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Spices are trade goods used to preserve and flavor food and drinks, and in some applications can serve as a form of natural medicine. Most are naturally grown or bred, though some benefit from alchemy and druidic magic to enhance their properties.1 Qadiran alchemists also import and cross-breed spices with specimens collected from other planes to further increase their medicinal potency.2

Spices are used widely in the Inner Sea region. Spices and herbs like basil, dill, rosemary, coriander, fennel, thyme, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, parsley, and others are often used in dishes together with citrus and nightshade. Savory or sweet dishes are spiced by cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, or ginger. Most of these spices are not rare and can be purchased for around 1 sp per ounce.3


Name Origins Description
Anulite paprika Anuli in Holomog A hot spice found in Anuli's seafood and vegetable dishes.4
Black cumin Qadira Nutty, fortifying seasoning for savory foods.2
Coruscant Katheer in Qadira Coruscant is made out of the dried stigmas of a rainbow crocus flower that grows only in plains north of Katheer. Depending on the flower's maturity at the time of harvest, coruscant can come in a variety of hues and flavors. Every stage is complex and vibrant hues color the dishes the spice is used in. Coruscant can be bought for around 1 to 3 gp per ounce, with more mature varieties commanding higher prices.3
Fen pepper Mushfens in Varisia The most popular spice in Golarion and a staple of Inner Sea cuisine. A piper vine fruit that looks like black beads with a pungent, nose-clearing aroma,3 which is particularly popular in Magnimar.5
Frog's eye Mushfens in Varisia A popular spice in Magnimar.5
Flaming sumac Qadira Tart spice that can prevent some disease symptoms if consistently consumed.2
Golden cardamom Qadira Powdered seeds are sweet, used in rice and desserts, preventative against some disease symptoms, and used as a fragrant perfume and in dental hygiene.2
Miresh Mushfens in Varisia A popular spice in Magnimar.5
Mottled palette berry Palette Falls, Nirmathas Unique to their home region.6
Pesh flower Katapesh Used separately from the narcotic plant.7
Salt Osirion8, Thuvia9, Ravounel10 The most traded seasoning in the world: salt is common and cheap, and can be bought for 5 sp per half-pound bag.3
Striped nutmeg Qadira Flavors desserts and meats, and can prevent some disease symptoms.2
Sunrise cinnamon Qadira Seasons sweet and savory foods alike. Causes sweating, and when consumed consistently can acclimate a person to extreme heat.2
Thileu bark Varisia Ground into a hot, even painful, spice.7
Tiger clove Qadira Seasons sweet and savory foods, and can be brewed into tea or chewed to freshen breath and as a digestive aid.2
Whiplily Mushfens in Varisia A popular spice in Magnimar.5
Violet salt Qadira Helps to stave off thirst when used to season a meal.2


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  1. Jessica Price. (2017). Qadira, Jewel of the East, p. 14. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-912-7
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Benjamin Bruck, John Compton, Crystal Frasier, et al. (2017). Adventurer's Guide, p. 14. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-938-7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rigby Bendele et al. (2022). "Cuisine". Travel Guide, p. 39. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-465-9
  4. John Compton, et al. (2018). Merchant's Manifest, p. 7. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-026-2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mike Shel. (2012). Curse of the Lady's Light. Curse of the Lady's Light, p. inside front cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-459-7
  6. Crystal Frasier. (2017). The Nesmian Plains. Trail of the Hunted, p. 71. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-926-4
  7. 7.0 7.1 Erik Mona et al. (2008). "The World". Campaign Setting, p. 217. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Golden Road". World Guide, p. 53. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  9. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Golden Road". World Guide, p. 57. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  10. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Old Cheliax". World Guide, p. 105. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6