One of the most influential of all the spices is sugar, known to be a high-end specialty spice of Asia and the Middle East. It not only had a colossal impact on our diets but also was the initiation point in the evolution of large European fleets of trade in the early Renaissance period.
Evidence suggests that sugar cane first expanded in South East Asia. This was found out through plant remnants and DNA. The first chemically refined sugar was first produced in India about 2,500 years ago. From then onwards, the technique spread to China, Persia, and the Middle East, eventually getting to the Mediterranean in the 13 the century. During that time Cyprus and Sicily became the centers of sugar production. During the Middle Ages, sugar was considered an expensive commodity which could only be afforded...
Salt is a mineral compound that is composed of 40% sodium and 60% chloride. The salt that we eat is normally called table salt that actually belongs to a family of salts which are ionic compounds.
Salt in its natural state is a crystalline mineral known as rock salt. It is present in vast quantities in seawater of which it is the main mineral constituent. Salt is one of the oldest and most omnipresent food seasonings and it is very important for food preservation. It has been known to be present since the existence of water and rock that create the mineral.
Salt has a history of billions of years which grows richer as time progresses.
Salt processing has been thought to date back to 8000 years ago, when people living in the area what is now called Romania, would boil spring water for salt. In fact, s...
Grapes are fruits that come in many varieties and are used in a wide range of popular foods such as jams, jellies and wine. Grapes are highly packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The phytonutrient resveratrol present in grapes is believed to be good for the heart.
The two main types of grapes are white and red grapes under which more categories tend to branch out:
Rice is one of the world’s most important food crops. Rice is the chief food item for about half the world’s population mainly in Asia, Africa and central and South America. Leading rice-growing countries today are China, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Rice is also grown and consumed in most other parts of the world including Australia, Europe and North America.
Evidence shows that rice was domesticated about 8,200–13,500 years ago in the Pearl River valley and the Yangtze River valley regions of Ancient China. Rice cultivation expanded into Southeast Asia, India and Nepal about 3000 BC.
Rice terraces carved into the mountains 2000 years ago are still used today in the Ifugao province of Filippines to grow rice. The terraces are irrigated by an ancient irrigation system using the water from the ra...
Amita Vadlamudi is a long time computer professional. In her spare time Amita Vadlamudi likes to read, research and write about various subjects including food and nutrition.
If the taste is not judged by the price, peanuts may be the best tasting nuts. Fortunately they are the least expensive nuts. And peanuts are ubiquitous, especially in the United States. Technically, peanuts are not nuts. They are in fact a kind of peas that grow underground. However, they feel and taste much like nuts and they are indeed treated as nuts.
Although a few people are allergic to peanuts, for most American children peanuts are the staple food. Without peanuts, there will be no peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, reeses peanut butter cups and snickers bars. Peanuts are more popular than chocolate. There...
Apples make one of the best carry-on snacks while outdoors, especially on hikes. They not only curb your hunger and boost your energy, they quench your thirst at the same time.
There are many varieties of apples in the market – red delicious, golden delicious, McIntosh, Fuji, granny smith, gala and many more. It does not matter what variety of apples you choose; it is just the matter of taste. All apples have just about the same nutritional value. An average apple has about 80 calories. It has good amount of fiber and vitamin C. It is good in antioxidants. Apples also have low glycemic index, which provides for constant and even supply of energy while helping avoid sudden blood sugar highs and lows.
Apples are easy to carry. Just wash and slice them and store them in a ziplock bag or a small...