The test for the erudite: guess the spice on the plant


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People tend to take for granted what has become commonplace. Few people think about the ways of producing habitual things. Meanwhile, spices went a long and not easy way before you get into your dish.

For the ancients, many of our usual seasonings were an unaffordable luxury.Driedseeds andcrushedthe roots of overseas plants were valued above gold. Mining methodsfragrantpowders, collection sites and transportation routes were kept in strict confidence. To discourage the curious, merchants composed horror stories about poisonous snakes, giant birds and monsters guarding the cherished plants.

Real threats existed on a par with myths. Caravans and merchant ships were in great danger on the way to their destination. Weather conditions and roads, threats of robber attacks, worries about the safety of the goods - all this took a lot of money and effort from suppliers.But all the difficulties were worth the result. The value of the strands was as good as precious stones, even the monarchs favorably accepted such offerings. Not surprisingly, there were craftsmen who forged spices.

Times have changed. Today, information is available to anyone who wishes, but experts are still few.