October 24, 2016

Turmeric a Well-Travelled Spice with Life-Giving Properties

Turmeric a Well-Travelled Spice with Life-Giving Properties

Sally Harris is a freelance writer – after a long career in travel and hospitality she turned her hand back to her first love of writing once she became a parent. She loves to inspire and educate with her written work. Nutmeg was thrilled when Sally asked if she could write a guest post for Ginger and Nutmeg on a spicy theme. What follows is Sally’s informative article on Turmeric a spice revered for its clear culinary purpose, but also for the promising potential healing properties. Turmeric. It turns your fingers orange and puts the finishing touches to your tikka masala. According to some, it also cures your arthritis (among other things) while it’s at it. Once upon a time, turmeric was almost worth its weight in gold, transported along the spice roads with jewels and luxuries almost comparable to it in value. Since then, it’s lost a lot of its power to entrance us, but new claims about its health-giving powers have renewed our interest in this fascinating space. What Is Turmeric? (more…)

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November 9, 2015

The Peppercorn Reference List

The Peppercorn Reference List

Celebrity chefs flaunt their talents with teetering food towers, seared this and that, and sous vide experimentation, but they still rely heavily on spices to perfect the flavours. Ubiquitous today, as the world’s most traded spice, the black peppercorn was once highly sought after for both its flavour and medicinal qualities. As Romans increased use of pepper in their cooking, savvy Spice Route merchants commanded gold and silver coins in exchange for the seasoning. This was not unreasonable as peppercorns had to travel long distances from Southeast Asia – parts of India and Java. (more…)

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