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Definition: What are spices?
Spices are by definition the fresh or dried parts of plants such as fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, bark, juice or roots of plants. Spices and herbs are used as seasonings, food preservatives or as medicines. At Orlandosideee, you can order your spices online. We offer a wide selection of fine spices in our online shop.
Spices refine the taste and the look of food with their aromas and essential oils. A finely tuned dish with spices can become a culinary delight and enhance the taste of a simple food. The spice master mixes spice blends.
Train your sense of taste and smell and explore the aromatic variety of the spices. Get to know the differences and try with courage - to spice up your food. You can become a spice master and prepare with your dishes with much creativity and enjoyment.
Spices have been used for seasoning foods and drinks for hundreds of years. This is proven by their mention in the Old Testament, in the Epic of Gilgamesh, in ancient Chinese texts, and excavations.
During excavations of the tombs of pharaohs in Egypt, archaeologists found spices that date back to 3000 BC. At that time, the Egyptians not only took advantage of the preservative properties of the spices, but also of their fragrance. They used spices to embalm their dead to appease the gods with their fragrance.
This mystical aura has not been lost over the years and continues to play on the topic of spices. Spices continue to be used in many ways. At the time of the Roman Empire, the spice trade was in Arab hands. They were highly skilled salesmen and legendary merchants. They were careful not to reveal to their customers where their treasures came from. For this reason, spices were also very precious, overpriced and difficult to obtain. Marco Polo was, in contrast to the Arab traders, very talkative. He wrote in detail about the spice plantations and trading centers of the time, which he discovered as a navigator. It is thanks to him that the growth of the spice market between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries developed so rapidly.
The spice street and your discovery
Spices were as valuable as gold and gems in the fifteenth century. Their prices continued to rise to astronomical heights. The trade routes of spices oversees to India were firmly in Arab and Persian hands. There was only one way for Europeans to get the Indian gold. That was to find one’s own way across the sea to India and to destroy the monopoly position of Arab and Persian traders.
The largest and most important maritime nations at that time were Portugal and Spain. Each of these nations wanted their own navigators to discover the spice route to India first. Therefore, the Spaniards sent the now known sailor Christopher Columbus and the Portuguese sent Vasco da Gama. However, Christopher did not discover India, but instead came across America on his western route. Here he found chili and Jamaica pepper. Vasco da Gama managed to find the hotspot of spice in India. He reached Calicut, the southern tip of India, on May 20th, 1498 after a heavy ten-month journey. He traversed the Cape of Good Hope, along the East African coast to Malindi and then over to Calicut.
On September 9th, 1999, Vasco da Gama arrived back in Lisbon with many spice samples on board. His way home was much more arduous than his trip to India. He needed one and a half years for his trip back. Many heavy storms, around the Cape of Good Hope and famine, prolonged his journey. Because of his success, Portugal became the most powerful trading nation over the next 100 years. Spices were now bought cheaply directly in India and sold very expensively in Europe. Shortly thereafter, many of the spice plantations were in Portuguese possession.
In the 17th century, Portugal gradually lost its supremacy in the spice trade. Ultimately, in the 18th century, England supplanted colonial powers from other nations in India until they regained their independence on August 15th, 1947.
In the kitchen
Salt and pepper are part of the universal basic equipment of a cook of any national cuisine. When I was young, I must confess I did not have much knowledge about food, much less about cooking. But, it's like everything, you have to get to know it before you can use it.
Overall, the basic equipment of spices for one’s own spice rack is based on personal taste. Depending on which country cuisine you like to eat, you may also like to have the corresponding spices.
As another universal spice, there are different types of chili for the sharpness in the saucepan. For example, the chipotle chili has a beautiful fruity note, while a habanero is hellishly spicy. Furthermore you need bay leaves. These are used in many ways. For example, use them in cooking soups, stews, pickled cucumbers, béchamel sauce or ragout.
Also peppers: sweet, spicy and cayenne pepper are needed among others for stews and goulash.
Vanilla, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, allspice and star anise are not only important for the Christmas bakery, but also for jams and savory dishes. Then for Asian cooking add ginger, turmeric, curry madras, fenugreek and lemongrass.
Health from the spice cupboard
Spices are not only rooted in Indian cuisine, they have also been used in Europe since ancient times. For example, the Blaumohn was used by the Greeks to bake bread, fennel to flavor sauces, coriander to refine wine, and mint to spice up meat.
Today it is known that spices not only make the food taste delicious, but also that they help to make food more digestible. For example, cumin has been given to cabbage since grandmother times, so you can digest it more easily. Cumin stimulates the appetite. Furthermore, it stimulates the stomach to produce more stomach acid. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The vanilla pod with its beguiling fragrance not only seduces our senses. It calms our nerves and thereby reduces stress and bad mood. The cosmetics industry is taking advantage of the seductive fragrance of vanilla to make perfumes, lotions and creams.
New spices in 2017
This year, we offer you something new and tasty. New in our shop, we are offering: Red long pepper, baccumba berries and passion berries.
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Great recipes for cooking at: http://www.orlandosidee.de/rezepte/rezepte-orlandosidee.htm
More information about spices at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gewürz