If you need information about a specific spice
or herb, go to our companion webpage entitled
Herbs & Spices to find lots more
websites - - too many to fit onto this
- Easier - Spices
are seasonings for food that come from the bark,
buds, fruit or flower parts, roots, seeds or stems
of various aromatic plants and trees.
- Harder - According
to the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA),
spices are 'any dried plant product used primarily
for seasoning purposes.' This definition covers a
wide range of plant and plant parts: tropical
aromatics, leafy herbs, spice seeds, roots,
dehydrated vegetables, and spice blends.
- At one time only tropical aromatics like
pepper, cinnamon, and cloves were considered a
spice. The leaves and seeds of temperate-zone
plants like basil and oregano were known as herbs.
Today this classification has shifted somewhat,
even though still used in some circles. The term
spice now generally includes a whole range of
elements: spices, herbs, blends and dehydrated
- Legally the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
still considers dehydrated vegetables as separate
and distinct from spices; they require such
seasonings to be labeled differently than spices.
Spices used for coloring like paprika and saffron
are also labeled separately or as a 'spice
coloring.' The U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) follows similar rules as the FDA. Spice
colorings and mustard must be labeled separate from
spices, onion and garlic are listed as flavors, and
all other dehydrated vegetables are labeled
separately by name.
of the Spice Trade from the American
Spice Trade Association (ASTA)
- Here is a history of the spice trade from the
organization that serves and leads the spice
- Related Websites:
- 2) Age of Discovery
- 3) Exploring the World of Spices by W.W. Weaver
for the Saturday Evening Post
- 4) History of Spices http://www.ducros.fr/FRPGPROM/FRCUISIN/FRPRODUI/PGFRRTEP/body_pgfrrtep
- 5) Influence of Spice Trade on the Age of
Discovery by P. Strassman
- 6) Lure of Spices from the Encyclopedia and
Culture Guide of Indonesia
- 7) Spice History from Chef Ron http://www.chefron.com/NewsDetail.cfm?ArticleID=90
- 8) Spice History from McCormick
- 9) Spice Trade from Stefan's Florilegium
- 10) Spice Trade and History of Spices at One
- 11) Spice Trade, A Taste of Adventure http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/spicetrd.html
- 12) Spice Trade: Origin at Kasum Spices
- 13) Spice Trade: Transition at Kasum
- 14) Spice Trade: Today at Kasum Spices
- This website includes the spice pages, spice
trade, and related articles.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Glossary of Herbs and Spices from Yankee
- 3) Herbs and Spices from NetCooks
- 4) Spice Encyclopedia from McCormick
- 5) Spice Facts from the Spice
- 6) Spices & Herbs at Culinary
& Spices Information and Recipes at
- Here is a large collection of articles and
links about herbs and spices. Don't miss the second
webpage- part 2.
- Other Related Webpages at
- 2) Spices and Seasonings - Southeast Asia
- This comprehensive site for information
includes the history of spices, a spice
encyclopedia, recipes, spice usage tips, and
- Not To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) Sugar and Spice Kids Section http://www.spiceadvice.com/childrens/index.html
- After visiting several of the
websites, complete one or more of the
- Test Your Knowledge of Spices.
See if you can answer the questions at
Trivia from the American Spice Trade
- Complete a Spices WebQuest.
Adapt or follow the procedures found at
the following webQuest sites:
- 1) Join the Spice Trade (Grade 8)
- 2) Spice of Life http://wwwbir.bham.wednet.edu/class/hinshaw/EXPLORE/SPICES.HTM
- 3) Spice Up Your Life! by A.B. Lublin
- Map the Spice World. Start with
a world map. Identify the countries where
particular spices were first found. Then
show the major locations where that same
spice is cultivated today. Do this for the
major spices of today's world market. You
could make your 'Spice Map' more visual by
incorporating pictures of the spice plant
or actual samples. Consider including the
historic trade routes, both overland and
by sea. What are today's the growing
- Campaign for Your Favorite
Spice. Decide on your favorite spice.
Then research to learn about its source,
cultivation, properties - - everything
that you can about the spice. Include
history and trade information. Now,
convince others that it should be elected
'Spice of the Year.' Create a poster
promoting your choice.
- Create A Spice Museum
Collection. Collect samples of many
different spices. Combine the samples with
descriptions of each. Include pictures,
graphs, and maps where appropriate.
Display your 'Spice Museum.'
- Construct A Spice History
Timeline. The history of the spice
trade is linked with exploration and world
history. Create your own timeline that
highlights the important dates, events,
and people connected to the spice
- More Herb and Spice Websites
Spice Trade and Spread of Islam
- This academic paper on a case study examines
the role that the spice routes and spice trading
had in the spread of the religion of Islam.
Asked Questions about Spices
- This posting answers commonly asked questions
about Spices: their nature, use, and storage.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Ask Chilli Willie http://www.curryhouse.co.uk/cw/ask.htm
- 3) Curry House FAQ http://www.curryhouse.co.uk/faq/spices.htm
- 4) Flavouring the World. The FAQ about
- 5) Kitchen Spice Substitution Chart from
- 6) Spice Trade - Interesting Facts http://www.knet.co.za/nutmeg/spice_trade.htm
- 7) Spices http://www.essortment.com/in/Food.Spices/
to Use Spices by J. Walker from Cooking
- This article has several recommendations for
cooking with herbs and spices.
- Related Articles:
- 2) Spice of Life http://www.azcentral.com/home/food/cooking101/lesson1-5.shtml
- 3) Herbs and Spices from the Virginia
Spices from the Spices Board of
- Here you can learn about the long history and
current state of the spice trade in India.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) History of the Spice Trade in India
- 3) History, Adventure Lurk in Your Spice Rack
by K. Eddy, Knight Ridder Newspapers
- 4) History of Spices is the History of Trade
(Kerala, India, & Molucca Islands,
- 5) Lanka Spice Limited (Sri Lanka) http://www.agro-lanka.org/MCCURRIE/Intro.html
- 6) Portuguese and the Spice Trade from the
- 7) Spice of Life http://www.feer.com/1999/9908_19/p46inreview.html
- 8) Spice Trade (Sri Lanka) http://www.adamexpo.net/spice/trade.html
- 9) Spices and the Spice Islands http://www.duyfken.com/original/spice-islands.html
- 10) Spices of the Middle East http://www.fareshare.net/spice-history.html
- 11) Taste of Adventure from the
- 12) Vietnam Sniffs Out Niche in Spice Trade
from Asia Times
- This sea route was originally used by Arab and
- Another Spice Map:
- 2) Spice Trade Route (Marco Polo) http://www.mariner.org/age/images/mpolo.gif
and the History of the Spice Trade by K.
- Here is an online paper on the history of
- Other Online Spice Articles:
- 2) Capsicums from the Culinary
- 3) Chutney Cha Cha And Salsa Dancing by C.
Chickering from the Culinary Connection
- 4) Curious About Curry by T. Gelber
- 5) Designing for the Hispanic Market by S.R.
Uhl from the Culinary Connection
- 6) Fire and Spice by S.R. Uhl from the
- 7) Galore Spices by M. Belge from
- 8) Masala Masters by D.A. Welland
- 9) Seasoning Meats by L. Brandt from the
- 10) Secret World of Spices by R.C. Deis from
the Culinary Connection
- 11) Southwest Cuisine is Hot, Hot, Hot by R.
Sierengowski from the Culinary Connection
- 12) Spice Extractives from the Culinary
- 13) Spice Use and Technology Expand by A.P.
Wilkes from the Culinary Connection
- 14) Tasty Solutions for Marinades by P. Frank
from the Culinary Connection
- 15) Turning up the Heat by N.C. Rodriguez from
the Culinary Connection
- 16) Zing Is the Thing by S.R. Uhl from the
Culinary Connection http://www.foodproductdesign.com/archive/1997/0797AP.html
- Websites For Teachers
With Trade by M.F. Higuchi (Grades
- This lesson introduces students to the European
spice trade and exploration.
of Life (Grade 5)
- This lesson plan involves the student in
learning about the impact the spice trade had on
Trade (Grades 6-9)
- In this Mini-Quest, the student will learn how
the demand for spices has caused many events in
'king of spices'
- Created by