Indian spices have been recognized and accredited worldwide for their rich taste, soulful flavour, and immense health and wellness benefits. Indian cuisine and recipes are known for subtle to the generous use of a variety of Indian spices and each dish tastes different as the spices vary widely. But there is a host of some very interesting, and lesser-known facts about Indian spices, which we bet you don’t know about. Take a look.
India is known to be the largest producer, consumer, and exporter of spices in the world. In the year 2016-17, approximately 947,790.00 tons of Indian spices and spice products worth Rs. 17,664.61 crore, equivalent to $ 2633.30 Million, were exported from the country. It is also the leading export of spices for ground-breaking products such as spice flavoured oils, bathing bars, fragrances, and chocolates.
Saffron is not only the costliest Indian spices but also in the world. Grown in Kashmir Valley, the original saffron is more expensive than gold and was brought to India by the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Arabic traders. Yes! You read it right. The purity of saffron is evaluated by its color, and the deeper the color of the strands, the purer and more fruitful is the variety.
Amongst all the Indian spices, cardamom is also one of the costliest ones. It is expensive as the spice is hand-harvested, and its cultivation requires a lot of manual labour. Originally grown in the Malabar coast, presently Cardamom is now harvested in other parts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. There are two varieties of cardamom; namely black and green. The green variant has a mild eucalyptus taste while the black one is spicy and gives out a smoky flavour.
Black Pepper has immense medicinal value and is primarily used to heal diarrhoea, cough and cold, skin infections, and fever. When the authentic black pepper sourced from any ISO certified Indian spices exporter, is mixed with honey, black peppercorns help to reduce weight, control sinus, and throat infection. Black Pepper is generally used in Middle-Eastern and North African countries. Black Pepper is used in all kinds of global cuisine. These are all interesting yet known facts about peppercorns but do you know that Black Peppercorns were the most expensive of all spices and were counted like coins separately? Back in the days, black pepper was known as Black Gold, and a sack of black peppercorns was appreciated equivalent or more than the value of human life.
Mustard seeds are one of the common spices used in every Indian household. Primarily used for tempering, the mustard paste is used in a variety of East Indian recipes. But we don’t know probably, and the fact that mesmerizes us mustard seeds is a powerhouse of Vitamin B and used to heal arthritic pain, rheumatoid and muscle ache.
Turmeric is used to control Alzheimer’s disease, and asafoetida is known to be a therapeutic item to cure menstrual cramps and pain. Nutmeg or Jaiphal is an enriching Indian spice, which has a Mughal origin. The spice has a strong aroma, and it is the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree/ Not only the seed, but the tree also gives nutmeg essential oil and nutmeg butter.