Kosher salt is obtained by the same means used to get regular table salt. In other words, it may be harvested from the sea or it may be mined. The difference lies in processing as kosher salt is processed in such a way that the crystals are large and irregular. Any kind of salt can […]
Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years. As far back as 2000 BC, this spice was a valuable commodity in the Middle East. One of its many uses in the ancient world was as a perfume for embalming purposes. It was brought to Europe by Arab traders where it became just as popular as […]
It’s a common misconception that allspice is a spice blend consisting of many spices. In reality, allspice is a single spice made from the unripe berries of evergreen trees indigenous to the lush rainforests of Central and South America. This spice derived its name from the English in the 1600’s, as they found it had […]
Like cinnamon and allspice, nutmeg is an intense, aromatic spice that most of us associate with the holiday season. With just one hint of nutmeg’s distinct scent can send us reeling with memories of some of our favorite times. Of course, nutmeg works well in more than just eggnog and holiday meats. By learning to […]
Related to turmeric and cardamom, ginger is indigenous through China. From there, it spread to other parts of Asia, the Spice Islands, and West Africa. Today, India is the largest producer of this popular culinary and medicinal herbaceous plant root, though it’s widely grown around the world.
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 […]
A perennial member of the ginger family, turmeric is native to southwest India and grows wild in the forests of south and Southeast Asia. Today, India remains the top producer of turmeric, but it is now commercially cultivated in Vietnam as well. Prior to finding popularity and common medicinal and culinary uses, this spice was […]
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.
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.
Coriander is made from the dried seeds of cilantro and its native regions span from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia. The exact region from which this spice originates has not been pin-pointed and it is currently grown in many places all over the world. The culinary use of this spice dates back […]