Cinnamon: A History As Rich As Its Flavor


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 was in the Middle East. The Arab traders made sure to keep its origins secret in order to protect their monopoly.

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Garam Masala Vs. Curry Powder: SPICEography Showdown

Garam Masala Vs. Curry Powder

Both curry powder and garam masala are spice blends that can be used to add color and flavor to a dish. While curry powder appears to be a British invention, garam masala is authentic and widely used on the sub-continent; however, the exact blend of spices used to make it varies from region to region. But what else separates these two popular Indian cuisine seasonings? How different are the spices and flavors? Let’s dive in with another SPICEography Showdown. 

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Curry Powder: Both Sweet And Savory

Curry Powder

The history of curry powder

The word curry is thought to originate from “kari,” the Tamil word for a thin sauce containing spices served in southern India. It was one of that region’s many gravy-like accompaniments for meat and vegetables. The Portuguese are credited with bringing the term back to Europe after colonizing parts of India; however, curry itself may go as far back as 4,000 years. Evidence of a dish containing ginger and turmeric has been found in human teeth and in a cooking pot in the ancient Indian town of Farmana. Both ginger and turmeric are still used curry dishes today.

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White Pepper Vs. Black Pepper: SPICEography Showdown

Black Pepper Vs. White Pepper

Pepper is the most popular spice in the world and was so prized at one point in history that it was actually used as currency. In fact, European explorers were primarily seeking pepper when they found their way to the new world. Both white and black peppers come from the same plant and both are useful seasonings. In order to use these spices effectively, it is important to know how they differ in terms of appearance and flavor. Let’s breakdown the similarities and differences in another SPICEography Showdown.

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Bay Leaves: A Simple Spice For Complex Flavor

Bay Leaves

Almost anyone who has made a basic soup or stew has used bay leaves to flavor the dish. Bay leaves have been such a staple ingredient in soups and stews that most of us use them as we always have without giving them a second thought.

With a multitude of health benefits and uses beyond your favorite family stew recipe, bay leaves might just become one of your next go-to ingredients when you’re looking to elevate your cooking. Bursting with flavor, bay leaves have the ability to take your culinary skills to the next level!

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