This week, spices. Again there are so many to choose from. Each one of the spices below could of had a whole page devoted to them.
Despite being synonymous with blandness, vanilla is one of the most complex spices in the world and the second most expensive, next to Saffron.
To glean 1 pound (450 g) of dry saffron requires the harvest of up to 75,000 flowers and 20 hours of labor.
Nutmeg was once so exotic that the Dutch traded the entire island of Manhattan to the British for the islands that grew nutmeg.
Allspice isn’t a combination of multiple spices. It’s a dry berry from parts of Northern Latin America and the Caribbean. English explorers named it allspice because its aroma has suggestive notes of cinnamon, cloves, and other recognisable spices.