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The spices
spices in bulk

sac epicesAccording to archaeological research conducted in the Middle East, the first spice used in ancient times was the caraway. Its use dates back to 3000 BC. Historically, the existence of spices that is mentioned from Herodotus, circa 500 BC. The early Greek texts do not mention that cinnamon and its cousin the "break" also known as cassia. And they seem to ignore all the other spices used in the East. And yet we know that Babylon is already cultivated cardamom. Following cinnamon, pepper spice is the second documented in the Mediterranean world. It was not until the early decades of the Christian era to be identified ginger, cloves, nutmeg, mace, and sugar. Until the Middle Ages, spices, mysterious substances come from who knows where, were allegedly from paradise.

From the beginning, the use of spice is, both, culinary and therapeutic. In Egypt, Persia, and in the Greek and Roman world, the flavor, and it heals with caraway, cumin, saffron, sumac, fennel, mustard, asafoetida, as well the mysterious silphium which is still unknown nature but also with the botanical gin and aniseed, sesame and dill. Even more than in the West, this dual-use is obviously shared by the Far East, homeland of the ancient spice, China and India in particular. In addition to the varieties mentioned above, turmeric, cardamom, pepper Szetchuan, star anise and galangal admitted the double prescription.

You can find all these spices in your cooking classes in our premises.


source : l'abécédaire des épices éditions Flammarion

some definitions
Liste des epices et aromates