Coriander

In the first century C.E., Pliny the Elder listed no less than twenty-one remedies using coriander, from soothing ‘fluxes of the belly’ to easing the sting of the Amphisbaena, a two-headed, chicken-footed mythical serpent. Mythical creatures aside, coriander does have some other practical uses. WHERE IS CORIANDER FROM? Coriander, Coriandrum sativum, was probably indigenous to…

Turmeric

Marco Polo, on his epic travels to China and beyond, may have ‘discovered’ the vibrant, yellow-orange spice turmeric, but people had been using it in cooking, dyeing and medicine for a fairly long time before he showed up. WHERE IS TURMERIC FROM? The turmeric spice we know comes from the rhizomes, or underground stems, of…