Spices Around the World


After the dark ages, around the tenth century, new spices from the Arab world were incorporated. And in the seventeenth & eighteenth century the refined and aromatic preparations that would eventually form the basis of today’s bottled gastronomy began to appear (mayonnaise, tomato & mushroom sauces, tartar sauce. I will share on these posts some worldwide spice combinations you will surely like to try after you read this. Enjoy!

Fines Herbes: France- Finely chopped or dried chervil, chives, parsley & tarragon.
Apple Pie Spice: the British Isles- A blend of ground sweet baking spices, including nutmeg or mace, cloves, cinnamon, & allspice.
Catsup, tomato: British Isles- Developed from Italian & French tomato sauces, but with the addition of sugar, vinegar, salt & spices. A leading condiment of the Western world.
Zaatar: Syria & Iran- A mixture of sumac & thyme, sprinkled over savory dishes & salads.
Five Spice Powder: China- A ground Chinese mixture of star anise, anise pepper, fennel seed, cloves, & cinnamon.
Miso: Japan- A fermented, red bean paste, the base of many Japanese broths & soups.
Chili Powder: Mexico- A commercial ground mixture of several strains of dried chilies. A prime ingredient in Tex-Mex dishes.
Jerk Seasoning: Jamaica- A Combination of allspice. dried chilies, pimentos & bay leaves. Rubbed onto meats.
 -The Gourmet Atlas-

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