We adore the Fall for so many reasons. Hands down, the most exciting part for us is launching our limited edition Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cookies & enjoying pumpkin-spiced treats! But, did you know that only 20% of pumpkin spice flavored products contain actual pumpkin pie spices? We’re very proud to be part of that 20%! Emmy’s Organics Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cookies are sweet, very decadent, and delicately spiced with real, organic pumpkin pie spices! Here’s a closer look at the pumpkin spices we use in our delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cookies.
Pumpkin Spice is typically made up of 4 ingredients: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Cloves. Below we will take a closer look at each spice and what they bring to the table!
First off, we have Cinnamon.
Cinnamon spice is derived from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree. Strips of the innermost bark are harvested and dried. Once dried, they curl into rolls known as quills. These sticks can be ground into spice powders or made into an extract. Only after the careful harvesting, stripping, and drying can Cinnamon end up in your spice cabinet. The spice itself is brown and has a warm, fragrant aroma that we love so much!
Secondly is ginger, one of the world’s most popular spices!
Ginger comes from a seed called a rhizome. The main components of ginger are gingerols, which explain the distinct fragrance and flavor! The crop thrives in warm, humid climates. Ground ginger is made by drying peeled fresh ginger then grinding it to a powder. Typically, it is yellow in color. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of potassium and magnesium. It’s a great addition to your spice cabinet!
Next, we have nutmeg.
Nutmeg is made from a seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrant. This native Indoseian evergreen tree is home to both nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is one of fall’s favorite spices and is used in lots of fan-favorite desserts. Nutmeg spice is derived from nutmeg seeds that dry gradually in the sun for up to eight weeks. To guarantee the spice is ready, the harvesters shake the shells and listen for a rattle. “Mace” is the outer coating of the seed, while nutmeg is the seed itself. Ground nutmeg is slightly sweet, with a strong and distinct aroma! Remember, a little bit of nutmeg goes a long way.
Last but not least, we have cloves!
Cloves are a spice made from the flower buds of an evergreen tree called the clove tree! They are harvested prematurely and dried. Typically, cloves have a strong taste and aroma. The flavor originates from the compound eugenol. You’ll feel sweetness, bitterness, and even dryness! Cloves are much more potent than nutmeg and Cinnamon; therefore, they are used in moderation. Besides pumpkin spice, cloves are a common ingredient in other holiday classics such as eggnog and gingerbread.
Are you a Pumpkin Spice lover? Check out our Fall Recipe Round-Up for some creative ways to spice up your fall :)!
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