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The Infographic History of Spices

Turn Up the Heat: Worldwide History of Spice from recipe-finder.com brings together a whole bunch of related infomrmation into one infographic.

They say that money makes the world go round. While that might just be true today, centuries ago, spices made the world go round. Spices used to be worth so much that people set about to conquer new territories in search for these flavor enhancers. Today, basic spices may not fetch so much in the market (although saffron will still cost you an arm and two legs), but they are used just as much in kitchens around the world.

The information in here is fantastic, but a few design problems make this a little harder to understand than it should be.  The sized-circles over the map…what do the sizes mean?  From an overall design aspect, it’s missing a clear title, license and URL to the original posting.

I can eat jalapeno peppers in a lot of the food here in Texas, but anything over about 6,000 on the Scoville Scale is out of my league!

Thanks to @franky for sharing this on Twitter.

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Reader Comments (4)

The circles represent the native zone of the spice they mention :)
November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
your blog is nice..

Thank you

Aries Tech Soft.
November 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermlm software noida
For the title used ("the history of spices"), the fail by Columbus to discover "the sea route to land of spices" is totally irrelevant (although well highlighted). The discovery of this sea route changed completely the pepper trade in the world in the 1500s. Vasco da Gama the navigator that made that discover 6 years later, is not even mentioned... ??!! Thorough research, accurate data and a good selection of the info to use, is essential before even starting to plan an infog.
November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMcLupy
Your History of Spices is quite remarkable but I agree with McLupy. You should've mentioned Vasco de Gama.
November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVivian Kendricks
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