Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World

In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence.

Author: Ben-Erik Van Wyk

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 1842465015

Category: Cooking (Herbs)

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In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence. The book covers more than 150 species, from black pepper and blackcurrant to white mustard and white ginger, detailing the propagation, cultivation, and culinary uses of each. Introductory chapters capture the essence of culinary traditions, traditional herb and spice mixtures, preservation, presentation, and the chemistry of flavours, and individual entries include the chemical compounds and structures responsible for each spice or herb's characteristic flavour. Finally, the book offers a global view of the most famous use or signature dish for each herb or spice, satisfying the gourmand's curiosity for more information about new dishes from little-known culinary traditions. People all over the world are becoming more sophisticated and demanding about what they eat and how it is prepared. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World will appeal to those inquisitive foodies in addition to gardeners and botanists.
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Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World

In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence.

Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226091839

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

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For centuries herbs and spices have been an integral part of many of the world’s great cuisines. But spices have a history of doing much more than adding life to bland foods. They have been the inspiration for, among other things, trade, exploration, and poetry. Priests employed them in worship, incantations, and rituals, and shamans used them as charms to ward off evil spirits. Nations fought over access to and monopoly of certain spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, when they were rare commodities. Not only were many men’s fortunes made in the pursuit of spices, spices at many periods throughout history literally served as currency. In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence. Van Wyk covers more than 150 species—from black pepper and blackcurrant to white mustard and white ginger—detailing the propagation, cultivation, and culinary uses of each. Introductory chapters capture the essence of culinary traditions, traditional herb and spice mixtures, preservation, presentation, and the chemistry of flavors, and individual entries include the chemical compounds and structures responsible for each spice or herb’s characteristic flavor. Many of the herbs and spices van Wyk covers are familiar fixtures in our own spice racks, but a few—especially those from Africa and China—will be introduced for the first time to American audiences. Van Wyk also offers a global view of the most famous use or signature dish for each herb or spice, satisfying the gourmand’s curiosity for more information about new dishes from little-known culinary traditions. People all over the world are becoming more sophisticated and demanding about what they eat and how it is prepared. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World will appeal to those inquisitive foodies in addition to gardeners and botanists.
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Chef s Guide to Herbs Spices

For gardening chefs, the guide enumerates the seven best methods for locking flavor into dried, infused, and otherwise preserved homegrowns. For the aroma-curious, it maps out intriguing spice adventures to enliven everyday meals.

Author: Jay Weinstein

Publisher: Quickstudy Reference Guides

ISBN: 1423239776

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Essential 6 page laminated kitchen-proof guide for both the professional chef and homegrown culinary enthusiast. Chef Jay Weinstein, CIA-trained veteran of America's finest kitchens, including New York's Le Bernardin and Boston's Jasper enumerates the relevant leaves, seeds, barks, buds, resins, and other plant-based seasonings of modern world cuisines sharing techniques such as infusions, herb-oils, rubs, and curries in easy-to-execute tip boxes and charts enabling any cook to make any flavor fast. From aromatic properties to classical and cutting-edge pairings, create flavor profiles of both Western foods and emerging food scenes of Asia, Latin America and beyond. Make marinades truly penetrate, broths genuinely profound, and coax the most essence from every herb and spice. For gardening chefs, the guide enumerates the seven best methods for locking flavor into dried, infused, and otherwise preserved homegrowns. For the aroma-curious, it maps out intriguing spice adventures to enliven everyday meals. For the novice, it defines every herb and spice needed to produce just about any dish they wish to master. This may be the only herb and spice reference a good cook will ever need. 6 page laminated guide includes: Definitions Herbs: Fresh or Dried? Cuts, Blends & Bundles Curries Buying Storing & Preserving Herbs & Spices Drying Herbs Salt Tips & Tricks Chili Powders Culinary Herbs Reference Table Photo of the Herb Description Flavor Profile Pairings Forms Chef's Comments Culinary Spices Reference Table Photo of the Spice Description Flavor Profile Pairings Forms Chef's Comments Coaxing the Essence Growing at Home Marinades & Rubs
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Culinary Herbs and Spices

culinary herbs and spices are purported to be of benefit in the maintenance of health and the prevention of chronic ... acknowledge that more culinary herbs and spices than the thirty of focus in this book are used around the world.

Author: Elizabeth I Opara

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN: 9781839161568

Category: Cooking

Page: 604

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Culinary herbs and spices have been recognised globally for their dietary and medicinal uses for centuries. A growing body of research is acknowledging their health-promoting properties as well as their therapeutic potential with reference to a number of chronic non-communicable diseases including cancer and type 2 diabetes. The aim of this book is to bring together current knowledge of thirty of the most commonly used culinary herbs and spices globally in an accessible dictionary format. For each culinary herb or spice the following is covered: origin and history of use, including their use in food preservation and for medicinal purposes; nutritional composition; chemistry; sensory properties; adulteration; current and emerging research concerning their bioactive properties and their health promoting and therapeutic potential; safety; and adverse effects. The book is a central source of information for those who have a general interest in these foods, are studying plant and food science and nutrition, and who practice or have an interest in the culinary arts.
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The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs includes complete descriptions, histories, and cooking suggestions for ingredients from basic herbs to the most exotic seeds and chilies, as well as information on toasting spices, making teas, and ...

Author: Padma Lakshmi

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062375247

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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From the Emmy-nominated host of the award-winning Top Chef, an A-to-Z compendium of spices, herbs, salts, peppers, and blends, with beautiful photography and a wealth of explanation, history, and cooking advice. Award-winning cookbook author and television host Padma Lakshmi, inspired by her life of traveling across the globe, brings together the world’s spices and herbs in a vibrant, comprehensive alphabetical guide. This definitive culinary reference book is illustrated with rich color photographs that capture the essence of a diverse range of spices and their authentic flavors. The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs includes complete descriptions, histories, and cooking suggestions for ingredients from basic herbs to the most exotic seeds and chilies, as well as information on toasting spices, making teas, and infusing various oils and vinegars. And no other market epitomizes Padma’s love for spices and global cuisine than where she spent her childhood—lingering in the aisles of the iconic gourmet food store Kalustyan’s, in New York City. Perfect for the holiday season and essential to any well-stocked kitchen or cooking enthusiast, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs is an invaluable resource as well as a stunning and adventurous tour of some of the most wondrous and majestic flavors on earth.
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Herb and Spices The Cook s Reference

Add exciting and exotic new flavours to your cooking with flair and creativity with this practical reference book. If you don't know your wasabi from your epazote this is the guide for you.

Author: Jill Norman

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241235072

Category: Cooking

Page: 336

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The essential companion for every creative cook - now available in PDF With global herbs, spice and seasonings now widely available, cooking has never been more varied. Add exciting and exotic new flavours to your cooking with flair and creativity with this practical reference book. If you don't know your wasabi from your epazote this is the guide for you. With directions on how to choose, use, store and grow over 200 world herbs and spices, and over 100 recipes for blends, spice rubs and flavour-packed sauces this is the comprehensive reference for cooks of any skill level. This updated edition comes with 25 brand new recipes, plus a completely updated guide to include all international herbs and spices available now. Experiment with flavour and explore exotic cuisines with Herbs & Spices as your essential companion.
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The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs Spices

An Understanding of herbs and spices is essential to making the most of this new "global Kitchen"--and Tony Hill's comprehensive, up-to-date resource is the ultimate guide to cooking with the seasonings that bring the world's cuisines to ...

Author: Tony Hill

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 047121423X

Category: Cooking

Page: 422

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A comprehensive guide for today's cooks provides entries for more than 350 herbs and spices, featuring in each listing Latin names, countries of origin, and seasoning suggestions, in a reference that is complemented by recipes and more than two hundred color photographs.
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Medicinal Spices

Taking you on a journey into the world of spices, the author describes 300 plants and the spices that are obtained from them from the perspective of a natural scientist. 84 extensive monographs of culinary herbs are presented here, with ...

Author: Eberhard Teuscher

Publisher: Medpharm Gmbh Scientific Pub

ISBN: 0849319625

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 459

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Taking you on a journey into the world of spices, the author describes 300 plants and the spices that are obtained from them from the perspective of a natural scientist. 84 extensive monographs of culinary herbs are presented here, with details of their cultivation, production, constituents, sensoric properties, pharmacological actions, their potential toxicity and their culinary and medicinal uses.
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Science of Spices and Culinary Herbs Latest Laboratory Pre clinical and Clinical Studies

... Iran Abstract: Saffron, as one of the most expensive spices in the world, is obtained from the stigma of Crocus sativus. Crocus sativus L. belongs to the Iridaceae family, and has been widely used as an herbal medicine, spice, ...

Author: Atta-ur-Rahman

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

ISBN: 9781681087528

Category: Medical

Page: 251

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Many herbs and spices, in addition to their culinary use for taste, contain chemical compounds which have medicinal uses. For this reason, herbs and spices have been used for treating various ailments since ancient times. Modern scientific methods have enabled researchers to isolate bioactive compounds from herbs and spices and perform chemical analyses, which can be used to develop medicines to treat different diseases. This book series is a compilation of current reviews on studies performed on herbs and spices. Science of Spices & Culinary Herbs is essential reading for medicinal chemists, herbalists and biomedical researchers interested in the science of natural herbs and spices that are a common part of regional diets and folk medicine.
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Grow Your Own Spices

2 Abascal, K., & Ahg, R. H. (2017). Cilantro—Culinary Herb or Miracle Medicinal Plant? (October 2012). https://doi.org/10.1089/ act.2012.185073. Heywood, V.H, editor. Flowering Plants of the World. New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1985.

Author: Tasha Greer

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 9780760368022

Category: Gardening

Page: 128

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In Grow Your Own Spices, author and spice-growing gardener Tasha Greer hands you everything you need to know to grow a thriving spice garden, with practical tips and in-depth advice on cultivating over 30 different spices. Unlike herbs, which consist of the green leaves of certain plants, spices come from the seeds, roots, bark, or berries of plants, which means growing, harvesting, and preparing spices is a lot more nuanced than growing leafy herbs. Start with easy-to-grow seed spices first, such as sesame seeds, fennel, and cumin, then graduate to more challenging spice varieties, such as star anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spices not only offer culinary flare, there’s also increasing evidence of their ability to fight inflammation and reduce various health risks. Medical usage tips from expert herbalist Lindsey Feldpausch are found throughout the book and offer well-researched advice on how to use homegrown spices to improve your well-being. Regardless of whether you’re using spices as a health-boosting supplement or simply to power-up the flavor of your meals, purchasing spices is an expensive proposition. Why pay all that money when you can grow your own organic spices with the easy-to-follow advice found here? In the pages of Grow Your Own Spices, you’ll learn: How to cultivate your own saffron, the world’s most expensive spice The best way to tend tropical spices, like ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, even if you live in a cold climate Easy-to-grow spices that are perfect for beginners The unique way certain spices, such as wasabi, cloves, and cinnamon, are grown and harvested How to cultivate root spices, including horseradish and chicory Tips for harvesting your own capers, mustard, sesame seeds, and even paprika Let Grow Your Own Spices show you how to spice up your garden, your plate, and your health, with your own fresh, homegrown spices!
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Herb Spice Companion

The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2009. van Wyk, Ben-Erik. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Author: Lindsay Herman

Publisher: Wellfleet

ISBN: 9781577151142

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

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You can spice up your cooking when you learn how to grow, dry, store and use over 100 herbs and spices! Herb and Spice Companion is your ultimate guide for using fresh and dried herbs and spices in the kitchen. Inside this handy book, get descriptions of more than 100 herbs and spices from around the world. Discover useful tips on storing and using spices to create innovative combinations of flavors. This is the essential guidebook to using herbs and spices to add flavor and depth in your cooking. From basil to beebalm, from lavender to lemon verbena, learn all of the interesting aspects of your herbs, including their rich history, how to grow, harvest, and dry them, and even their unique medicinal uses. This is a must-have for anyone's cookbook library.
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Spice Notes

Paperback release of a guide to culinary herbs and spices, first published 2000.

Author: Ian Hemphill

Publisher:

ISBN: 0732911567

Category: Condiments

Page: 497

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Paperback release of a guide to culinary herbs and spices, first published 2000. Covers the history of the spice trade and cultures and cuisines of the spice world. Provides detailed information on the herbs and spices used in today's cooking and over 50 recipes. Includes bibliography and index. Author managed a spice company in Singapore, was a senior manager for a multinational food company in Australia and currently runs a specialty spice shop in Sydney.
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A Culinary Journey

This fascinating journey into the world of vegetarian cooking is written by Joan Greenblatt, a writer who spent decades exploring world cuisines, experimenting with alternative foods, and studying the healing properties of herbs and spices.

Author: Joan Greenblatt

Publisher:

ISBN: 098560395X

Category: Cooking

Page: 298

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A Personal Voyage into the World of Herbs, Spices & Vegetarian Cuisine Over 200 Eclectic Recipes and Intriguing Life Stories. Includes Many Allergy-free Alternatives. This fascinating journey into the world of vegetarian cooking is written by Joan Greenblatt, a writer who spent decades exploring world cuisines, experimenting with alternative foods, and studying the healing properties of herbs and spices. Joan's explorations, and the eclectic flavors that she discovered through her lifelong culinary journey, are presented straight from the heart, in the form of delightful stories, ingredient lore, and a dash of history. Special emphasis is given to people who require allergy-free alternatives to recipes that call for dairy, egg, nuts, and wheat ingredients. Joan's meditative lifestyle is apparent as she shares intriguing facts about the world of distinctive herbs and spices. Whether it is a narrative centered on an international recipes or a unique culinary approach, the emphasis is always toward creating healthy, well-balanced, healing-inspired dishes.
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Sticks Seeds Pods and Leaves

Presented in an accessible A-to-Z format, and including a wonderful selection of more than 150 simple and modern recipes that show off the unique flavor of each ingredient, this is the ultimate guide to growing, sourcing, and cooking more ...

Author: Ian Hemphill

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1740665570

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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Presented in an accessible A-to-Z format, and including a wonderful selection of more than 150 simple and modern recipes that show off the unique flavor of each ingredient, this is the ultimate guide to growing, sourcing, and cooking more than 80 herbs and spices. Cooks will discover how to grow and use their favorites to create delectable dishes, including Roasted Mushrooms with Ajowan, Cauliflower with Indian Spices, Vietnamese Chicken with Lemongrass, Ras El Hanout Chicken, a hearty Lamb Shanks Tagine, Risotto with Garlic and Fennel, Rosemary Scones, and Lavender Ice cream. Beautifully illustrated throughout, including full-color identification photos of all herbs and spices (and blends), this reference is a must-have cookbook for chefs of all skill levels.
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Herbaceous

Packed with practical information on growing and using herbs in an accessible A-Z format.

Author: Elizabeth Hemphill

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1740660129

Category: Cookery (Herbs)

Page: 167

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Packed with practical information on growing and using herbs in an accessible A-Z format. All the popular culinary herbs such as parsley, rosemary and coriander are included, and information is given for their cultivation in the garden to cooking in the kitchen.
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Spice Thyme

Cooks around the world open their cupboards to share their tried and true recipes with spices. Includes how to grow, harvest, dry, and use herbs.

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ISBN: 0999729535

Category: Cooking (Spices)

Page: 591

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Cooks around the world open their cupboards to share their tried and true recipes with spices. Includes how to grow, harvest, dry, and use herbs.
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Science of Spices and Culinary Herbs Volume 3

CONFLICT OF INTEREST The authors confirm that there is no conflict of interest. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Declared none. REFERENCES [1] World Health Organization. WHO guidelines for assessing quality of herbal medicines with reference to ...

Author: Atta-ur-Rahman

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

ISBN: 9789811468346

Category: Medical

Page: 213

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Many herbs and spices, in addition to their culinary use for taste, contain chemical compounds which have medicinal uses. For this reason, herbs and spices have been used for treating various ailments since ancient times. Modern scientific methods have enabled researchers to isolate bioactive compounds from herbs and spices and perform chemical analyses, which can be used to develop medicines to treat different diseases. This book series is a compilation of current reviews on studies performed on herbs and spices. Science of Spices and Culinary Herbs is essential reading for medicinal chemists, herbalists and biomedical researchers interested in the science of natural herbs and spices that are common part of regional diets and folk medicine. The third volume of this series features the following reviews: 1. Anthelmintic Properties of Cinnamon for the Control of Agricultural and Public Health Pests 2. Nutraceutical Attributes of Tamarindus indica L. - Devils’ Tree with Sour Date 3. An Overview of the Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) Fruit: A Potential source of Nutritional and Health promoting Phytoconstituents 4. The Clinical Overview of Turmeric, Turmeric-based Medicines, and Turmeric Isolates 5. Origanum majorana: The Fragrance of Health 6. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum L.): The King of Spices 7. Coriander: A Herb with Multiple Benefits 8. Flax Seed (Linum usitatissimum) a Potential Functional Food Source.
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Herbs and Spices of the World

Author: Hermie Kranzdorf

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: UVA:X000788795

Category: Cooking

Page: 205

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This color-illustrated cookbook tells the story of herbs and spices and their usefor medicinal and culinary purposes. Learn to grow, store, and use them in many fragrant and delicious recipes.
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The Mystery of Herbs and Spices

That?s all. But, since the human race began to dream, the story of spices has enchanted our fantasy as well. Where do they come from? Why are they so enticing? In what new ways can we use them? This is a book of discovery.

Author: James Moseley

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781599268644

Category: Cooking

Page: 195

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The Mystery of Herbs and Spices offers 53 tell-all biographies of celebrated spices and herbs. Tales of war, sex, greed, hedonism, cunning, exploration and adventure reveal how mankind turned the mere need for nourishment into the exaltation of culinary arts. Is it a spice or herb? Where does it come from and what causes its taste? What legends or scandals embellish it? To what curious uses has it been put? How can you use it today? Neither a cookbook nor dry scholarship, the book employs anecdotes and humor to demystify the use and character of every spice or herb. Sample chapters from The Mystery of Herbs and Spices follow. INTRODUCTION ?Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred.? ? Proverbs 15:17 Herbs and spices. They impart glory to food, and variety to life. They are what separate the mere cook from the gourmet. But they can be confusing. What is the difference between a herb and a spice? What foods do they go with? And don?t you feel silly, not knowing if you are supposed to say ?herb? or ?erb?? You might think a gourmet, who understands such things, is a sort of wizard ? that?s what people thought in the Middle Ages, when users of herbal medicines were accused of witchcraft and burnt! But to people who grow up in India or Thailand, exotic spices are common. They use a wealth of seasonings as casually as we scatter ketchup and pepper. Cooking with cardamom or cumin might seem a mystery of subtle kitchens, but did you know that ordinary pepper was once precious and rare? If you lived in Europe seven hundred years ago, you could pay your rent or taxes in peppercorns, counting them out like coins. You could have bought a horse for a pound of saffron; a pound of ginger would get you a cow; and a pound of nutmeg was worth seven fat oxen. If you were an exceptionally lucky bride, your father might give you peppercorns as a dowry. Now consider how casually we dash a bit of pepper over a fried egg today! Like anything else, herbs and spices are easy to use when you are familiar with them. But, like nothing else, the story of spices is laced with adventure. Ferdinand Magellan launched the first voyage around our planet. By the time he reached the Pacific Ocean, he had been out of touch with civilization for a year. Sailing from the west coast of South America, he headed out onto a briny desert of burning glass. He had no maps. He had no radio. He had ridiculously small and leaky ships. He was going where no one had ever gone before. The hissing swells of the Pacific would take him four frightening months to cross, without laying eyes once on land. There would be nothing like this adventure for another five hundred years ? not until our exploration of space. Magellan died out there in the unknown. Only eighteen of his 237 sailors straggled back to Spain. What did they have to show for it? Silver? Gold? Scientific discoveries? No?nutmegs and cloves! Twenty-six tons of them ? enough to pay for the entire cost of the voyage and make a profit of 500 gold ducats for every shareholder. No one doubted for one second that the whole adventure had been worth it! Spices. They enhance our food. That?s all. But, since the human race began to dream, the story of spices has enchanted our fantasy as well. Where do they come from? Why are they so enticing? In what new ways can we use them? This is a book of discovery. Unfurl your sails, like Magellan, and follow the fragrance of spices and herbs to their source, gather their lore, and let them not only season your cooking, but enrich your enjoyment of life. PETER PIPER If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? It might seem funny now, but it wasn?t funny at the time. Pierre Poivre of Lyons, France, otherwise known as Peter Pepper or Peter Piper, was a real person. Born in 1719, he started his career as a Christian missionary, and founded a bank in Vietnam. In 1766 he became Governor of Isle de France (Mauritius), the French colony far off the southeast coast of Africa. The eponymous tongue-twister made fun of the Pierre?s hare-brained schemes. On his lovely but lonely tropical island, far from the glitter of Paris, Peter Piper watched Dutch ships freighting precious cargoes of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon right under his nose from the Far East to Amsterdam. The spice trade created fabulous wealth. Spices were cheap to grow. They were compact and lightweight, so that huge loads could be crammed into a ship?s hold. Prices in Europe were high, so that an Indiaman could realize a 4,000 per cent profit in a single voyage! No other cargo could compare. Now why, thought Peter Piper, couldn?t those spices be grown in his colony? Of course, the Dutch wouldn?t just hand them over. But if one could sneak into the Dutch colony of Indonesia and smuggle out a seedling or two ? what wealth for France! What gloire for Pierre Poivre! And he did it. In 1769, Governor Poivre equipped two fast ships that slipped through the Dutch blockade into a lonely harbor on the island of Jibby in the Moluccas. The French expedition persuaded the local rajah to sell sixty clove plants. The Dutch found out, but could not outsail the swift French corsairs. Two of the pilfered trees bore fruit in 1775. In 1776, Peter Piper presented the first French-grown cloves to His Christian Majesty, King Louis XVI. Cloves were planted in the other French colonies of Reunion, Cayenne, and Martinique. But historical events foiled Peter?s Piper?s plan for a new French monopoly. Napoleon occupied Holland in 1800. In a counter-move, France?s enemy, England, seized the Dutch colonies in the East. They sent clove and nutmeg plants to the British colonies of Malacca and Ceylon, to the West Indian islands of St. Vincent, Trinidad, Grenada, and, in Africa, to Zanzibar, which became the most important source of cloves on earth, even to this day. So the greatest harvest of Peter Piper?s pilfered plants came long after he left Mauritius in 1776. And what glory did Peter Piper get? An inaccurate nursery rhyme about picking pickled peppers! CINNAMON AND CASSIA The Greeks thought that cassia, cinnamon?s cousin, was collected from a swamp infested by giant, shrieking bats. Cinnamon is probably the oldest spice known to man. Twenty-five centuries before Christ, Pharaoh Sankhare sent a sailing expedition down the African Coast looking for it. And Moses used cinnamon to make the anointing oil of Hebrew worship. Herodotus wrote that somewhere near the fabled city of Nosa in Arabia, giant birds made nests of cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon harvesters would lay carcasses of donkeys and oxen out for the birds, who would swoop down and carry the meat up to their nests. The weight of these carcasses would snap bits off the nests, and the cinnamon hunters would gather the scattered cinnamon quills below. The Greeks also thought that cassia, cinnamon?s cousin, was collected from a swamp infested by giant, shrieking bats. Tragically, neither story was true. Arab merchants spread these tall tales to keep their sources of cinnamon secret, for Europeans dreamed of finding the source of this spice. Diodorus, the Sicilian historian who flourished in 50 BC, wrote tantalizingly that there was so much cinnamon in Arabia that Bedouins used it for campfires! Although both cinnamon and its close cousin, cassia, are mentioned often in the Bible, neither ever grew in the Holy Lands. From the faraway tropics of Asia, daring Indonesian sailors followed seasonal winds, called monsoons, to the coast of Africa. Their cinnamon cargo was freighted by Arab sailors up to the Red Sea, or carted by land caravans through Kenya, 2,000 miles along the Nile, until it reached the Mediterranean shores. Cassia, which is so like cinnamon but grows in China, was packed along the famous Silk Route, from South China, through the Gobi Desert, over the Himalayas, and to Antioch, Syr
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How to Grow Culinary Herbs Spices the Natural Way

This volume begins with the history of herbs and spices and how they have beenused.

Author: Charlotte De la Bédoyère

Publisher: Search PressLtd

ISBN: 0855327510

Category: Gardening

Page: 64

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This volume begins with the history of herbs and spices and how they have beenused. It then shows how easy it is to grow herbs and spices through basic organic gardening procedures. A list of almost all herbs and spices which can be grown successfully in practically any part of the world, in large and small pots and gardens is included. 200+ full-color photos.
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