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How do we produce high quality spices?

by Organic Condiments on July 25, 2021

Indian food has a rich and varied history with many different influences that have shaped its flavor profile. The spice blends are a big part of what makes Indian food so unique and delicious. 

One of the most important aspects of Indian cooking is using fresh ingredients to create dishes that can be enjoyed all year round without sacrificing taste or flavor. And there's no denying how much we love our spice blends - garam masala, tandoori masala, curry powder... but where do these flavorful concoctions come from? 

Our Indian mothers are a strong believer of this old adage, "you are what you eat" and so we are. Realizing this, there is a huge shift in the usage of these spices. People are now looking out for options which are pure and authentic and have the real flavor they have cherished their whole lifetime. 

Because of the increasing demand for organic products, India has the largest number of organic producers in the world, according to the World of Organic Agriculture Report. With 835,000 certified organic producers, it is home to more than 30 percent of the total number of organic producers (2.7 million) in the world. India organic food market is projected to grow from USD177.14 million in FY2020 to USD553.87 million in FY2026 advancing with a CAGR of 21.00% by FY2026, on account of favorable government policies supporting organic farming coupled with rising land area under organic cultivation. Clearly market share is increasing because of increasing demands. 

People now have understood that being organic is their best option to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Organic spices are procured from the certified organic farmers who use natural fertilizers or pest control methods to enhance the growth and make it free from any pests. They are nutrients rich because they are grown and processed naturally without using any chemicals on them. They are freshly picked from the sources and sent to the markets without any adulteration. Hence they don’t look raw and unpolished. They are wholesome and non GMO (non genetically modified organisms) . 

(TIP: When you buy any organic product, please check if it is non GMO as well)

ORCO spices are 100% organic - Know how

At Orco, we realized that it is important to offer people the real quality they deserve. Nothing is more important than health while still enjoying the flavours of your favorite dishes.  Hence we bring the best quality spices. In this blog we are going to explore how ORCO ensures the highest quality of Indian spices while staying true to the concept of being organic. 

Orco believes in quality:

We believe in the idea of “quality over quantity”. ORCO brings you the best quality organic spices made with age-old sustainable techniques that ensure the texture, aroma and nutrients are maintained for a longer time.

Our spices are pure to the core! Let’s tell you how?

Our mission is to provide 100% natural and clean natural spices and condiments that are hand clean, hand pound, and hand ground. Our spices retain a unique natural fragrance and earthy aroma while maintaining their nutrients. This is possible because the hand pound process uses less than 200 RPM as compared to a machine that uses over 2300 RPM- which kills the nutrients. These are things we follow to ensure highest quality for our indian food lovers:

  • Procuring from certified farmers: In the first place, we get our spices from certified organic farmers who use natural organic manure. No more chemicals and man made fertilizers. We handpick the premium quality whole spices.
  • Manual Cleaning: We have a trained team of women who clean these spices themselves and remove any kind of unwanted particles. Dry them in natural conditions. This is just like how our grandmothers used to do it for us with lots of love. Further these cleaned whole spices are checked by an inspection team to ensure quality control throughout each step of production.
  • Use Chakki instead of Artificial processing: Next, we pound these spices using a stone grinder for maximum flavor extraction. It is sent to a chakki or mill for making. Finally it is hand-ground-and this requires A LOT OF PATIENCE AND STRENGTH. The traditional method of hand pounding and hand ground, allow spices to retain their nutritional value as opposed to machine-made flavors which tend to lose them when processed in artificial heat conditions. We ensure that there is no adulteration. You may check out some of the ways to check if there is any adulteration, read our blog.
  • No colors or added chemicals: No food colors or preservatives are added to our masalas.
  • Eco-friendly packaging: While we talk about the quality and healthy living we also consider a healthy environment is important hence we use eco-friendly packaging.
  • Certified from Renowned organisations: Our products have been certified as pure & hand made from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to European Union's Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development (APFPED)

At Orco, we ensure quality at each step of the production and we try to stick to our own traditional methods. Chakki fresh and hand-pounded spices and masalas are our age old traditions, but at the same time they are human intensive and time consuming in nature. This intensive manufacturing process gives employment to women from rural India who are experts and know how each spice should be treated so that the aroma, texture and flavour is maintained for a long period of time. 

We also have a team of chefs to prepare recipes for unique blends such as brown mustard, Himalayan pink salt, chai masala and kadha. These are all ingredients that add an element of flavor where they're used the most.

Conclusion

ORCO, is a brand for women & by women and thoroughly believe in manufacturing healthy clean natural products.  We've always been committed to safety and quality. That's why all of our spices are manufactured in the highest possible conditions for maximum flavor that you can trust with your whole heart! 

Make your currys relishing and more flavorful using ORCO’S organic spices! 

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