Historians are not certain about the origin of safflower, but many believe it to have originated in one of three locations: India, Central Asia or Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia and Eritrea). There are mentions of safflower going back almost 4,000 years. Cultivation of safflower is thought to have started in the Fertile Crescent. Safflower was […]
The first paprika was produced in Spain from peppers that Christopher Columbus brought back to Europe with him. The Hieronymites monks at the behest of Charles V cultivated those peppers, which is how they found their way to the La Vera region of Spain. Local farmers also began growing the peppers, which are collectively referred […]
Paprika is a spice that consists of dried and ground chili peppers that originate in central Mexico. The name “paprika” is Hungarian and its root is in the Greek “peperi” and in the Latin “piper” both of which refer to pepper. The peppers used to make paprika made their way to Hungary after Christopher Columbus […]
The history of saffron stretches all the way back to the late Bronze Age and back then it had numerous uses just as it does today. Saffron consists of the dried stigmas of the crocus flower and was used in the Middle East as a spice, dye and as perfume. In ancient Rome, Romans used […]
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.
Origin of Garlic Powder Garlic powder offers an ideal solution to the common problem of keeping fresh ingredients such as whole garlic cloves on hand. Unlike fresh cloves, garlic powder provides the seasoning you need for your dishes with the convenience of any other long-lasting item on your spice rack. Simply put, garlic powder is made from […]
Origin of Rosemary Rosemary is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. It is incredibly fragrant, with needle-like leaves (much like an evergreen) and flowers that may be white, pink, blue, or purple. This herb is native to the Mediterranean. Today, however, it is primarily grown commercially in Spain. It’s also widely […]
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 […]