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Turn Up the Heat: Worldwide History of Spice [Infographic]

They say that money makes the world go round. While that might just be true today, centuries ago, spices made the world go round. Spices used to be worth so much that people set about to conquer new territories in search for these flavor enhancers. Today, basic spices may not fetch so much in the market (although saffron will still cost you an arm and two legs), but they are used just as much in kitchens around the world.

So how much do you know about your spices? Take a look at the infographic we’ve prepared to help you become more than acquaintances with your spice rack.

Don’t you just love the Scoville Scale, which ranks peppers from all over the world depending on their spiciness (piquance, if you want to be technical)? And the winner is…Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper. With a name like that, I wouldn’t be surprised! But whether you like your food mildly spiced, or you want smoke coming out of your ears, there is a spice that will match your preferences perfectly.


  1. SheldonCooper says:

    Where in the map that says “South Asia” should says “Southeast Asia” instead, to be geographically precise.

  2. Jack says:

    In the timeline, the “0 AD” should be “1 CE” or “1 AD” (there isn’t a year zero in this calendar: 1 BCE is followed by 1 CE). The “BC”s in “1000 BC” and “2000 BC” to the right of it should be “CE”s or “AD”s.

    I can’t make out what’s written in the circles to the right of “From Bland to Hot!”.

    See also Randy Krum’s suggestions at

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