Herbs and spices are the essence of cuisine
Herbs and spices have been in great demand since ancient times. In the Middle Ages, spices were of so much value that anyone who owned these valuable treasures had to defend their herbs and spices with swords and canons. That’s how Venice, for example, solidified its position in the European spice trade by engaging in war with Genoa and Pisa.
These ‘exotic’ gems made their way to Medieval Europe through the so-called ‘Spice Route’, a sea route which was used for travel from Europe to India and the spice islands of the Indochina Peninsula, the Maluku Islands, from the end of the 15th century to the beginning of the 16th century. Spices, such as pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon reached us from there. Myrrh and frankincense also made their way to Europe this way. Curry, ginger and saffron – they were all priceless in value. Many of these spices were not only used for seasoning food, but also as preservatives and a basis for medicines.
Even today, the ‘healing’ properties of certain herbs and spices is beyond dispute. They contain nutrients such as fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins and minerals and a variety of so-called ‘phytochemicals’. For example, they can help protect against bacteria and fungi; some are used for their calming or even pain-relieving effect. Sage, for example, can works wonders against toothaches or a sore mouth and throat when used as a tea or rinse.
The right spices give food a distinctive aroma and they can also make food healthier, lighter and easier to digest when the ‘right’ selection is used. Take for example the addition of mugwort to a roast goose or caraway to an onion tart. Paprika on the other hand aids digestion and stimulates metabolism.
As one old proverb says: "A good cook is also a good doctor".
There’s no need to always have the ‘right’ spices around. Every kitchen should however be equipped with a basic supply of spices to add just the right amount of flavour to dishes.
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