In the 19th century it was extremely popular to keep a shaker of ginger
on the counter of pubs in Britain so that patrons could shake some into
their drinks. That is how famous ginger ale originated.
Cardamom is an inportant ingredient used to make Arabic coffee. Added
to ground coffee before brewing, it gives a tempting sweet flavor to
In Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden, cardamom is as popular as
cinnamon in America. It is traditionally added to breads and pastries.
This highly fragrant spice, grown mostly in Indonesia, has been used
for thousands of years. It is believed that the chinese had to put a few
cloves in their mouth to sweeten their breaths if they wanted to
approach the Emperor. Nowadays most of the crops are used to produce clove
Coriander is known as one of the first spices used by mankind. It has
references in Sanskrit (1500 BC) and the Old Testament. Nowadays its use
is very diverse, from Indian curries and gin to American cigarettes and
Marjoram is a delicate sweet spice with a slightly bitter undertone.
Ancient Greeks and Romans considered it to be a symbol of happiness. It
was believed that if marjoram grew on the grave of a dead person, he
would enjoy eternal bliss. Nowadays it is used as a flavouring to meat
Thanks to one of our assistant editors- Inna Spinakove for her assistance with this information..