India is a country known for its never-ending flavors and spices that the world loves. These spices bring life to the ‘desi’ flavors that excite our palates.
Let’s learn some interesting facts about these amazing spices that Indian recipes thrive on.
1. Cardamom: Cardamom is a very commonly used spice in India, especially in teas and curries. But what Indians don’t realize that cardamom is actually one of the most expensive spices in the world, ranked 3rd after vanilla and saffron. Despite being known as an Indian spice; India is the second-largest exporter of the spice behind Guatemala (Yeah, right!). And even though we call it a spice, cardamom is actually a very beneficial detoxifying and cooling agent.
2. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is known as the oldest spice in the world as it has been known to be traded around the world in the 1500s. At one point, cinnamon was considered so valuable in Ancient Egypt that it surpassed the cost of gold. And guess what, you can buy it for a lot cheaper from us!
3. Cumin: The cumin plant comes from the same family as parsley. It is so useful that it isn’t only used in cooking, but was also used as a preservative in mummification in Ancient Egypt. Being one of the most popular spices in the world, cumin also has an island in Malta named after itself, called Comino which once flourished in the Maltese island.
4. Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the most common spices used in Indian recipes. It’s also considered pure and auspicious. It is also useful as a beauty product. In fact, it’s mixed with water and applied to grooms and brides in the ‘haldi’ ceremony, for a natural glow. Indians also commonly mix it with milk and have it as a healthy drink when they’re under the weather.
Now go ahead, use these unique facts to flaunt your knowledge and strike a conversation! Enlighten your family and friends while you cook them a hearty meal.
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