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Spice Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

What is spice?
A: A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring or coloring food.

Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are what?
A: The leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish.

A spice may be available in what forms?
A: Fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried.

Generally, spices are what?
A: Dried.

Spices may be ground into a powder for what?
A: Convenience.


A whole dried spice has the longest what?
A: Shelf life.

A fresh spice, such as ginger, is usually more flavorful than its dried form, but fresh spices are what?
A: More expensive and have a much shorter shelf life.

Some spices are not always available either fresh or whole, for example turmeric, and often must be purchased how?
A: In ground form.

Small seeds, such as fennel and mustard seeds, are often used how?
A: Both whole and in powder form.

India contributes how much of global spice production?
A: 75%.


This is reflected culturally through their what?
A: Their cuisine.

Historically, the spice trade developed throughout the Indian subcontinent, as well as where?
A: In East Asia and the Middle East.

Europe's demand for spices was among the economic and cultural factors that encouraged what?
A: Exploration in the early modern period.

The spice trade developed throughout the Indian subcontinent by at earliest 2000 BCE with what?
A: Cinnamon and black pepper, and in East Asia with herbs and pepper.

The Egyptians used herbs for what?
A: Mummification and their demand for exotic spices and herbs helped stimulate world trade.


By 1000 BCE, where could medical systems based upon herbs be found?
A: In China, Korea, and India.

Early uses were connected with what?
A: Magic, medicine, religion, tradition, and preservation.

Cloves were used in Mesopotamia by when?
A: 1700 BCE.

The Romans had cloves in the 1st century CE, as who wrote about them?
A: Pliny the Elder.

The Ebers Papyrus from early Egypt dating from 1550 B.C.E. describes what?
A: Some eight hundred different medicinal remedies and numerous medicinal procedures.


Spices were prominent enough in the ancient world that they are mentioned where?
A: In the Old Testament.

 In Genesis, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers to whom?
A: Spice merchants.

In the Song of Solomon, the male narrator compares his beloved to what?
A: Saffron, cinnamon, and other spices.

Spices were among the most demanded and expensive products available in Europe in the Middle Ages, the most common being what?
A: Black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

An example of the European aristocracy's demand for spice comes from the King of Aragon, who invested substantial resources into doing what?
A: Bringing back spices to Spain in the 12th century.


He was specifically looking for spices to put in what?
A: Wine.

Spices are rather ineffective as preservatives as compared to what?
A: Salting, smoking, pickling, or drying, and are ineffective in covering the taste of spoiled meat.

Spices have always been comparatively expensive: in 15th century Oxford, a whole pig cost about the same as what?
A: A pound of the cheapest spice, pepper.

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