Celery seed does not come from celery. It comes from a wild ancestor of the celery plant sometimes called smallage, lovage or Chinese celery. Celery along with its ancestor plant is in the same family as parsley and the carrot. These plants originated in the Mediterranean region. Both the leaves and seeds of the celery […]
There are hundreds of species of mint, with the most common varieties being spearmint and peppermint. The consensus among most historians is that the term “mint” in historical texts is usually referring to peppermint. The use of mint dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Archaeologists have found dried mint leaves in Egyptian tombs […]
It should be noted that all salts can technically be considered sea salts since they all came from a sea at some point. However, the term “sea salt” is generally used for salt that is produced by evaporating water from a living ocean. This method of producing salt dates back to prehistoric times.
Black pepper is one of the most widely-used spices in the world. In the United States alone, black pepper stands side-by-side with salt on most dinner tables. While it is one of the few spices nearly everyone uses with at least some regularity, most of us don’t stop to consider how this popular spice came […]