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January 18, 2012


Very interesting indeed! Isn't it amazing also how far the spices travelled from their origins and how they became adopted by so many other cultures in the west. I grew up with cardamom ('kardemumma') in Finnish 'pulla', a coffeebread that was part of our daily diet. I've since fallen in love also with Afghan cardamom tea.

I was looking up sesame the other day ('cos I was eating a Korean dish with sesame oil and sesame seeds) and the etymology is fascinating, tracking its provenance down the ages.

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