Top 10 spices factsBotany quiz
Where is saffron crocus most abundant in the wild?
Nowhere. The saffron crocus is a triploid that is incapable of independent sexual reproduction — all propagation is via manual "divide-and-set" of a starter clone. It may have emerged via plant breeding in late Bronze-Age Crete.
Which plant is known as food of the gods, gave people fire, black dung and is used to make "Lebanese Viagra"?
Ferula is a genus of about 170 species of flowering plants. Asafoetida, the dried latex from the rhizome of Ferula it is also known as food of the gods or devil's dung. The ferula also shows up in mythological contexts; Prometheus smuggled fire to humanity by hiding it in a ferula as well. In the Middle East, the common name "Lebanese Viagra" refers to the traditional use of the roots of this plant as an alleged aphrodisiac.
What is fenugreek?
Plants. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, with leaves consisting of three small obovate to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop. Its seeds and leaves are common ingredients in dishes from South and Central Asia.
What is the name of that plant, which fruit and leaves are widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine?
Papeda. Mauritius papeda is a citrus fruit native to tropical Asia. Its rind and crushed leaves emit an intense citrus fragrance, and are used in many Southeast Asian cuisines such as Thai, Lao, Cambodian and Vietnamese. The plant is also used in perfumery, and in some countries in traditional medicine.
What is Baharat?
Spice mix. Bahārāt is a spice mixture or blend used in Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. Bahārāt is the Arabic word for 'spices'. The mixture of finely ground spices is often used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups and may be used as a condiment.
What is the common name of the Badian spice?
Anise. The Badian (llicium verum) is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, Chinese star anise, or badian that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarps of the fruit of I. verum which are harvested just before ripening.
Where did the name Maggi's spice come from?
Surname of the inventor of the spice. Maggi is an international brand of spices, instant soups and pasta, which were created in Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. The company was founded in Switzerland in 1884, when Julius Maggi took over the father's mill and developed a unique recipe for these spices. Maggi was acquired by Nestlé in 1947.