Do you want to learn more about spices? Here are some interesting facts!
- Kardamom is used in curries, cakes and especially in cookies during Christmas time. It originates from India and is one of the oldest and most widespread exotic aromatic substances.
- Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and was allegedly used as early as 3000 B.C. The thinner the cinnamon bark, the finer the aroma. Cinnamon stimulates the metabolism and has a purifying and immunizing effect. In addition, it lowers blood lipid and blood sugar levels.
- Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. To preserve the aroma, the threads should not be ground and only cooked at the end. Saffron of the best quality has a deep red color and a honey-like aroma with a delicate but musky and earthy taste.
- Curry is a spice mixture and consists of at least five spices, but can also have up to 32. Curry mixtures have many positive aspects, they are stomach-friendly, lower the blood sugar level and the cholesterol value and additionally they strengthen heart and circulation.
- Cloves are for many people the perfect embodiment of a delicious Christmas meal. The intense smell created by the essential oils in cloves can also serve as a room fragrance. Among other things, cloves help against toothache. If you take a clove between your teeth, the numbing effect sets in quickly.
- Vanilla is after saffron the most expensive spice in the world. One tablespoon of vanilla extract has 37 calories, a large portion of which comes from sugars and alcohol. In some cultures, vanilla is said to stimulate sexual propensities.
- Nutmeg has a mood-lifting effect and may have psychoactive effects if it is consumed in amounts exceeding its typical use as a spice (which is not advisable!).
- Chilli is anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving and triggers the release of the body’s own endorphins. Chillies do not only warm thus, but make even happy. The degree of sharpness varies from variety to variety.
- Pepper and turmeric, the two main ingredients of curry, are said to be effective against malaria.
What is your favourite spice and what do you need it for? Let me know in the comments.