Tree of Life goes to Kalustyans in New York City.

Tree of Life goes to Kalustyans in New York City.

Spices and Specialty Ingredients

Source List

The multicultural and multiethnic make-up of our cities and neighborhoods has resulted in more ingredients available to home cooks like us to experiment with and enjoy. In Istanbul, we love to wander through the Egyptian Spice Bazaar stocking up on spices, but here in the States, we are blessed with excellent resources for buying and ordering spices and ingredients.  Here in alphabetical order are some of our favorite shops and websites:

Best Turkish Food – Mail Order

In addition to spices and oils, Best Turkish Food has a good selection of hard-to-find cheeses and offers fish flown in from the Mediterranean.

165 Prairie Lake Road, Suite G

East Dundee, IL 60118

866 969-3663

Buy Lebanese – Mail Order

Buy Lebanese is a great source for spices such as dried sumac; and nuts, such as pine nuts and pistachios.


Formaggio Kitchen – Store and Mail Order

Formaggio Kitchen offers a good source of specialty peppers such as Maras and Urfa, dried herbs, and olive oil.

Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge MA 02138

Formaggio Kitchen, South End
268 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Formaggio Kitchen, Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
212-982-8200 – Mail Order

Offers a selection of local and international products with a good selection of rice, grains and seeds.

508 Delaware Avenue

West Pittston, PA 18643

Toll-free: (877) 446-8763


“Fine Specialty Foods since 1944”

Kalustyan’s specialty of Middle Eastern spices and foods has expanded over the years to include worldwide products. Along with spices, like dried sprigs of thyme from the Greek Mountains that we use in our Lamb Kleftico, we can find fresh nuts and dried fruits, cookbooks and kitchen equipment at Kalustyan’s New York store or online.

1-800-352-3451 or 212-685-3451

123 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY10016

Penzey’s - Stores Nationwide and Mail Order

Penzey’s whose motto is “Love to Cook and Cook to Love,” based in Joy’s home state, Wisconsin, carries a large and wide variety of spices and spice blends.




The Spice House – Stores and Mail Order

Experts in from the history of a spice and where it is sourced, the owners specialize in small batch grinding when preparing spices and spice blends.

1941 Central Street

Evanston, IL 60201



Syrian Grocery – Store in Boston

Located next to Formaggio Kitchen in South End.  This store, founded by a Lebanese refugee, and now run by her sons, is a treasure-trove of hard-to-find ingredients and cook’s tools.

270 Shawmut

Boston, MA 02118



Tulumba – Store and Mail Order

In addition to spices, Tulumba offers household goods and cooking utensils, such as the classic Turkish coffee pot, the cezve.

129 15th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215




Whole Foods Markets – Stores Nationwide

Whole Foods Markets offer a wide variety of fresh spices and high quality of vegetables and meats.


In Istanbul: Store


Mısır Çarşısı - Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Friends traveling to Turkey will ask us where to buy spices; and, of course, we send them to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar located near the Galata Bridge in Eminönü.  Built in 1660 with revenues from the Ottoman Empire’s largest Eyalet or province, Egypt, the bazaar has close to a hundred shops, and continues to be the center of Istanbul’s spice trade. The Ucuzcular Baharat is one of many to choose from, and everyone has their favorite.


Ucuzcular Baharat

No. 51 at the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Bazaar) in Eminönü

The store has been open since 1980, but the roots of this five-generation spice business date back to 1886. The name “Ucuzcular” comes from the Turkish word for cheap or thrifty and harks back to the wholesale prices the current owner Bilge Kadioglu’s grandfather offered his costumers back then.