India has a longstanding relationship with spices. So much so that many other countries know us by the popularity of our spices. And that is for a good reason. Our spices deserve that recognition, after all. Thanks to them, the Indian cuisine is full of such mouth-watering dishes and known to the world for its aroma, flavour, and colourfulness.
However, how much do we Indians, know of our own spices? Not much, obviously. Do not feel ashamed, though. We at Ramagya Fresh are here to help. With the mission to make our spices even more popular and well-known, we have come up with the idea of this blog.
In it, we are going to tell you about ten interesting facts about Indian spices. So, what is the wait for? Without wasting any more time, let us dive right in.
10 Interesting Facts about Indian Spices:
- Did you know how the outside world found India? It is through spices. When Vasco Da Gama was sailing on the ocean in 1492, he saw pirates importing spices from India to Portugal. That is how he discovered India.
- Let’s spend some more time in the older days, shall we? In the 4th century BC, black pepper was one of the most valuable spices in the world. It went to such an extent that spice was literally called ‘Black Gold.’ Fascinating, right?
- Talking of gold, do you know the most expensive spice in the world is more costly than even gold? Yes, as much as it sounds unrealistic, it is the truth. The spice is saffron. It is in Kashmir where saffron is produced in the highest amount.
- Cardamom has two types – the usual green one and the black one. The green cardamom is well-known for its taste that is quite similar to that of eucalyptus. At the same time, the black one is famous for its smokiness and spiciness.
- One of the most popular Indian spices, cinnamon, keeps the blood pressure in control. In addition to that, it also prevents cancer.
- Even before it is being put into our foods as a spice, turmeric has been in use for its antiseptic qualities.
- One of the most commonly used spices, red chilli powder, is not an Indian spice in the first place? Yes, that is true. The spice comes from South America, and it was the Portuguese who made us familiar with it.
- Nigella seeds are one of the five components of the spice mixture, Paanch Phoran, which is predominantly used in Eastern India, especially in Bengali households. The spice contains many medicinal qualities.
- In many places in India, people use coriander as a replacement to salt. Did not see that coming, did you?
- India produces 70% of the spice production in the world. Therefore, we can safely say that no matter where a person lives, he or she probably has a spice sitting in their home that was produced in India.
- There was a time in history when Indian farmers communicated with and sold their spices directly to Americans. It was a common phenomenon in the 18th
- When the Spice Route was live, many Indian merchants travelled to countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia and introduced our spices to them. This is why a lot of South-East Asian dishes taste similar.
- Always check the colour of saffron before you buy it. Its quality is based on its colour. The deeper-coloured saffron have a better quality.
- Cardamom has exothermic abilities. The spice makes the body warm. It also builds up the immunity.
- Let us conclude by stating this interesting fact – there was a time when a sack of peppercorn was valued equal to a human life.
So this was it for today. We hope you had fun reading this article and it helped you know our own spices a little better. We will be coming back with another exciting blog soon. Till then, stay happy and safe.