Most historians believe that the first people to cultivate and use cocoa were the Olmecs who lived in what is now Mexico between 1500 and 400 BC. They are believed to have discovered its usefulness by observing rats eating the fruit of the cocoa tree. Both the Mayans and Aztecs would follow suit and come […]
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 […]
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 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 […]