Cinnamon

According to Herodotus, the Greek ‘father of history’, Cinnamon grows in shallow lakes, protected by Cinnamologus, a giant, fierce winged creature that screeches horribly and pecks out the eyes of those seeking to harvest the tree. Brave Arabic cinnamon gatherers would trick the birds by leaving large pieces of meat around, which, when carried back…

Nutmeg

In 1609, Nathaniel Courthope was sent by the English East India Company to Indonesia to help secure their share of the lucrative spice trade. In particular, to wrest control of the nutmeg trees that grew in the Banda Islands from the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.). This aromatic spice was so valuable, it eventually won…