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The spices of Kerala, India date back to thousands of years in the history of the state. In ancient times, Kerala rose to fame all around the world solely based on the riches brought into the state, because of its monopoly over spices.
Musiri, the ancient port of Kerala became the base of the world spice trade, almost ages ago. It is sometimes said the Western colonization in India, was the attempt of the West to control the spice trade from the state. The arrival of Vasco Da Gama in India and its spice trade was the result of the same.
In the last 10 years, international spice trade has grown to around 500,000 tonnes of spices and also of herbs of over 1500 million US dollars. It is no exaggeration that a major chunk of this trade is still from Kerala. Nowadays the demand for organic spices online has nearly doubled. Buy best quality spices online from Kerala with biospicecart.
Some of the most popular spices of Kerala are:
Pepper: Kerala is famed for the production and export of this one of the most sought-after spices, Pepper, which is also known as the ‘King of Spices’. Today used all around the world, probably it is one of the earliest known spices. Pepper of Kerala reached Europe through the Arab traders. Europe saw great potential in pepper, and it brought trader, wars and the colonial rule to India. This spice is grown in both lowlands and high ranges of the state. It is also used for its amazing medicinal properties.
Cardamom: One of the most highly prized spices, Cardamom is as old as human civilization. This, ‘Queen of Spices’, is grown on slopes of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. The cultivation of cardamom started in the southern region of India in ancient times. The best variety of cardamom is found in India with amazing cultivation, processing techniques, and aroma.
Cloves: An important part of the early spice trade, clove is believed to be indigenous to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. In Kerala, cloves are grown in the Kottayam, Trivandrum, Kozhikode and Kollam districts. It was the East India Company who introduced the cultivation of cloves in 1800 AD in Tamil Nadu. Clove is a flavoring agent and is also popular as a local anesthetic for toothaches.
Cinnamon: An important ingredient of the spicy Kerala cuisine, Cinnamon is extensively grown in one or two locations in the state but mainly originated in Sri Lanka. This spice is light brown and is also milder in flavor in comparison to other spices. Cinnamon has high in antioxidant activity and along with being used in food, it also has medicinal properties.
Ginger: Ginger can rightly be called the most important spices, which is also valued the most. This spice is used in several cuisines in the world. It is widely grown in Kerala. Ginger is used extensively in many dishes, pickles, and fresh juices. It is also used in cakes, biscuits, and cookies for flavoring purposes. Ginger also has medicinal uses.
Turmeric: It is not only a spice that is used in cooking but it is also a cleanser for the human body. The turmeric plant is mainly used in the dried or powdered form. This spice is vastly used in Middle-Eastern and Asian delicacies and other spicy curries. Turmeric is also used to add color in fruit drinks, cheese, and butter. It is also used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines.
Nutmeg: The spice of nutmeg is the seed of Myristica fragrans, which is popular for being an evergreen tree that produces both mace and nutmeg. This spice also finds a mention in the Vedic literature of India. Nutmeg is also grown in the south Indian state of Kerala. This mild baking spice adds both flavor and aroma to cakes, muffins, sweetbreads, fruit pies, cookies, meats, soups, puddings, and sausages. With biospicecart which is one of the online spices supermarkets you can buy best quality Indian spices online and get it delivered to your home.
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