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Spice is the variety of life…

Source: The Presurfer (to whom, ToTH)

From Allspice to Vanilla, all one could want to know– “The Spice Encyclopedia.”

A veritable treasure trove.  For instance, while your correspondent has consumed enough coriander to consider himself an expert, he did not know that:

Coriander is probably one of the first spices used by mankind, having been known as early as 5000 BC. Sanskrit writings dating from about 1500 BC also spoke of it. In the Old Testament “manna” is described as “white like Coriander Seed.” (Exodus 16:31) The Romans spread it throughout Europe and it was one of the first spices to arrive in America…

Coriander is not interchangable with cilantro, although they are from the same plant…

They’re all there.

As we’re remembering the difference between and teaspoon and a tablespoon, we might remember that Butterfly McQueen was born Thelma McQueen in Tampa, Florida on this date in 1911.  While she enjoyed a long career as an actress, she is surely best-known for her first role, as Prissy in Gone With the Wind, and for her immortal line, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies!”

Butterfly McQueen

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