Cardamom: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is cardamom? Aromatic cardamom is a spice made from the combined ground seeds of several plants that are native to India. In countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Indonesia, cardamom grows wild throughout the countryside. Today, Guatemala is the world’s largest producer, followed by India and Sri Lanka.  …

Read more


Cloves: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Cloves are one of the oldest and most popular spices in the world. Native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, cloves are the flower buds of a variety of evergreen tree. This strong and aromatic spice has been consumed in Asia for more than 2,000 years. It quickly gained popularity …

Read more

Too Much Sage

Too Much Sage? Here Are Some Solutions

Sage is a potent herb that has applications in a range of savory dishes. Most people know it as the Thanksgiving turkey herb as it is traditionally used as a part of poultry seasoning blends and in stuffing. It is very easy to go too far with this herb and …

Read more

Maggi seasoning

Maggi Seasoning: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Maggi seasoning is a seasoning sauce similar to soy sauce that is also called Maggi liquid, Maggi sauce, and Maggi wurze. Julius Maggi, the founder of the Maggi brand, invented Maggi seasoning. It came after the Swiss government contracted Maggi to create meals for working-class people. In the eyes of …

Read more

Tajin Seasoning

Tajin Seasoning: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Tajin seasoning, or simply Tajin, is what most people call the seasoning blend named Tajin Clasico. The Tajin brand name has come to refer to the seasoning itself. The Tajin name was inspired by the El Tajin archaeological site in Veracruz, once one of the largest Mesoamerican cities. Horacio Fernandez …

Read more

Champagne vinegar

Champagne Vinegar: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is champagne vinegar? Champagne vinegar is also known as vinaigre de Reims or Reims vinegar because it comes from Reims. Reims is a town in France’s Champagne region. Champagne vinegar is a wine vinegar made from Champagne wine, so its history is closely tied to that of the wine. …

Read more

Black cardamom substitute

What’s A Good Black Cardamom Substitute?

Black cardamom is a useful spice that is related both to green cardamom — a better known and possibly more versatile spice — and to ginger. Unless you cook a lot of Chinese or Indian food, you may not always have black cardamom on hand. If running out and grabbing …

Read more

black cardamom

Black Cardamom: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is black cardamom? Black cardamom is one of those spices that has a variety of aliases. Black cardamom also goes by Nepal cardamom and brown cardamom, among other names. Like its relative green cardamom, black cardamom belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, so it is also related to ginger. The …

Read more