Article 2 – The Spice’s History In India

by / Friday, 24 August 2018 / Published in Intact Corner

The spice trade developed throughout south Asia and Middle East by at earliest 2000BCE with cinnamon and black pepper, and in East Asia with herbs and pepper. The word spice comes from the old French word ‘espice’, which became ‘epice’ and which came from the Latin root spec. European explorers such as vasco-da-gama and Ferdinand Magellan began their long sea voyages to discover a sea route to the sources of spices. Historians believe that nutmeg, which originates from the Banda islands in Southeast Asia, was introduced to Europe in the 6th century BCE.Indonesia merchants traveled around china, India, the Middle East and the east coast of Africa. Roman trade with India was extensive for more than three centuries and then began to decline, reviving somewhat in the 5th century, but declined again on 6th .the Arabian held on the spice trade after much struggle. India is the largest producer in some spices such as ginger, turmeric, chili, pepper and cumin. Ayurveda believed that spices, with their medical qualities, could infuse health into the diet. For centuries, social system of medicine was closely to the culinary culture of ancient India. Today, the world of spices keeps reinventing itself and fuelling the economies of the world.

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Lovedale Central School, Belgaum