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Spice merchant On these pages, I present solid information on (currently) 117 different spice plants. Emphasis is on their usage in ethnic cuisines, particularly in Asia; furthermore, I discuss their history, chemical constituents, and the etymology of their names. Last but not least, there are numerous photos featuring the live plants or the dried spices.

To navigate through my site, use the search engine, browse the indices or go to the list of all spices.

I am on an extended journey that leads me through the Indian subcontinent. To learn more of my past travelling route, and to see some pictures from well-known and lesser knows places in India, open the contact page. Also, for those able to read German, I regularly publish updates to my travelogue which currently holds more than 70 entries about places in India and Nepal, and their food.



List of all spices:

Ajwain

Almond

Allspice

Anise

Annatto

Asa foetida

Basil

Bear’s Garlic

Black Cardamom

Black Cumin

Black Mustard

Blue Fenugreek

Boldo

Borage

Caper

Caraway

Cardamom

Cassia (Chinese Cinnamon)

Celery

Ceylon Cinnamon

Chameleon Plant

Chaste Tree

Chervil

Chile

Chive

Cicely

Clove

Coriander

Coconut

Cresses

Cubeb Pepper

Cumin

Curry leaf

Epazote

Dill

Fennel

Fenugreek

Fingerroot

Gale

Garlic

Ginger

Grains of Paradise

Greater Galangale

Horseradish

Hyssop

Indian Bay-leaf

Indonesian Cinnamon

Indonesian Bay-Leaf

Juniper

Kaffir Lime

Laurel

Lavender

Lemon

Lemon Balm

Lemon Grass

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Verbena

Lesser Galangale

Licorice

Lime

Long Coriander

Long Pepper

Lovage

Mahaleb cherry

Mango

Marjoram

Mexican Pepper-leaf

Mexican tarragon

Mugwort

Myrtle

Negro Pepper

Nigella

Nutmeg & Mace

Olive

Onion

Orange

Oregano

Pandanus flower

Pandanus leaf

Paprika

Paracress

Parsley

Pepper

Peppermint

Pepper Rosé

Perilla

Pomegranate

Poppy

Pumpkin

Rice paddy herb

Rocket

Rose

Rosemary

Rue

Safflower

Saffron

Sage

Sassafras

Savory

Sesame

Sichuan Pepper

Silphion

Southernwood

Star Anise

Sumac

Tamarind

Tarragon

Tasmanian Pepper

Thyme

Tonka bean

Turmeric

Vanilla

Vietnamese Cinnamon

Vietnamese coriander

Wasabi

Water pepper

White Mustard

Zedoary



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Indices:
English Index
lists English synonyms and botanical names
Alphabetic Index
More than 10000 names in about 80 different languages (really large file)
Languages can be enabled and disabled by a flexible selection form.
More foreign language indices
16 additional indices according to the writing system used
Multilingual:
Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Indic, Chinese/Japanese, Thai/Lao
Monolingual:
Amharic, Georgian, Armenian, Tibetan, Dhivehi, Korean, Japanese, Manipuri, Vietnamese
Geographic Index
according to country of origin or main usage area
Morphologic Index
plant part used for cooking
Botanic Index
plants arranged in systematic botanic order
Spice Mixture Index
quick key to main ingredients to about 20 traditional spice mixtures
Other Texts:
Overview
Traditional welcome message, copyright, disclaimer, ...
Please read the note on copyright!
Introduction
Some information and ideas on various topics related to spices
Literature
Lots of books (mostly German, I apologize)
WEB-Pointers
Some links referring to spices and cooking
Spice Sources
Where to get unusual herbs and spices (applies mostly to readers in Europe and the USA)
List of Pictures
Technical and copyright issues with my pictures
Other Texts:
Overview
Traditional welcome message, copyright, disclaimer, ...
Please read the note on copyright!
Introduction
Some information and ideas on various topics related to spices
Literature
Lots of books (mostly German, I apologize)
WEB-Pointers
Some links referring to spices and cooking
Spice Sources
Where to get unusual herbs and spices (applies mostly to readers in Europe and the USA)
List of Pictures
Technical and copyright issues with my pictures

A German version of this site is also available.

Es gibt auch eine deutsche Version dieses Sites.



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