History of Spices
These sites focus on the history of spices. There is information on the spice trade route, the discovery of spices, origins of spices, and benefits of spices. Includes a spice encyclopedia, timelines, and lesson plans.
Look up information regarding sources, traditional ethnic uses, taste and aroma, history/region of origin, storage tips, and quick cooking ideas of various spices.
McCormick: The EnSpicelopedia
This is an encyclopedia of herbs and spices. Choose the name of an herb or spice from the menu on the left to learn more about it. Folklore, recipes, and pictures of each herb or spice are included.
PBS: Kerala and Her Spices
Learn about precious spices of the world which merchants and sailors had to cross the oceans to find the sources of these products.
Spice Route History, Asian Trade Routes of Indian Ocean, South China Sea
View the trade routes of cinnamon and clove from Southeast Asia. NOTE: This site includes ads.
The Spice Route Time Chart
This page has a spice time chart. Click links at the bottom of a page to find details of events. NOTE: This site includes banner-ads.
The Spice of Life
Learn about the health benefits of some common spices, such as garlic, onions, and even marinades.
Here is a lesson plan where students research the uses of spices in our health and foods.
National Geographic: Spice Geography
In this lesson plan, students investigate the origins of a variety of spices from around the world and map these locations.
Become a Spice Trader
This is an interactive lesson where students learn how to make important decisions about preparing for a trade journey and a route to take through a role play of a spice trader.
Herbs and Spices
This printable four-page PDF file has information about the history of spices, spice terminology, and culinary uses of spices and seasonings.