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From Madagascar to your Kitchen: Create your own spice blends

Welcome to the fragrant and colorful world of spices! Today we are going on a culinary journey to Madagascar, the island of spices, where we will discover how to create personalized mixtures to enrich our grilled meats, fish and sautéed vegetables. Using quality spices like white wild pepper, black wild pepper, and pink peppercorns not only elevates the taste of our dishes but also allows us to perfectly control what we consume.

Madagascar is an extraordinary land. Its island location, the diversity of its reliefs and its climates are reflected in the unique intrinsic qualities of its plants. The soil of Madagascar is thus recognized throughout the world as a true sanctuary for botanists and pharmacologists. (Sources: Voany )

Madagascar spice blends, Madagascar peppers

Why create your own spice blends?

Control of ingredients : By preparing your own mixtures, you avoid additives and preservatives often present in industrial products. You can also adjust the quantities according to your preferences and dietary needs.

Freshness and quality : Spices purchased in bulk and used to create homemade blends are often fresher and of higher quality than pre-packaged blends.

Customization : Adapting your mix allows you to play with flavors and create unique dishes that will delight your taste buds and those of your guests.

Economy : Buying spices in bulk can be more economical, especially if you like to use large quantities of specific spices.

Spice blends offered:

Grill mix:

  • Ingredients : wild black pepper from Madagascar , coarse salt, vanilla powder , smoked paprika, a little dried thyme.

  • Use : Perfect for red meats, this mixture brings a smoky and spicy touch which enhances the natural taste of grilled meats.

Fish mix:

  • Ingredients : wild white pepper from Madagascar , dried lemon zest, dill, and lightly crushed pink berries .

  • Use : Ideal for white fish such as sea bass or sea bream, this refreshing and slightly spicy mixture accentuates the delicacy of marine flavors.

Stir-fried vegetable mix:

  • Ingredients : pink berries from Madagascar, sea salt, garlic powder, and a touch of turmeric for color.

  • Use : This mixture brings a sweet note and a beautiful color to sautéed vegetables such as zucchini, peppers or eggplant.

Additional Tips for Creating and Storing Spice Blends:

  • Storage : Store your mixtures in airtight containers away from light and heat to preserve their freshness. Ground spices retain their potency for up to six months, while whole spices can last up to a year.

  • Proportions : Start with equal proportions and adjust according to your tastes. Write down your adjusted recipes so you can reproduce or improve them next time.

  • Toasting : To intensify the flavors, lightly toast your dry spices in a pan before grinding them. This step releases essential oils and strengthens the aromas.


Mastering the art of creating your own spice blends is not only a way to ensure the quality and freshness of your ingredients, but it's also a creative journey in your kitchen. Each blend is an exploration of the senses, offering a new dimension to your favorite dishes. Let your creativity run wild and make every meal a celebration of flavors from around the world!

Share your creations with us!

Share your own spice creations in the comments or on social media. What are your favorite combinations? Do you have any tips for beginners in the world of spices? Let's share our passion for authentic and natural flavors!

Where to find good spices in Quebec?

MATANA markets spices from Madagascar and packaged in Quebec. You can get them in its online store or at its points of sale.

Madagascar spice blends

MATANA is a Quebec company that markets products from Madagascar. Its main objective is to make Madagascar known for its endemic and exceptional products. Matana donates part of its profits to improve the living conditions of local (Malagasy) farmers.

Our Malagasy suppliers are sorted on the fly. We work with local companies and producers who share our values: natural products, respectful of the environment and human conditions.

By purchasing our products, you support a Quebec company and the Malagasy producers of these products which do you so much good.

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