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Quite Interesting Facts about … spices - John Lloyd

Blog | By John Lloyd | Aug 10, 2022


Why did the Ancient Egyptians need cumin? How much is a fatal dose of saffron? John Lloyd explains all in these spicy facts

  • Anise is a member of the carrot family.
  • Caraway seeds are not seeds but fruits.
  • Contact with wasabi is fatal to fire ants.
  • Fresh vanilla beans have no taste or smell.
  • Cloves were once worth their weight in gold.
  • There are at least 2,306 different chemicals in raw garlic.
  • In ancient Egypt, cumin was used for embalming mummies.
  • Turmeric is more effective against Alzheimer’s than any drug.
  • A fatal dose of saffron may be as little as 10g.
  • Taking fenugreek makes your sweat and urine smell like maple syrup.
  • Cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli and kohlrabi were all bred from wild mustard.
  • The maximum amount of filth permitted in ground cinnamon by the FDA in the US is 400 insect fragments and 11 rodent hairs per 50g.