The spices ... Taste well inside

Spices are substances of plant origin that are used to season and preserve food. They have a great flavoring capacity, so they are usually used in small quantities and can be mixed together to achieve different combinations.

Most come from Asia, although there are also some originating from the Mediterranean and America. Pepper, paprika, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon are some of the most consumed spices in the world, while the most expensive are saffron, cardamom and vanilla.

Spices promote digestion, enhance the flavor of food and give a different touch to ordinary dishes. A pinch of these 'magic powders' is enough and our table becomes a carpet, also magical, that transports us to distant horizons.

For millennia, some aromatic plants have been sought and cultivated for their flavor and aroma properties and as preservatives, these are the herbs and plants traditionally used in our kitchen to give the best possible flavor to everyday dishes.

Herbs are generally wild plants that grow nearby, generally the leaves of certain plants, but what we Europeans call spices come from a very different class of plants, generally come from very distant lands, the ancient West and East Indies, They grow on tropical trees, shrubs, or plants and have characteristic aromas and flavors.

Other times, the hidden seeds are the sought-after spice. Most of these spices and herbs require warm or temperate climates and sufficient humidity and naturally originate from the tropical regions of Asia and the Mediterranean basin. Therefore, the herbs and spices we use are the parts of the plant that have the flavor and aroma and can be treated, stored and preserved.

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The origin of spices and the use of certain herbs such as basil or peppermint is linked to the East of the XNUMXrd millennium BC. From China to Egypt or Sri Lanka, several are the countries where the various types of spices and aromatic plants originated. Thus, in Ancient Egypt they were used to flavor foods, such as cosmetics and even in lotions related to embalming.

Since the XNUMXnd millennium, the commercialization of spices and herbs has had various penetration routes in different areas of the planet. One of them left by sea from China and reached the coasts of India. From there, Arab traders followed overland routes to introduce these products into Eastern Europe. The Phoenician civilization would carry spices to all the Mediterranean coasts during the transition from the XNUMXnd to the XNUMXst millennium BC, although control over the entry from the East continued in Arab hands.

Greek and Roman cultures adapted Eastern myths and rituals in the use of certain spices and herbs, using them for their religious celebrations. Demand was increased during the domination of the Mare Nostrum by the Romans, putting pressure on land trade routes and even creating cities that would serve as a link for their economic interests.

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History of spices (Full Documentary in Spanish)

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Published by Restaurant Management On Saturday, May 4 of 2019


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After the fall of the Roman Empire, during the Middle Ages, Europe suffered a cultural and economic stagnation that led to the spice markets to a strong decline. This would not be the case in the Arab countries, since as the Muslim religion spread throughout Arabia and North Africa, the trade in spices and aromatic herbs was gaining ground.

The Christian crusades would revitalize the European interest in these products and the port that had par excellence served as a gateway for orientalizing ideas in Europe, Venice, experienced a moment of economic splendor. Large quantities of spices came to him, which were bought mainly by German merchants, a situation that lasted during the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, turning spices into highly valued products such as silver or gold.

During the XNUMXth century, the commercial routes would be exploited by the Portuguese thanks to the territorial benefits obtained in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Thereafter, Holland would be the country that would obtain concessions for the trade in spices and herbs through the company of the East Indies.

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