Giveaway: Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs

My father builds shelves. It’s not something he does professionally and he is rarely paid for his services. However, at least once a year, he finds himself measuring, designing and buying wood to construct bookcases, kitchen storage and in-set shelves that take advantage of every inch of space. His stints as a builder always coincide with his visits to either my sister or me.

Many years ago, when I was still relatively new to apartment living, he came and created an elaborate system of shelves that still exists in my kitchen (in a move that I consider both quirky and sturdy, we shimmed the final shelf that’s perched over the existing cabinetry with a #2 pencil).

He spent the time before my sister gave birth last fall designing shelving for her tiny, storage-less bathroom. And in the days before my wedding, he bought a small saw, cut a giant hole in a wall and inserted the most wonderful spice storage I’ve ever known. We used jars to determine the shelf spacing. It brings me great joy.

star anise pods

I use a lot of spices in my kitchen. Despite the fact that my recipes typically yield small amounts, I still have a fairly massive total output as a canner, thanks to recipe testing, cookbook writing and multiple freelance projects. There’s also the general, life-sustaining cooking that I do every single day.

In the past, I’ve been sort of lazy about buying spices. Sometimes I order them from Amazon. Other times, when I need something immediately, I hop in the car and drive to my nearest Penzeys. I used to shop at the Spice Terminal in Reading Terminal Market, but they’re now closed (and honestly, their goods weren’t always as fresh as I hoped). However, my loyalties have recently been won by a new company. Mountain Rose Herbs.

dill seed

Based in Oregon, Mountain Rose Herbs sells organic herbs, spices, teas, oils and many other things. As someone who seeks out organic produce for canning when possible (I’m not militant about it, but I do what I’m able), it’s nice to know that the spices I’m adding are just as virtuous as the fruits and vegetables I’ve started out with. What’s more, the prices at Mountain Rose are really good (four ounces of their dill seed costs $2.50, the same amount from Penzeys is $3.45). Finally, the spices I’ve tried so far have been incredibly fresh, fragrant and flavorful. It’s just good stuff.

pepper trio

I will confess right now that while I’d heard of Mountain Rose Herbs for years, it took them sending me some samples for me to give them a shot. I’d always assumed that because they were organic, they’d be more expensive than my other sources. I am so happy to have been proven wrong.

Mountain Rose Herbs is offering a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers, good for anything on their website. If you want to enter for a chance to win, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your most used herb or spice is.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, August 10. Winner will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, August 11, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Mountain Rose Herbs sent me a sample pack of their spices for trial and review. My opinions, as always, remain entirely my own. 

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1,128 Responses to Giveaway: Mountain Rose Herbs

  1. 1101
    Cassie says:

    Tumeric, curry, and cinnamon! Love them all especially when they can be used in the same dish.

  2. 1102

    Lavender is so perfect for everything especially cookies!

  3. 1103
    Pete says:

    Oddly enough, since it is not really a favorite spice, I probably use more cinammon than any other. Mostly in your granola recipe! I eat that every day with home made yogurt.

  4. 1104
    Susan Ross says:

    Star Anise is what I am interested in.

  5. 1105
    Deb Dagle says:

    Aside from the basics, my current most used has to be cinnamon. From fruit pies to chicken to spicing up my coffe and iced tea. Yum!

  6. 1106
    Karen says:

    When I run out of fresh ginger, powdered ginger is great and I use it a lot.

  7. 1107
    mary says:

    herbs de Provence – my #1 favorite

  8. 1108
    Jeanette Ambrose says:

    Most used herb~garlic!Most used spice~Cinnamon!Thanks for the article:)

  9. 1109
    Lauren says:

    Ahhh, sounds so fantastic!

  10. 1110
    Amber G. says:

    It’s a toss up between dried oregano and dried basil for me.

  11. 1111
    Nancy S. says:

    Cinnamon for baking, and a Greek herb blend for other cooking.

  12. 1112
    Erin says:

    Cayenne pepper!

  13. 1113
    Amy says:

    Has to be a tie between cumin and a great Italian blend

  14. 1114
    Elle says:

    Cumin and rosemary. Everything I cook has one or the other.

  15. 1115
    MJ Barnes says:

    I’ve been using lavender and rosemary this summer. So far I’ve had 3 types of plums, 3 types of lemons, oranges and pears from gardens.

  16. 1116
    mud says:

    Am I in under the wire? I buy other stuff from Mountain Rose, they have essential oils to smell and smell and smell 😀

  17. 1117
    Laurie says:

    I would have to say lavender and basil-

  18. 1118
    catherine says:

    most used? black pepper. Most loved? black pepper 🙂

  19. 1119
    Becky B. says:

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs!! I love their quality and spices! I get my elderberries, cinnamon sticks and cloves from them for elderberry syrup!

  20. 1120
    Caroline says:

    Easily cinnamon, but basil and nutmeg are close seconds!

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    maggiewann says:

    I’ve been buying from Mountain Rose Herbs for many years, they are the best. In summer I use fresh basil everyday, otherwise, rosemary.

  23. 1123
    Anthony says:

    I’m so happy to learn about Mountain Rose, we are going to be moving to Portland soon and its great to already know of a place to get fresh spices and herbs! We find ourself using pickling dill and rosemary the most.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  24. 1124
    SANIEL says:


  25. 1125
    rose says:

    I love all of the herbs you have pictured here. My favorite ones to use are rosemary, celery seed, and basil. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

  26. 1126
    beti1948 says:

    I’m not trying to win the giveaway and I’m doubtful that this comment will get read with 1000+ comments left but I have to voice my concerns about this company. Mountain Rose seems to import an awful lot of their products. Obviously there are plenty of herbs/spices that cannot be grown in the US but why do they feel the need to import simple things like garlic (at least partly) from China? Or dill weed from Egypt? Or poppy seed from Turkey?

    They talk a lot on their site about sustainability but importing things from the other side of the planet hardly seems in keeping with that mission. I urge everyone to keep this in mind when they are shopping Mountain Rose or any other site/store. Shop local/regional/national and invest in our country. It’s not always easy but every dollar helps.

    Thanks for listening.

  27. 1127

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