About Garnisha

Garnisha

The Garnisha range of spice blends started in the early 1980s as a dream to produce a good quality range of flavours with freshly grown ingredients.

Tim’s lifelong interest in spicy foods and background of travel influenced early experiments with curry pastes and spice mixtures. Urged on by curry loving friends requesting sample jars, Tim slowly developed a product that was delicious and had a long shelf life. Meanwhile, Claire went to VCAH Burnley to study horticulture.

In 1990, the Warren family left Melbourne with their 3 young children and moved to Queensland. Noosa Shire was chosen as it met the required criteria: a subtropical climate allowing a wide variety of plants to be grown; the social mores of the city with the beautiful local landscape; and proximity to a capital city.

It took some time to find the right block of land and eventually 14 acres was chosen near the tiny lakeside township of Boreen Point, twenty minutes drive north of Noosa Heads. Kaffir limes, galangal, turmeric, chilli varieties and pimento were very difficult to source at this time, but were slowly tracked down stock from diverse sources including the market shops in Chinatown, the Ginger factory, mail order and a neighbour’s heritage of "Indian lily" – namely turmeric. A spice lover’s garden is now in place with kaffir lime trees, Tahitian limes, Thai mangoes, chillies, galangal, turmeric, lemon grass, cardamom, curry leaves, tamarind and pimento trees.

In 1991, the business started with a stall at nearby Eumundi markets, which was the perfect place to trial and test the evolving range of curry pastes and chutneys. These products are based on fresh produce grown on the farm with the addition of wholly natural ingredients used to make up the complex blends. The absence of salt, oil thickeners, emulsifiers, artificial colours and flavours makes the product popular in the health food market.

In 1995, Garnisha products became commercially available with wholesale distributors throughout Australia. The business has attracted ongoing media attention and over the years has featured on television programmes including Getaway, Huey's Cooking Adventures, Gardening Australian and Better Homes and Gardens. In 2003 the Garnisha Garden was open to the public as part of the ABCs Open Garden Scheme.

Distributors

QLD

Total Gourmet
12 Mangold St
Dinmore
Ph. (07) 3282 1160

Eco Farms
7 Shoebury St
Rocklea
Ph. (07) 3892 2400

NSW

Full Moon Health Foods
Bellingen
Ph. (02) 6655 7985

VIC

Leonardo's Fine Foods
26 Assembly Drv
Tullamarine
Ph. (03) 9338 2555

TAS

Exquisite Flavours
25 Feneral St
Nth Hobart
Ph. (03) 6234 3489

WA

The Grocer
26 Brown St
Claremont
Ph. (08) 9284 7100