Believe it or not, at one point in history pepper was more valuable than gold. This king of spices originated in Southern India and was once highly sought after and even used as currency as early as 1000 B.C. Fast forward to today and you’ll find black pepper on spice racks and kitchen tables all around the world. While black peppercorns may be the most commonly used peppercorn, we love having a variety of peppercorns in our culinary tool box.Read More
Growing up, game night was one of my favorite things. Whether playing at a campground with my family by lantern light, or in my living room on a winter evening with friends while sipping hot cider, game night was something special to look forward to all year long. Much of the magic of game night was found in gathering with others and sharing the same activity. Now as a parent, I know that one of the best things about board games is how they engage our brains and cognitive process. What a great thing to combine that wonderful benefit with my love of herbs.Read More
Today is Beltane, an ancient Gaelic festival that celebrates the halfway point between spring equinox and summer solstice. It is a time to celebrate fertility and optimism as the days continue to get longer. One of our favorite things to do at this time of year is to head up to the Cascades and celebrate the fertility of our old growth forests. As we get above 4000’ in the mountains, the primary ground cover changes from Oregon grape, our state flower, to pipsissewa.Read More
Also known as dog grass, this plant is an invasive grass that thrives in regions with warm summers and cool, wet winters, like here in the Willamette Valley.Read More
Our friends at Urban Moonshine have become well-known for their bitters. Their exceptional blends, crafted from certified organic roots and herbs, revive the tradition of dazzling your palate while priming digestion. Never ones to rest on their laurels, these herbalists are constantly experimenting and devising new concoctions to satisfy your bitter tooth. We are pleased to offer two new variations.Read More
We are pleased to introduce a certified organic, fair trade Garcinia Fruit Powder to our expansive roster of herbs and spices.
Garcinia comes from a fruit-bearing tree that also is the source of kokum butter. Native to India and parts of Asia, garcinia fruit has been used for thousands of years for the distinct sour taste that it lends to foods.Read More
We are pleased to announce that, just in time for the new year, our Angelica Root Powder is now certified organic.
This amazing plant is traditionally cultivated in Europe. We are ever mindful of our carbon footprint here at Mountain Rose Herbs, and when the opportunity arose to source this herb from a certified organic farm in southern Oregon, we jumped at the opportunity.Read More
Mushrooms have become very popular over the last few years. From shiitake and reishi, to chaga and maitake, more and more folks are feeling drawn to these fascinating and useful beings. When I’m at events, I get a lot of questions about how to prepare and consume them for their benefits. Making a decoction is a good way to go, but I prefer making what’s called a “double extraction” since mushrooms contain some constituents that are water-soluble, called beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble, called triterpenes. A double extraction effectively pulls out these constituents with the added benefit of being shelf-stable!Read More