year.

A total of 22,300 tonnes of pepper valued at Rs 721 crore  ($141,985,592, €106,459,945, £89,319,870) were exported, as against 14,950 tonnes valued at Rs 296.56 crore  ($58,401,175, €43,788,850 £36,738,836) in the April-January period. There was also an increase in the unit value from Rs 198  ($3.90, €2.92, £2.45) a kg in April-January 2011 to Rs 323  ($6.36, €4.77, £4.00) a kg now, according to the Spices Board data . There was also a considerable change in cardamom (small) exports, which hit an all-time high of 3,900 tonnes, worth Rs 308 crore ($60,654,039, €45,478,034, £38,156,061). In case of large cardamom, there was a 10 per cent increase in quantity and 52 per cent in value. The unit value has increased from Rs 538  ($10.59, €7.94, £6.66) a kg to Rs 743  ($14.63, €10.97, £9.20) a kg.

A total of 710 tonnes of large cardamom valued at Rs 53 crore ($10,437,221, €7,825,765, £6,565,815) were shipped, as against 645 tonnes at Rs 35 crore ($6,892,504 €5,167,958, £4,335,916) last year. Turmeric exports increased both in value and volume terms. A total of 67,000 tonnes valued at Rs 644 crore ($126,822,082, €95,090,436 £78,780,855) were exported, rising 69 per cent in quantity terms and 14 per cent in value terms.

International Spice Commodities Update – Peppercorn

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Over the past few weeks, the price of pepper (the black variety) in India has risen more than in Europe. A tonne of it costs Rs.393,156 ($7,800, €5,945,  £4,964) in Europe and Rs.428,439 ($8,500, €6,479,  £5,409) in India.

Observers say poor production is only part of the reason. They allege some “foul play” in futures trading in the commodity. With such high prices here, there is presently no foreign demand for Indian pepper. Growers in Kerala are very reluctant, as a result, to sell whatever they have now. Most of them are keeping their stock for the market to touch Rs.500 ($9.92, €7.56,  £6.31) kg. Last year, the question was when the price would touch Rs.300 ($5.95, €4.54,  £3.79) kg.

Both Vietnam and Indonesia now offer ASTA grade pepper at Rs.365,434 ($7,250, €5,526,  £4,614) a tonne, readily available in Europe at Rs.393,156 ($7,800, €5,945,  £4,964). Brazil’s current tag is Rs.357,873 ($7,100, €5,412,  £4,518) a tonne and Vietnam offers a comparable variety at a Rs.342,751 ($6,800, €5,183,  £4,327) a tonne.

A leading exporter suggests the government should allow duty-free import this year, to aid domestic consumers. According to local traders, even at Rs 400 ($7.94, €6.05,  £5.05) kg, pepper is not available in major producing centers like Idukki.

Also, they say, a major chunk from that district is smuggled to Tamil Nadu. There is a high level of hoarding and the Kochi market is devoid of pepper. Growers from Karnataka are also reluctant to sell below Rs 400 ($7.94, €6.05,  £5.05) kg.