Pure Almond Extract
Almonds spread to Italy where, since the 1500s, they've been used in cookies, jams, cakes and liquors, such as amaretto. Spanish conquistadors brought the seed to California, planting orchards in which the heavily perfumed, flowering trees still flourish.
Today, almond has become a widely-used necessity in the baking of cookies, cakes, pastries and more. Our Pure Almond Extract, which can easily be measured and added to recipes, is made with the essential oils of bitter almonds to deliver the gold standard of flavor and quality.
Pure Chocolate Extract
And bitter it was in those early days when it was consumed as a drink that also included ground corn, honey and vanilla. Nonetheless, when Montezuma served the drink to Cortez, the Spanish conquistador was so astounded he demanded to be told the ingredients (and then shortly after executed the Aztecan Emperor). Through Cortez, the cocoa beans were brought to Spain and Europe, where it continued to be enjoyed solely as a hot chocolate drink for centuries by the upper classes. It wasn't until 1847 that chocolate was consumed in its solid form when British chocolatier J.S. Fry and Sons developed the first ever method for molding the cocoa butter into chocolate bars.
The chocolate bar, more plantations and the machinery of the industrial age made chocolate a worldwide favorite. Nowadays, confectionists, bakers and other culinary professionals use our Pure Chocolate Extract on its own or combined with courveture (a high quality chocolate with a higher concentration of cocoa butter) to intensify the chocolate flavor through layering. This extract also mixes well with other flavors, such as fruits and vanilla.
Pure Coffee Extract
Along the way, chefs began adding coffee as an ingredient in foods: cookies, candies, meat rubs, moles, ice creams, tomato sauces, tiramisus and more. Our Pure Coffee Extract has all the flavor of a cup of espresso without the need for brewing or storing beans.
Pure Lemon Extract
Of course, there's no denying the delicious effect lemon has had on the cuisines of each culture to which it spread. And, today, we enjoy such delicious results as meat marinades, lemon cookies, lemon meringue pie and marmalade, jams and jellies (to name just a few). Our Pure Lemon Extract is made by extracting the natural essence of the highest quality lemons and can easily be measured out and added to dishes—no zesting or juicing needed.
Pure Orange Extract
Orange seeds made the trip across the Atlantic with Columbus. And, thanks to him and later Spanish conquistadors, the fruit quickly spread throughout the warmer regions of North America, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
Our Pure Orange Extract is made from the finest-quality oranges and complements a range of foods from savory dishes, such as chicken, rice and fish, to sweet treats, such as fruit pies, marmalades and jams, cookies and sherbets.
Orange Blossom Water
Beyond the popular fruit, orange trees also sprout pure white flowers with five petals and an intoxicating fragrance. Ever since oranges made their appearance in the Middle East, the people there have been distilling the petals to produce flavorful and fragrant orange blossom water, which they used in the preparation of their food. At the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, Duchess of Bracciano and Princess of Nerola, Italy, used the essence of the bitter orange tree blossoms to perfume her baths. The fragrance gained popularity to the point that even today it's still called Neroli oil.
In contemporary times, the sweet water is used in madeleines in France, little wedding cakes in Mexico, and scones and cocktails, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz, in the U.S. Our own Orange Blossom Water, which follows the Essential Oil Of Neroli tradition, is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of the bitter orange tree (Citrus Aurantium).
Pure Peppermint Extract
Eventually peppermint began to be used as an ingredient in food and is now prevalent in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian meals as well as European and American desserts, such as peppermint ice cream (which was loved by Napoleon's wife, Marie), candy canes and mint chocolates. Our Pure Peppermint Extract enables you to prepare these dishes in your own kitchen.
Throughout its history, rose water has carried a reputation as a luxury ingredient. Roman emperors once swam in pools of pure rose water. For centuries, European bakers used it to flavor madeleines and cakes. And, in the 17th century, rose water was rare enough and valuable enough that it could be used as legal tender.
Today, food lovers enjoy our Rose Water, which is a steam distillate of the purest rose petals, as a luxurious addition to jams, drinks, pastries and even savory dishes.