Life-threatening, more precious than precious metals, the fruits of the most beautiful plants in the world … Your meals daily enrich the different spices and flavorings, which are much more interesting than you can imagine.
Vanilla – the queen of spices
The rich aroma, irresistible smell and look interesting are some of the characteristics of the spices used for the most popular sweet delicacies in the world. Vanilla beans from which it allocates characteristic aromatic mass of the fruits of the orchid Vanilla planifolia and related species. Sounds strange, but one of the most delicate and the most beautiful plants in the world gives this important green beans and is the only family member who has Orchideaceae edible fruit.
Beautiful flower lasts only one day, and his place is developing pods that are harvested by hand and dry four to six months. After saffron, vanilla is the most expensive spice in the world, which led to a large representation of synthetic flavorings used in 98 percent of the products on the market.
Cinnamon – a medicine from nature
Cinnamon is one of the most common spices in the preparation of different desserts, but most of those who use it do not know that this fragrant spice obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum verum and related species. Therefore, cinnamon sticks have a distinctive shape, because it actually sticks srolani hard crust.
One of the oldest known spices, even mentioned in the Bible and in ancient Egypt was worth more than gold. In addition to the rich flavor, cinnamon is characterized by a number of health benefits, which is why earlier abundantly used in folk medicine.
Saffron – spice is worth more than gold
Saffron is obtained from the flower of Crocus sativus species, plants that often you can see the gardens in early spring. It represents the most expensive spice in the world, as one kilogram costs more than the same quantity of gold. However, this spice interesting looks and vibrant colors can actually be lethal. A dose of only 10 grams (4.3 tablespoons) can kill an adult.
The high price of saffron is caused by Toškov production. In order to obtain 450 g of spices is necessary to collect 75,000 flowers of this plant, which requires 20 hours of work.
Nutmeg – exotic spice, medicine and aphrodisiac
This spice characteristic smell and taste represents the seed of the fruit tree Myristica fragrans. It is prized since ancient times and in lower doses used in both sweet and savory dishes, but in larger doses can cause hallucinations and paranoia. It used this spice was so exotic that the Dutch gave the whole island of Manhattan to the British for one of the island where he grew nutmeg. Addition of exotic spices in the morning coffee to help you wake up and with great flavor.
Biber – colorful grain health
Pepper is used for flavoring food for more than 4,000 years ago. Although in our kitchen the most commonly used black, there are other kinds that are very numerous – white, red and green. Peppercorns are obtained from the fruit of woody evergreen vine in the family Piperaceae. Mills used for grinding the spices are not just a matter of fashion, they are used as pepper quickly loses flavor, it is necessary to pound just before meals.
Today, almost every ingredient pepper salty dishes, or used to be very costly. When the king of the Visigoths conquered and devastated Rome at the beginning of the 5th century, sought by the Romans 1,500 pounds of pepper as ransom. Singapore is often called the world capital of pepper.