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.

International Spices Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Keres_Spices-Cardamom_Seeds-smallNEW DELHI: Cardamom prices rose further by Rs 6.90 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06) to Rs 935 ($15.50, €11.46, £9.06) per kg in futures trade today as speculators created fresh positions, supported by rising demand in the spot markets.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, cardamom for delivery in August rose Rs 6.90 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06), or 0.74 per cent, to Rs 935 ($15.50, €11.46, £9.06) per kg in business turnover of 228 lots.

Similarly, the spice for delivery in September traded higher by Rs 5.60 ($0.11, €0.08, £0.06), or 0.61 per cent, to Rs 913 ($15.13, €11.18, £8.85) per kg in 39 lots.

Market analysts said fresh positions created by speculators following pick up in demand in the spot markets against restricted arrivals from producing regions mainly led to the rise in cardamom prices at futures trade.


International Spice Commodities Update – Coriander

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Coriander futures prices today fell by Rs 77 ($1.39, €1.11, £0.90) to Rs 3,469 ($62.66, €50.19, £40.46) per quintal due to poor demand from the overseas markets along with higher supply in the spot market.

At the National Commodity Exchange, coriander for July contract fell by Rs 77 ($1.39, €1.11, £0.90), or 2.17%, to Rs 3,469 ($62.66, €50.19, £40.46) per quintal, with open interest of 22,940 lots, while June delivery eased by Rs 65 ($1.17, €0.94, £0.76), or 1.91% to Rs 3,335 ($60.24, €48.25, £38.90) per quintal with open interest of 8,310 lots.

The fall in coriander was mostly due to poor demand among exporters as well as in the spot market, traders said.

Reports of arrival of new crop into the spot market also influenced the market sentiment, they added.

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 – Turmeric

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Futures rose on the NCDEX on Wednesday due to short covering by the traders on rising spot demand.

On the NCDEX, the turmeric May contract in the afternoon session traded at Rs.3,748 ($69.57, €53.72, £43.24) per quintal, higher by 1.68% against the previous close. Open interest of the contract stood at 22,000 lots and volume traded is 985 lots.

As per market sources, the traders are staying away from the market because there are no fresh orders from north Indian buyers. According to government sources, exports of turmeric during April 2011- December 2011 stood at 62,000 tonnes as compared to 37,400 tonnes in 2010-11, rise of 66%.

International Spice Commodities Update – Chilli

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Chilli futures fell in NCDEX on higher stocks from the producing regions along with higher production estimates.

In NCDEX chilli May contract is trading at Rs.4868 ($90.36, €69.77 £56.16) per quintal, down by 1.09% today against the previous close. Open interest of the contract is 11270 lots and volume traded is 1425 lots for the time being.

Guntur has closed for a month-long summer break. The spot market will re-open only on 4th June 2012. According to sources, chilli stocks at cold storages in Guntur are at a record high of 10 million bags.

India’s chilli crop this year is expected to be in the range of 1.2 – 1.3 million tonnes, higher compared to last year.

International Spice Commodities Update – Mustard Seed

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India’s mustard seed futures in National Commodity and Derivative Exchange (NCDEX) may move up in near term as the oilseed demand in the country is rising at a fast rate.

Presently, the commodity in NCDEX opened on a negative note due to lack of buying support from the domestic traders.

on the NCDEX, mustard seed for June delivery traded down 1.29% to Rs 4045 ($75.08, €57.98, £46.67).

According to analysts, the prospects of mustard seed is bullish as the oil mills are experiencing huge shortage of oilseeds and also the production cut forecast by the Central Organisation for Oil Industry Trade (COOIT).  The COOIT has forecast mustard seed production at 6.03 million tons. While, according to 3rd production estimate released by government, the production is predicted to be higher than COOIT estimates and pegged at 6.96 million tons.

India’s oilseed production is not sufficient to meet the domestic requirement of the country and therefore imported.  In NCDEX, for May delivery, mustard seed traded down 1.27% to Rs 3975 ($73.78, €56.97, £45.86) per 100 kilograms.

International Spice Commodities Update – Cardamom

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Cardamom futures prices today surged 3% to Rs 1,157.10 ($22.04, €16.66, £13.59) per kg as speculators enlarged their positions, driven by a firming trend at spot market on strong demand.

Also, restricted arrivals in the spot markets from producing regions further fueled the upside in cardamom prices.

At the MCX cardamom for delivery in May month spurted by Rs 33.70, ($0.64, €0.49, £0.40) or 3% to Rs 1,157.10 ($22.04, €16.66, £13.59) per kg in business turnover of 156 lots.

In a similar fashion, the June contract shot up by 34.30, or 3% to Rs 1,177.50 ($22.43, €16.96, £13.83) per kg in 66 lots.

Traders said apart from firming trend at spot market on the back of strong demand in the spot market due to marriage season, restricted arrivals from Southern producing region mainly pushed up cardamom prices at futures trade.