The Power of Spices :

Between the 1500s and 1700s, the Spice Route describes a lengthy journey where ships were taken for trade from Asia to Europe in ships, caravans, and on elephant back. The world’s most significant industry in ancient times, the spice trade defined commerce, provided remedies for ailments, and even influenced worldwide culinary tradition and cuisine. Spices were historically considered as important possessions of the royalty. Kings in the past held a region ransom to gain ownership of spices they deemed to be precious. Rome, under siege in 410 AD, was released upon payment of 3,000 pounds of pepper. Jewelers in India created delicate, miniature caskets with silver and gold to serve as Cardamom containers for the noblemen of the royal courts in Delhi and Agra. Spices also have a special place in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine practiced for over 5,000 years. For example, Turmeric exhibits natural, antiseptic properties. Ginger aids in digestion, and Cumin alleviates nausea. The year 2018, we celebrate the versatility of spices, and recognize their role as flavor enhances, powerful healers of ailments, and as catalysts transform all that they touch…

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