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 […]
The fennel seed is the fruit of the fennel plant, which belongs to the parsley family. Its taste is similar to that of aniseed and the two are often confused with each other as a result. Fennel seeds are oval shaped and have grooves. They are yellowish-brown or yellowish-green in color once dried. The fennel […]
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.
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 […]