Crop Calendar

Black Pepper

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Brazil
Indonesia
India
Sarawak
Vietnam
Sri Lanka

Cardamom

Family : Zingiberaceae

Taste/Smell : Pungent, Eucalyptus-like

Heat : 2

Major uses : Desserts, Coffees, Curries

Medical Properties : Antiseptic

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Guatemala
India

Cassia

Family : Lauraceae

Taste/Smell : Pungent, Cinnamon-like

Heat : 3

Major uses : Flavor: Dianhea

Medical Properties : Antiseptic, Anti-dianhea

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
China
Vietnam
Indonesia

Celery Seed

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
China

Chilli

Family : Solanaceae

Taste/Smell : Pungent, Fiery

Heat : 4 to 10

Major uses : Flavors: Analgesic

Medical Properties : Colorant, Source of Ascorbic acid

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
India
China
Pakistan

Clove

Family : Myrtaceae

Taste/Smell : Sweet, Pungent, Astringent

Heat : 5

Major uses : Meats, Sauces: Anesthetic

Medical Properties : Topical Anesthetic, Anti-dyspeptic

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Madagascar
India

Coriander

Family : Umbelliferae

Taste/Smell : Warm, Aromatic, Sweet

Heat : 1

Major uses : Curries: Anti-microbial

Medical Properties : Anti-spasmodic, Diuretic, Anti-asthma

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Canada
Morroco
India
Bulgaria
Romania

Cumin

Family : Apiaceae

Taste/Smell : Peppery, Aromatic

Heat : 4

Major uses : Curries, Breads, Colic

Medical Properties : Anti-microbial, Vermifuge, Diuretic

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
India
Turkey
Syria
China

Dill Seed

Family : Umbelliferae

Taste/Smell : Bitter-Sweet, Cool

Heat : 1

Major uses : Pickles, Fish, Breads, Gripe

Medical Properties : Anti-flatulent, Anti-colic, Galactogogue

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
India

Fennel

Family : Umbelliferae

Taste/Smell : Licorice-like, warm

Heat : 1

Major uses : Fish, Breads, Sauages, Colic

Medical Properties : Anti-spasmodic, Diuretic

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Egypt
India

Fenugreek

Family : Leguminosae

Taste/Smell : Like Burnt Sugar, Bitter

Heat : 2

Major uses : Curries, Breads, Diabetes

Medical Properties : Anti-diabetes, Anti-hypercholesterolemia

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Turkey
India

Ginger

Family : Leguminosae

Taste/Smell : Pungent, Fiery

Heat : 7

Major uses : Asian Cooking, Anti-emetic

Medical Properties : Expectorant, Anti-bacterial

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
China
India
Nigeria
Ethiopia

Mace

Family : Myristicaceae

Taste/Smell : Warm, Sharp, Sweet

Heat : 7

Major uses : As for Nutmeg, But Stronger

Medical Properties : Astringent, Hallucinogen

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Indonesia
India

Nutmeg

Family : Myristicaceae

Taste/Smell : Warm, Sweet, Nully

Heat : 1

Major uses : Desserts, Eggnog , Diarrhea

Medical Properties : Astringent, Hallucinogen

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Indonesia
India

Pimento

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jamaica
Honduras
Guatemala
Mexico

Turmeric

Family : Zingiberaceae

Taste/Smell : Warm, Acrid, Bitter

Heat : 3

Major uses : Curries, Dye , Antiseptic

Medical Properties : Anti-arthritic, Anti-oxidant, Anti-cancer

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ethiopia
India AFT
India MFT
Myanmar
Vietnam
Indonesia

White Pepper

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Brazil
Muntok
China
Sarawak

Aniseed

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Turkey
Egypt
Syria

Caraway

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ireland
Canada

Cinnamon

Family : Lauraceae

Taste/Smell : Sweet, Pungent, Fragrant

Heat : 3

Major uses : Meats, Desserts, Colic

Medical Properties : Antiseptic, Anti-diarrhea

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Srilanka

DGP

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
India

Kalonji

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
India
Syria

Star Anise

Family : Magnoliaceae

Taste/Smell : Bitter, Licorice-like

Heat : 3

Major uses : Meats, Desserts, Colic

Medical Properties : Antiseptic, Anti-rheumatic

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
China

* Heat is measured on a 0-10 scale.

Savory herbs are generally less flavorful and less pungent. Their culinary use is very variable, and their medical uses are disputable.