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Kerala Spices

The relationship of spices and the history of Kerala dates more than thousands years back in the past. Kerala was a world renowned place for exotic spices and held monopoly for the same. References of traders coming from around the world with gold and diamonds to buy spices from Kerala can be found in many books.

The centre spot of all spices trade can be attributed to the historic port of Muziris in Kerala. Though Kerala has lost its might and monopoly, it still caters to the spice requirements of the world. Spices still play an important role in the economy of the state.

Kerala houses numerous spice plantations and most of them are located at famous tourist places in Kerala such as Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady etc. attracting great number of travelers every season



CARDAMOM


One of the costliest spices, cardamom available in Kerala is the best variety one can obtain from India. Scientifically known as ElettariaCardamomum, it belongs to the ginger family in spices

Rightfully called as the ‘Queen of Spices’, cardamom is priced after only Saffron and Vanilla in the whole world. Conducive for its growth and nourishment, the popular hill stations in Kerala offer the best varieties of cardamom produced in India


PEPPER


Renowned as the ‘King of Spices’, pepper is the best known spice in the whole world. The state of Kerala is most revered for producing and trading the best and most exotic varieties of pepper to the entire world

As of today, pepper is the most widely and commonly used spice almost all part of the world. Undoubtedly, over centuries Kerala proudly ruled the world spices with its monopolist position. Pepper produced in the high ranges of Kerala is superior to all other varieties produced elsewhere in the world

GINGER


Used as an important ingredient in many of the cuisines across the world, ginger is an important spice grown extensively in Kerala. Ginger is used both as dried and raw to give special taste and aroma to many cuisines in Kerala. Gingerol is the active component of raw ginger and the raw ginger is dried to produce shogaols.

Apart from using as an ingredient to dishes, ginger is renowned for its medicinal properties as well and it finds important place in many of the ayurvedic medicines in Kerala as well. Being rich in antioxidants, ginger is recommended as 'stomach settlers' in countries where beverages are produced

TURMERIC


A natural antibiotic, turmeric is better known as Curcuma Longa and belongs to the family of Ginger. Turmeric too is the root of the turmeric plant and is used as spice to provide taste and color to cooking in dried form. Unlike other spices, turmeric is very much pungent and gets stronger on cooking

More than its culinary importance, in places where it is grown, turmeric is used as a medicine. The importance of turmeric is emphasized in Ayurveda and in many Chinese medicines due to its curing effects on cardiovascular, digestive and skeletal systems

It may surprise one to know that apart from being gifted with many exotic and stunning tourist places, in Kerala spices are an important factor that affect the lives of the people here.