STOCKING THE PANTRY + Wholefood Suppliers (NZ)

I keep all my jars stoked with the essentials – nuts, seeds, dried fruit – all easy access from my kitchen bench.

*Find a comprehensive pages on Stocking the Pantry + New Zealand Supplies list in my Homegrown Kitchen cookbook. Available in bookstores around NZ and signed copies HERE.*

This week I am sharing with you the contents of my pantry. The most frequent inquiry I receive is ‘where do you source your dry goods’, so I thought I better get this up on the blog as it has been several months since some of you first asked me. I promise I will share the aromatic chicken tagine recipe next week. Besides, I had to make another batch of preserved lemons – I used the last lot up for my birthday dinner – and they won’t be ready until next week. For now, come join me, as we have a looksy into my pantry.

The Pantry / Homegrown Kitchen

Stocking The Pantry

As we eat mainly gluten-free at home I like to have a pantry full of gluten-free whole-grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried beans and lentils. Plus dried fruit, nutritious sweeteners and a selection of super foods. I like to focus on nutrient-rich and wholesome food at home, and save the less healthy foods for occasional outings.

Wholegrains - rice, milet, quinoa, buckwheat, polenta
Wholegrains – rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, polenta. It is best to use wholegrains within several months of purchase or store in a cool dark cupboard.

Whole-grains / Flours / Dried Legumes

  • Flour > brown rice flour, buckwheat, tapioca (arrowroot) and coconut flour are the main gluten-free flours I use.
  • Rolled-oats and spelt (or Arawa*) > for making the occasional pastry.
  • Whole-grains > quinoa, millet, buckwheat, polenta, basmati/ jasmine rice, brown rice and medium grain white rice for risotto/ paella.
  • Dried legumes > split red lentils, green lentils (French), chickpeas, kidney beans, pinto beans
I keep all my jars stoked with the essentials - nuts, seeds, dried fruit - all easy access from my kitchen bench.
I keep all my jars stoked with the essentials – nuts, seeds, dried fruit – all easy access from my kitchen bench.

Dried Fruit / Sweeteners

  • Dried fruit – dates, apricots (sulfur-free), prunes, raisins, sultanas > check packets but most ‘brown’ dried fruit are naturally sulfur-free.
  • Raw honey, maple syrup, apple syrup
  • Unrefined golden sugar, muscovado sugar, rapadura sugar, palm sugar
New Zealand grown flaxseeds. I use these in my bread and baking to add omega 3 and help bind. Similar properties to chia seeds and 1/4 the price.
New Zealand grown flaxseeds. I use these in my bread and baking to add omega 3 and help bind. They have similar properties to chia seeds while 1/4 the price (and NZ grown!).

Nuts / Seeds / Super Foods

  • Nuts > almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts
  • Coconut > desiccated and flakes
  • Seeds > sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, flax seeds
  • Super foods > chia seeds, cacao nibs, spirulina, seaweed/ kelp
Coconut oil is used for adding to raw sweets and as the best moisturiser
Virgin coconut oil is added to raw sweets, mixed through porridge for an anti-microbial boost, and is the only moisturiser I use plus it makes an excellent deodorant.

Condiments / Oils / Seasoning / Spices

  • NZ sea salt & black pepper in a grinder
  • Cocoa/ cacao powder, carob, vanilla extract, baking powder/ soda
  • Vinegar > apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic
  • Extra virgin olive oil + Ghee for cooking
  • Tamari (soy sauce), fish sauce, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce
Ghee is a staple beside my stove along with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Ghee is a staple beside my stove top along with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper. I use it for cooking eggs, pancakes and fritters as it won’t burn like butter and can withstand high heats unlike olive oil. Find the recipe in my cookbooks.

Spices & Dried Herbs

  • Dried herbs > dried oregano and basil > fresh thyme, parsley, rosemary, sage and bay leaves in the garden.
  • Whole spices > cumin seeds, turmeric powder, coriander seeds, nutmeg, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, cinnamon
I use New Zealand sea salt to season our food. The grey colour is an indication of its high mineral content. I also mix sea salt with kelp to boost iodine.
I use New Zealand sea salt to season our food. The greyish colour is an indication of its high mineral content. I also mix sea salt with kelp – 4 parts sea salt with 1 part kelp – to boost iodine from the kelp.

Canned Food / Pasta / Noodles

  • Canned chopped tomatoes, 400g and 800g
  • Coconut cream and milk
  • Chickpeas, re-fried beans, pinto beans
  • Gluten-free pasta, rice noodles and mung bean thread noodles
  • Sardines in spring water
  • Baked beans + sustainably fished tuna in spring water (For those days…)
I buy whole spices and grind fresh as needed in a mortar in pestle.
I buy whole spices and grind fresh as needed in a mortar and pestle.

Wholefood Suppliers

*Find comprehensive pages on Stocking the Pantry + New Zealand Supplies list in my Homegrown Kitchen cookbook. Available in bookstores around NZ and signed copies HERE.*

The following is a list of New Zealand wholefood suppliers. Please note, I am in no way endorsing any of these suppliers (in fact none of them even know I am writing this post), I am just sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years sourcing quality ingredients food for my family. Firstly, I like to support local suppliers so I start this list with my Nelson locals. However, I know many of you reading this live elsewhere so read on for other New Zealand based suppliers.

Local Nelson > Nelson Fresh Choice, The Organic Green Grocer, Prego Mediterranean Foods (including FYO local extra virgin olive oil), Nelson Bin Inn,

Fresh2U Organic Food DeliveryΒ  / Nelson – weekly organic produce boxes + bulk organic dry goods and products. Organic grower Wolfgang Mann and myself set up this service in 2005 and handed it over to Lucy Maxwell in 2012. Wolfgang is still the main certified organic produce supplier [and continues to help with the packing and sourcing of produce], and Lucy has increased the range to include dry goods and organic products.

The Wee Shop Ruby Bay/Mapua – Organic produce and dry goods. They have a grain mill in store so you can purchase your grains and have them freshly milled into flour.

Kominaya Organics is an organic, whole food and health food shop in Westport on the West Coast. Including a wide variety of organic, eco-friendly and GE-free products, as well as local produce and artisan products too.

Ceres Organics/ Auckland – wholesale bulk organic foods. A huge selection of dry goods, gluten-free products and natural health products. You do need to set up an account with Ceres either as a business (with references) or coop account (for the coop account there is a minimum monthly order of $300 – this works best if shared between 3-4 families with each family ordering on a 3-4 monthly rotation).

Chantal Organics/ Napier – wholesale bulk organic foods. Anyone can order from Chantal with a minimum order of $250. You can order 500gm pack downs up to 25kg sacks of dry goods.

Terrace Farms/ Canterbury – Ira & Geoff grow, harvest and mill flour fresh to order. They have *arawa wheat (similar to spelt), purple wheat, rye and buckwheat (beautiful fresh buckwheat flour). Email them for a price list

Milmore Downs North Canterbury > NZ grown grains. I haven’t ordered from this supplier but have recommendations from others.

Bio Grains Canterbury > mostly NZ grown grains and wholefood products, chock food, flour etc.

Natural Grocer > nuts, seeds, whole foods (I haven’t ordered here but I have heard from several people who found their products fresh and good prices.)

Health Post – supplements, natural beauty products, super foods

Lav Kokonas Virgin Coconut Oil – This exceptional coconut oil is made from FRESH coconuts, unlike others that take between 3 and 5 days to process. Grown to certified organic standards, in the fertile soils of Vanuatu, then processed without the use of excessive heat or chemicals. This oil is neither refined, bleached nor deodorised and definitely has the taste of fresh coconut. Once you taste it, you won’t want any other coconut oil in your pantry.

*Now this is where I would love your help to fill in the gaps so this can be resource for others. Please comment below with details of other NZ wholefood suppliers and also where you source your local wholefoods i.e. name and location of your local organic/ bulk food store. Thank-you kindly.

Now a Recipe…

Crispy Chickpeas / Homegrown Kitchen

Crispy Cumin Chickpeas

This is a quick pantry recipe I like to make for an afternoon snack or sprinkling on top of a salad. Generally I like to cook my own dried chickpeas and freeze them into portions for adding to meals. However, having several cans of chickpeas in the pantry is a must for whipping up a quick hummus or to make this snack.


400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Heat the olive oil a heavy based frying-pan over a moderate/ high heat (I use a cast iron frypan). Once hot, add the chickpeas, cumin and salt. The chickpeas should just cover the base of the pan. Cook, shaking regularly for 10 minutes until the chickpeas turn golden and crisp up a little. Note, they won't be crunchy but will have a nice crisp skin. Tip onto a plate lined with a paper towel, eat immediately.


If the chickpeas start to pop turn the heat down a little or they will turn to mush.





  • donna
    5 years ago

    Nelson Farmers’ Market

    Fashion Island
    Cnr Hardy/Morrison Sts

    • 5 years ago

      Thanks Donna, I also shop at the Nelson Farmers market for fresh organic produce but really interested in suppliers for dry goods for this post.

  • nzecochick
    5 years ago

    Fantastic post. Amazing looking pantry. I buy most of my bulk items from Davis Trading (20 Te Puni St Petone) and Moore Wilsons (there are 3 in Wellington). Also Steve’s Bulk barn in Palmerston North is fantastic. Mx

    • 5 years ago

      Thanks for that info, really helpful for Wellington based readers.

  • Nicky
    5 years ago

    I love your earthquake proofed pantry Nicola! Great tips – I didn’t realise that about the grey NZ sea salt which I use because I like that it is local but good to know it is rich in minerals as well. Do you keep larger supplies of nuts in the freezer or just buy small amounts and use fresh?

    • 5 years ago

      Isn’t it great, I was glad to have the barriers the other day. It was quite a rumble here.
      Yes I keep most of our nuts in a cool dark pantry and some in the freezer – Brazil nuts, walnuts.

  • Rachel
    5 years ago

    I use for all my coconut products – water, oil, flour, chips, dessicated, soap etc. They are friendly and really efficient, based in Oxford, they can have my stuff to me the next day in Mosgiel.

  • Leah
    5 years ago

    Great post thank you! is great for supplements, natural cleaners, skincare, kids stuff, etc. Also I am looking at getting your Feeding Little Tummies book. I have a little girl with a wheat allergy so wondering if there are many recipes in there I can use for her? She is a year old next month and I have no idea what to feed her! Thanks.

    • 5 years ago

      Hi Leah, yes all the recipes in my book include alternative ingredient suggestions if applicable and ideas for substituting flours to make recipes gluten-free, wheat -free or dairy-free.

  • Rachel S
    5 years ago

    Hi Nic – awesome post – thanks for sharing. Here’s another online source:

  • Taryn McFadden
    5 years ago

    Hi Nicola, I am keen to know more bout starting a Ceres account. I have tried to message you through the ‘contact’ up the top of your page but its not working for me. Could please private message me about how to go about starting an account? Thank you Taryn (

    • 1 year ago

      Hi Taryn
      If you contact Ceres directly through their website letting them know you want to set up an account they will send you the details either for a business account or coop account. They might be a bit swamped with enquiries after my post as had quite a bit interest!
      Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

  • adele warburton
    5 years ago

    Crikey…I have serious pantry envy now…

  • Gabriele
    5 years ago

    I love your pantry (how large is it?) and the earthquake proofing . My daughter and I share bags of whole spices which she buys from Moore Wilson’s.

    • 5 years ago

      Thanks Gabriele, it’s one big shelf unit that came with the house when we bought it. I love the dark wood work to go with the benches.

  • Mieke
    4 years ago

    I recently came across this distributor while researching for my Mother.

    • 4 years ago

      Hi Mieke, thanks for the link. There are some great online suppliers all over the country these days so easy for people to get their hands on the good stuff.

  • Sita
    4 years ago

    Hi do you know of any places that sell organic butter in the South Island and have a wholesale option for bulk orders?

    • 4 years ago

      Hi Sita, sorry no, I only know of Chantal’s but they are based in Napier… Good luck with your search.

  • Melanie Lindstrom
    4 years ago

    A wonderful pantry! I’ve been reading Dr Libby’s latest book and came across your blog whilst searching for some whole food recipes. Luckily my parents have a whole food business in Christchurch that I can stock up from. Anyone can purchase online from them as well at You’ve given me inspiration.

    • 4 years ago

      Thanks Melanie for including the link to Lindstrom Foods! I have heard of them recently but haven’t had a chance to check them out, will do now

  • 4 years ago

    I get all my beans, lentils etc from The Real Food Grocer on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim. They have lots of Organics also. Great site.

  • Natalie
    4 years ago

    Hey Nicola, do you know what the cheapest flour distributer is in nz? I love in Wellington and really want to start baking sourdough with freshly ground rye but might have to resort to buying my own grain grinder and rye berries if i can’t afford the cost of courier!

    • 4 years ago

      Hi Natalie, try Chantal or Ceres for the wholesale organic flour. Otherwise getting a grain mill is a fabulous idea for fresh flour and can be very economical if you make a lot of bread.

  • Ali
    3 years ago

    Hi Nicola, Great web site, first time reader. Bulk foods post edictally what I was looking for. Also it seems if you are into the home grown kitchen, you are probably into good health for you and your family, friends etc. I know of a great book, which at first glace it may seem a little radical but with all the supporting evidence throughout the book you may find some very helpful information. Book best listen to as a story book. So if your interested in good health, weight loss and avoiding many degenerative diseases check it out…The China Study.. By T. Colin Campbell… Thanks for the very helpful; information.. Sunny Days πŸ™‚ Aali

  • 3 years ago

    Hi Nicola, Hope it’s okay to add our healthy food online store to this post. We have been working really hard the last year to get a great range of healthy foods in stock I have to mention, having taken so many photos of food for own website, I can really appreciate your photos on this site. Wish I had half your skill of taking and presenting food shots.

    • 3 years ago

      Thanks Paul! That is fine to share your shop link here, that is the purpose of this page as so many people were asking me where to source good quality and affordable whole foods.

  • Te Moli
    3 years ago

    Perfect post! We’re looking to return to NZ from Sydney where we’ve been availing ourselves of bulk co-op organic goodness, and glad to know our Aotearoa larder will. be. sorted. Wahoo! Looking forward. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Moni6
    2 years ago

    Anyone tried ?? Looks good πŸ™‚ thanks for all the awesome info and links x

    • 2 years ago

      Thanks, I will check them out. New websites have popped up since I made this list so thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea Abel
    1 year ago

    Nuts on line has closed down now and is

  • Anna
    5 months ago

    Hi Nicola,
    Such great pantry inspiration! thanks so much. We are big fans of yours down here in Westport on the West Coast of the South Island. Would it possible to add our shop to your list? Kominaya Organics – we provide bulk wholefoods, organic food and local produce. Sadly no website yet just our Facebook page ~ kominaya.organics.

    • 5 months ago

      Hi Anna, Thanks for the message. Of-course, I will add your shop next week once the kids are back at school, on limited computer time this week πŸ˜‰ Will stop in to Kominaya on the way down the coast in November.

    • 4 months ago

      Hi Anna, finally had a minute to add your shop to NZ wholefood suppliers.
      See you soon πŸ™‚

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