Spices are best described as the dried parts of aromatic plants whose qualities are perceived through smell and taste and are used in cooking. Spices have a profound effect on health, affecting many functional processes of the body. Because they act as antioxidants, they are essential in the preservation of foods.
Spices and herbs were originally spread over Zanzibar from Portuguese traders in the 16th century, brought from their colonies in South America and India. They imported various plants, including spices. From the early eighteenth century, to develop Zanzibar economically as a spice-producing entity, Sultan Seyyid Said quickly realized the potential of his new dominion, with its hot climate and regular rainfall, as a location for spice farming. In the late 19th century, spices became Zanzibar’s main source of livelihood.
Honestly being, cooking without spices is like having a dancing party without music and in so doing it is extremely boring to have such a party, the same goes for foods, they become less delicious if they are not accompanying with decisive spices during cooking. Of course, the food should be very delicious and spices play that role extraordinarily, adding an extra ton of flavor to any particular dishes. There are lots of health benefits that come with many commonly used spices such as ginger, Saffron, Vanilla and Nutmeg. If ones are seriously in demanding of the spices of their best kinds then Zanzibar spices are the perfect place to fulfill your demands. Here come the best spices you can utterly find or get from Zanzibar.
Ginger: it has an interesting taste and after you try it, it makes everything better. Ginger adds a sweet-but-spicy kick to sushi, green juices, and smoothies. It has a strong smell and taste, but it can work wonders on an upset stomach or indigestion. Chewing on a little bit of raw ginger can even help relieve sore joints.
Saffron: Although Zanzibar is not a high-quality producer, Saffron may be one of the most expensive spices out there. This red spice will turn any food bright yellow and add a ton of flavor too. Saffron comes with a long list of health benefits, from aiding in digestion, to reducing inflammation, to help with depression. It is also known for its ability to beautify your skin. Making a saffron face mask can help clear up acne and blemishes, brighten dull skin, and give you a healthy glow.
Clove: The most famous spice of Zanzibar, the country that used to be one of its biggest exporters (which has now gone to Indonesia). It’s called the King of Spices and contains an oil called eugenol, which acts as a food preservative. It’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and the islanders of old inserted cloves into the space left by a removed tooth.
Turmeric: Is one of the most funs, a tuber that is used to dye food yellow, and which leaves traces all over your hands. Medicinally used as an antiseptic.
Black pepper: Black pepper is so commonly used that nobody would even think it has health benefits. The little kick you taste when you eat something that has black pepper in it helps to improve your digestion. Black pepper has also been shown to have antioxidant and antibiotic benefits, not to mention it tastes wonderful on almost everything. So, don’t be afraid to add a little shake of black pepper on your next meal. Grows on a vine, the spice a flowering fruit, referred to as a peppercorn when dried. The different kinds you see, red and green and black and white, are the plant picked at different stages of maturity.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a very healthy spice to add to almost every sweet or in your coffee. This spice can lower your blood sugar and your cholesterol. Cinnamon was used in ancient Chinese medicine for its antioxidant properties. To reap these benefits, try to eat ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day. Famously made from the bark of a tree, and known as the Queen of Spices, married Clove — the king. Used to cure bowel problems or stimulate your appetite.
Paprika: This bright red spice is often used more for garnish than for taste, but it has a warm, spicy flavor. Even if you are just using it to add a touch of color to a dish, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help prevent cancer. Plus, it has high levels of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and helps strengthen bones. Paprika goes great with a host of potato dishes and deviled eggs, too.
Cardamom: a spice usually found in Indian cuisine, has so many health benefits that it is seen in some cultures as a natural medicine for ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Eating this spice will help to detoxify your kidneys, fight a cold or flu, and even potentially cure hiccups. I love the flavor of cardamom in chicken curry and Vietnamese pho noodle soup.
Vanilla: is a climbing plant grown in plantations, attached to support frames or other pants. It comes from Mexico, and the Aztec people used it as an ingredient for their dishes and drinks in ancient times. For a long time, vanilla couldn’t be spread to other countries because of its high demands for cultivation.
Nutmeg and Mace: Come from the same tree, and have similar uses in cooking. Nutmeg was famous for increasing sex drive in women. The red part is dried in the sun and ground to produce the spice.
Truthfully, it is great to pay a visit at Zanzibar spices’ farms, to go through a farm from plant to plant tasting seeds and berries and learning about their local histories. There’s a fruit tasting at the end. Finally, there’s a market full of the dried spices to cart home with you, to mix into your favorite Zanzibar recipes. The most fascinating part about spices, other than seeing what they look like in their most natural form, is learning their medicinal uses.