Tasted: Bart Spices

By Veggie Tom
This whole range of luxury spice blends is worth your time – but the Creole Seasoning’s a real cracker.

The product:
The little luxury tins by spice specialist Bart look the part on the supermarket shelves – but at just under £4 a pop, these blends need to hit the mark. I tasted six: fiery Ethiopian Berbere seasoning, a spicy Creole blend, sweet-savoury Ras el Hanout from North Africa, herby-sesame Zatar from the Middle East, plus blends devised for fish and fajitas. So how did they shape up?

The verdict:
You can read the results by scrolling down – but in short, it’s a solid thumbs up. There’s a good sense of balance in play across the range, but my hands down favourite is the spicy Creole blend. Paprika, onion and garlic give it a moreish depth and black pepper and cayenne lend two levels of heat, making a really versatile mix that works in all kinds of soups, stews and sauces. The whole range is worth your time, but Creole’s a real cracker.

Ingredients: Paprika (30%), Black Pepper (20%), Cayenne, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Thyme, Oregano.

Can you eat it? Of course this is veggie and vegan – but those with garlic or onion allergies need to give it a miss.

Barcode: 5012836706273
Bart Creole Seasoning
This stuff is just fantastic – rich and complex with a great kick. Versatile too. My top pick from the whole range of Bart’s luxury spice tins. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

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Not forgetting:

Barcode: 5012836710973
Bart Smokehouse Mediterranean Rub
Mellow and subtle with a tomatoey, garlicky, smoky-sweet depth. This is first rate, and delicious with fish. Tasted by the Can I Eat It? team.

Barcode: 5012836707713
Bart Berbere Seasoning
Fierce, pungent and exotic – this Ethiopian spice blend packs a punch. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836706419
Bart Ras El Hanout
Savoury and sweet spices make this North African spice mix an evocative blend. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836708369
Bart Fajita Seasoning
There’s heat and depth in this good quality spice blend. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836706600
Bart Zatar
Zatar is a mix of sesame seeds, herbs and salt, and this is a good quality example. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836706600
Bart Fish Seasoning
A good quality spice blend – though the flavour didn’t blow me away. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836710959
Bart Mexican Chilli Mill
Instant Mexican flavours in a handy spice mill – this is a good idea, and it works. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Barcode: 5012836710942
Bart Smokey Barbecue Mill
Fantastically moreish, this is a top notch smoky-sweet spice mill. Convenient and very tasty. Tasted by Veggie Tom.

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