Spices impart aroma, color and taste to food preparations. The volatile oils from spices give the aroma and the oleoresins impart the taste. Spices are non-leafy parts (e.g. bud, fruit, seed, bark, rhizome, and bulb) of plants used as a flavoring or seasoning, although many can also be used as an herbal medicine. A closely related term, ‘herb’, is used to distinguish plant parts finding the same uses but derived from leafy or soft flowering parts. The two terms may be used for the same plants in which the fresh leaves are used as herbs, while other dried parts are used as spices, e.g. coriander, dill.
India, known as the home of spices, boasts a long history of trading with the ancient civilisations of Rome and China. Today, Indian spices are the most sought-after globally, given their exquisite aroma, texture, taste and medicinal value. India has the largest domestic market for spices in the world. Traditionally, spices in India have been grown in small land holdings, with organic farming gaining prominence in recent times. India is the world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices; the country produces about 75 of the 109 varieties listed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and accounts for half of the global trading in spices. As a whole you can invest in this project without risk and earn profit.
Few Indian major players are as under
- M V J Spices (India) Pvt. Ltd.
- Paras Spices Pvt. Ltd.
- Spicer India Pvt. Ltd.
- Spices (India) Ltd.
- Spices Valley Estates Ltd.
- Sunrise Foods Pvt. Ltd.
- Suruchi Spices Pvt. Ltd.