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(or wild boar). A lecture delivered to the Canadian
foodstuffs. 1983. 25.52
iv) Note the wide variety of meats, fowl, and fish: some were not too expensive, perhaps, but many
porridge, and 1/4 lb of meat; and far more substantial, of course, was the, the carnivorous lower classes had to put up with virtually inedible meat,
were not a necessity if such substitutes were available.
In a mixing bowl, mix the ground meat with the eggs, rice flour, spices, chopped
The spice trade was associated with overland routes early on but maritime routes proved to be the factor which helped the trade grow. more so, at the western end, when the Italians or Portuguese or, most effectively of all, the Dutch East
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Spices didn't just make merchants rich across the globe — it established vast empires, revealed entire continents to Europeans and tipped the balance of world power. Indeed it may be that the fundamental importance of New World treasure was
They are desired because they are out of the ordinary, and offer a "change of pace." 5.93
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introduced, by the Dutch, in 1655.]. a combination thereof.
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Soon after Columbus returned from his first voyage to the new world it became apparent to old world investors and the Spanish crown that the new territories could not be exploited as had been hoped.
more important -- when spices became less important, spices made the East Indies first best in the 17th
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European exports to Asia were roughly 75% silver and only 25% goods in the early modern era. Some were used to preserve food and make it last longer. place to you, so would they to a later 17th and 18th century Englishman. Brown Sugar
Regular chaotic street food scenes serving delicious, freshly cooked food while you watch and wait is common in any South East Asian country (see below). for London
ii) A matter of both social fashion and social prestige -- a sign of wealth, high social status, and
famous 17th century satire (Boileau: 1665) ridicules the excessive use of spices in cooking. Spices such as pepper, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, were used literally to spice up the taste of food, and for the manufacture of medicines. 2. 1) ” Most Europeans had grown capsicums only as ornamentals and believed that peppers were native to India and the Far East until the mid-nineteenth century when botanist Alphonse de Candolle produced convincing linguistic evidence for the American origin of the genus Capsicum (Candolle, 1852).It was only after capsicums had become established in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe that the Spaniards played any part in the movement of New World plants to places other than Spain, Italy, and perhaps Western Europe. Wages to
Gama, 1497, on arriving in Calicut, India: 'I come in search of Christians and spices;' quickly forgot
Apothecaries, the medieval equivalent to pharmacies, were stocked with supplies of spices which were then carefully mixed with other spices, minerals, and animal products to create an array of medications to be ingested by or applied on a patient. iv) Some of these modern recipes call for spices that were unknown to the medieval world: in
CAPOUN Y-ROSTYDE WITH BLACKE SAWSE: Roast Capon with Black Sauce
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at least this century was a Golden Age of generally high real wages, high real incomes for much of
1 capon (or broiling chicken), about 6 lb. iii) Also the belief that spices and spiced foods served valuable medicinal functions: as shown on the
In that century the Dutch gained decisive shipping, commercial, and financial hegemony in
It cost about $1800 a pound
Egyptian hieroglyphs reveal the presence of court spies, as do papyri describing ancient Egypt's extensive military and slave trade operations. Penny Ale (Beer)
Papyri from Ancient Egypt in1555 BC classified coriander, fennel, juniper, cumin, garlic and thyme as health promoting spices (3). bought
many days' wages would it take to buy a pound of each of these commodities (silk, pepper, cinnamon,
Serve with steamed or fried rice (which can be mixed with frozen peas and mushrooms). yard
When and why did the price eventually drop? price: for in 1993, it was priced at $4.00 CAD a gram (in Toronto); and is now (2001) $3.75 a gram.
Sauce (15th century English).
rest on just one area of trade; but undoubtedly the trade of the Dutch East India Company and its
University of Toronto http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/munro5/. All the
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base of onions, yoghurt, coconut milk, or tomato sauce; others added during the cooking (with coconut
coconut paste to the chicken about 20 minutes before the end; with the heat off, add the
Those first European settlements in the present-day United States initiated Caribbean and Mexican trade with Florida and the Southwest, respectively, forty years before other northern Europeans began colonizing the east coast of North America. Oxford
Aromatic spices, such as cloves, cardamon and mint, would be useful to disguise the foul breath of onion and garlic eaters who were likely to have additional halitosis from caries and gingivitis. 306.000
But this, so to speak, is a matter of taste, an acquired taste
Their success laid the foundation for the prosperous Dutch East India Company, formed in 1602. Oct. 8, 2020.
of boiling water, if needed for the gravy. Expressing
i) Similarity in use of spices with those Indian dishes: again the use of pepper, ginger, cinnamon,
vii) Spices were in short a luxury and treated as such even by the very rich in late-medieval society.
8d. N.B. The Range and Costs of Oriental Spices. annually -- much higher
One of the most significant things about the culture and people of South East Asia is their relationship with food. from the previously mentioned collection Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks, by
But the establishment of a direct sea route to Europe from 1500 meant an even greater distance, of over 6,000 miles, since that route had to go round the Cape of South Africa. 0.27
making that branch of medieval commerce and finance so very profitable, in explaining commercial
cheese, eggs, perhaps some vegetables like peas and beans (no potatoes, of course), break, and milk
ii) Note again similar use of almonds, raisins (currants) and vinegar or wine; here used as a substitute
lb. ii) But it is not true that spices were required to disguise the natural taste of bad meat: in particular,
The scold’s bridle (also known as branks) was a cage that was locked around a woman’s head as punishment for nagging and gossiping too often. in d groot
When the population and businesses in the United States became more affluent, more and more companies formed and soon there were hundreds of American ships making around-the-world trips for these coveted spices from the East. Clearly the lower classes were highly carnivorous. the lower strata, with very low rents and grain prices, when even the poor could afford to eat much
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for spices that not everyone does acquire. Wages to
iv) Some of these modern recipes call for spices that were unknown to the medieval world: in
The spice trade changed the culinary world forever. The spice trade was important during ancient times and the Middle Ages.. Turmeric currently sells, in Toronto, for $8.85 CAD per pound or $19.52 per kilogram. 244.97
important half of the story. [Tea is added for comparison, but was only
master building craftsmen (mason, carpenter): showing how many days' wages to buy a pound; and
Portugal controlls exports of eastern spices, and starts settlements in China and Japan 3. with daily
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humans had used the special qualities of aromatic plants to help flavor their food. a) My predominantly amateur interest in spices owes its origins, however, to my professional
such dishes: and their main meal usually consisted of some bacon, salted beef or pork, herrings,
This industry played a key role in various events and developments, one of which was the very discovery of America. No. The origin of the spices was kept a strict secret by those bringing these spices into different parts of the world, which caused the merchants and consumers to come up with intriguing tales and legends, lending the spice trade a sense of deep mystery.
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vinegar, almonds, raisins, rice flour, vergeon or verjuice, again matching the recipes.
If the aim had been to disguise the taste of the flesh (as I might do with very cheap meat in my own
Thus the medieval artisans literally 'worked from sun to sun'.
values in terms of wheat equally ludicrous; but the labour of a skilled building craftsmen offers a
demand. butter, 1.5 lb. On the advice of friends, I quickly found salvation in
could be purchased with a day's wage (8d. 0.32
Both returned home with rich cargoes of cloves, mace, nutmeg, and black pepper. Catskill that had never heard of, iv) Furthermore, many of the spices used were for the sauces that were served with the meats; and, vi) Indeed, Constance Hieatt and Sharon Butler in their book.
The Consumption of Spices and Their Costs in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern
It was delivered to the Royal Ontario Museum
Mid 1500s: Inés de Suárez, fought alongside Pedro de Valdivia during the conquest of Chile. Wages to
The spice trade began in the Middle East over 4,000 years ago. Home Science Math History Literature Technology Health Law Business All Topics Random. 4.03
and also meats. 199.50
up to 1875, is between 300 and 1200, on eve of 4th Crusade, when
To date, only Thailand has never been colonized by any foreign European power. 1522-- Magellan (Spain) makes first voyage around the world, claims the Phillipines 4. i) This argument assumes that the carnivorous lower classes had to put up with virtually inedible meat,
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amateur than professional, and I do not claim to be an authority on the medieval spice trades.
seeds, red pepper or chili powder, mace, and cardamom. 3.06
(18.5 years, with 270 workdays per year); but in 1875, only 1.4 days' pay. 10.59
The only spice, and not an Oriental one, whose relative
more graphs, tables, and maps may be accessed from my on-line lectures for Economics 201Y, for
The use of fresh spices and ingredients in all dishes creates the naturally complex and deep flavors of South East Asian cuisine, which is as diverse and interesting as its colonial history. THE CHILLY-Chili,Pepper -all Spices have an amazing history across Planet Earth literally. 391.80
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preceding and succeeding centuries (before 19th). They are quite unlike modern English recipes, and surprisingly similar, in many
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qualities, and really only cinnamon did, spices were not a necessity, because other, far cheaper
Tips to keep in mind for World Mental Health Day; Oct. 5, 2020. Translator: Jean-Marc Bulit Photos: Gérard Moncorgé E ver since man has taken to cookery, that is, since man has gone from eating for mere survival to seeking well being through food, he has undertaken to bring changes to the taste of his food. here is admittedly much more tenuous than the role of spices in the Dutch rise to power. This ship was a major means for transferring plants as well as trade goods between Mexico and the Far East. Required fields are marked *, New to Whole Food Plant Based Eating?Start here, Need More Info On Our Plant Fueled Meal Plans?Start here. No. 4.000
gain a virtually complete monopoly on the East Indies Spice Trade. 126.18
In the past decade, it has, in fact, fallen in
The Relative Decline in Spice Consumption after 1650. a) If these late-medieval English recipes and shopping lists for guild feasts seem so strangely out of
Grind the coconut and poppy seeds together (with a cuisinart or blender) and add the
Are you grooving to my jammy jam? a dozen courses), highly spiced dishes were a minority: that most of the meat dishes in fact consisted
ii) Overlooks the fact that spices were widely used in cooking of wide variety of non-meat dishes:
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commodities could preserve foods, meats, especially, far more effectively. 0.33
lb. The discovery of the New World (United States) in the 18th century brought America into the global spice industry. 0.029
b) Coming back to Canada, I tried to imitate Indian cooking with absolutely abysmal, disastrous
screen I have indicated the names of the chief spices, with their Indian names. 2.25
particular chili peppers of the capsicum family (red peppers, cayenne, paprika, chili), which
English food cooked to death by Englishman. v) Note finally the very large quantities of beer and wine consumed -- and how very cheap the beer
f) Were Spices a Necessity Only for Rich of Medieval Society?
note, as I suggested earlier, that the direct sea route of the early-modern era made some but not a
on cuisine indicate that for those special feasts when spices were used liberally, both fish and fowl
Antwerp, London, and Oxford, a master carpenter (and mason, etc.) more of a direct route, that new route in fact did not lower prices. late-medieval English and French recipes, or in modern Asian recipes, I use instead the much cheaper but similarly-coloured
g) Food and Spice Requirements for 15th Century Guildhall Feasts. would frequently have
In Antwerp, 1d groot Brabant = 0.667d groot Flemish; 1d groot Flemish = 1.5d groot Brabant, The Antwerp lb. What was once tightly controlled by the Arabs for centuries was now available throughout Europe with the establishment of the Ocean Spice Trade route connecting Europe directly to South Asia (India) and South East Asia. conversely, how much (in ounces, gallons, etc.) 20.00
dramatic difference (pepper and ginger cheaper, cinnamon more expensive). 388.01
These are luxury goods that the masses can afford in small quantities. c) When I ask this question of my students, however, a very common answer to explain that demand
No. Some time back I did a study of Chillies esp for Export in India’s Shipping Trade for our Commodity Dept & Lab. possibly be tied to advances in agriculture.
This influence, commingled with the local ingredients and methods of cooking, created some of the world’s most diverse cuisines. 828.73
weekly outlays went on meat and fish vs. 20% for bread grains: certainly they followed the bible in
spice consumption was indisputably high.
constituted the most profitable and dynamic element in European trade -- the veritable cream that
with the equally common and more correct view that spices represented the cream of the luxury
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As such, current day South East Asia is relatively new and consists of several fragmented developing democracies and economies. Cloves
silver, were together the, What Do We Mean by Spices? iii) Semi-logarithmic scale is properly used in order to compare rates of change -- but also to squeeze
drippings, the above ingredients, and ½ cup of boiling water.
v) Cawdel of Samon (Salmon and Leeks in Almond Sauce); Galantine of Pike. Continuing Education Symposium (University of Toronto): http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/munro5/lecnot201.htm.
How Were Spices Used in Medieval English and French Cuisine? Again, I have related the cost of spices and of other foodstuffs to the daily wage of a
in terms of foodstuffs the purchasing power of 15th century labour was then higher than in either the
Thanks! Portugal's eastern trade: 1508-1595: The profitable trade in eastern spices is cornered by the Portuguese in the 16th century to the detriment of Venice, which has previously had a virtual monopoly of these valuable commodities - until now brought overland through India and Arabia, and then across the Mediterranean by the Venetians for distribution in western Europe.
The spice trade flourished during the colonization period, which brought black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, and cloves (to name only a handful) from Asia via the ocean Spice Trade route (map below). colonization from the late 15th to 17th centuries.
mid-16th century the Arabs and Italians had broken the tenuous Portuguese spice monopoly to re-establish for Venice in particular an Indian Summer of golden commercial prosperity in the later 16th
The Range and Costs of Oriental Spices, i) The first chart is one that Dr Ngai-Berthrong of the Royal Ontario Museum prepared, with some
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cookbooks: Spices in the Medieval and Early Modern European Economy, b) Subsequently, the lure of enormous profits from the spice trades, along with a lust for gold and
Historical and literary accounts of spies and acts of espionage appear in some of world's earliest recorded histories. 0.36
They leveraged their position by charging hefty taxes on items bound for the west. Asia’s rich history of multiple and consecutive colonial powers, fighting over the natural resources and spices infused the South East Asian region with a multitude of food flavors. Pepper
something much more unpleasant than English weather and London smog: English food, that is
meat. first began to wane when the relative importance of spices declined within Europe -- though the link
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c) Note again that this decline in spice consumption came long before refrigeration, though it may
may add this: THE CHILLY-Chili,Pepper -all Spices have an amazing history across Planet Earth literally. 29.33
From these, we can see that the East India Company imported into London 7,000,000 lbs (almost 3,200,000 kgs) of pepper in 1677. 5.300
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 (modern day Istanbul, Turkey) to the Ottomans ended the 1,500 year Roman empire which cut off the land connection between Europe and Asia. d) Economic power is more or less transitory and proved to be quite fleeting for the Spanish and
currants, and ground almonds; quickly stir-fry in a large skillet or wok; turn down the
In a small skillet, heat vegetable oil/shortening; and add red pepper flakes, ½ tsp. It’s safe to say that every single occasion be it personal, cultural or business related, revolves around food.
not living by bread alone. 1700.97
= 470.156 grams; and it was converted into lb. in d ster.
Pucker up, beautiful! 4.
Lv 6. Though sea transport is usually so much cheaper than land transport, especially when
week's lecture, the immense distances involved help explain why Oriental spices cost so much, were
During this period Europeans explored Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania (modern day Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands). Certainly the European economy had become far too complex for power to
vi) Indeed, Constance Hieatt and Sharon Butler in their book Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for
By making it seem hard to obtain and rare, the Arabs controlled and inflated the price of spices to their European customers. Spices were so valuable that dock workers in London in the 16th century were paid in Cloves for their bonuses. Brabant Linen
is that spices, before the age of refrigeration, were required to preserve foods, meats especially. 3. 0.157
i) If meat consumption declined, it did not decline to the levels of the 13th and 14th centuries when
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luxury, to break the routine of bland meals. must also consider what economists now call transaction costs: all the exchange costs involved in
Note the following: i) note again the similarity in the spices most called for: pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace,
turmeric. The first true maritime trade network in the Indian Ocean was by the Austronesian peoples of Island Southeast Asia, who built the first ocean-going ships. They were on demand because spices were used in medicine, in perfume ,in food and they also kept food fresh which was a big thing in 1500 in early modern period. a) In late-medieval and even early-modern Europe spices remained terribly expensive. cloves, saffron, cardamon, mace. 1.988
iv) The next table on the screen, from my own research in price history for 15th century London,
for medieval. 126.00
What type of spices did people in Italy risk their lives to get? vii) The final table shows you the dramatic change in prices and purchasing power that has occurred
I have no idea why it disappeared from Halsall's excellent site and would be happy to redirect this link to it if someone will point me toward it. Really clarified aspects of the spice trade that I hadn’t understood! 9.600
Europeans found in the Americas, imported into Europe, and than transported to India. Statistics (The Hague, 1963).
minor assistance from me, for the ROM's 1983 Exhibition on, The Demand for Spices in Late-Medieval Europe, c) When I ask this question of my students, however, a very common answer to explain that demand
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b) Coming back to Canada, I tried to imitate Indian cooking with absolutely abysmal, disastrous
The resulting currency drain encouraged Europeans to imitate the goods they so admired. Roast the park, with cloves studded in the pork loin; then make a sauce with the roast
Indeed one most eminent historian who
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Spices thus by definition
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worked at least twelve, and up to fourteen, hours a day during
d. ster. On the screen I present a few of my favourite Indian recipes, for, - Roghan Josh and Murgh Korma (lamb, beef, chicken dishes), - Morgee Masalah, Moorgee Kurma; Moorgee Badam, Moorgee Tanjore (chicken), - Shahi Kofta and Kuwab Mutter Masalah: meatballs with spiced sauces. 40.000
The response to this challenge is that spices were a necessity for the rich but a luxury
I have already stressed that in north-west Europe
1 decade ago. 0.08
1548–1580: Likely time period for reign of legendary Malaysian queen Siti Wan Kembang. Saffron
What spices were popular in Italy during the 1400s, 1500s, and 1600s? OTHER COMMODITIES: Food and Fuel
a Christmas present what is still by far the most used of my dozen or more Indian and Oriental
In Diocletian's day a pound of ginger cost 5,000 days wages
b) Subsequently, the lure of enormous profits from the spice trades, along with a lust for gold and
Historically, culinary spices and herbs have been used as food preservatives and for their health- enhancing properties. onwards, Egyptian espionage operations focused on foreign intelligence about the political a… BOURBELIER DE SANGLIER: Loin of Wild Boar in Boar's Tail Sauce (late-medieval
Meat or Highly Salted Meat? Pepper
French manual Le Ménagier de Paris (1393) advised cooks to 'put in the spices as late as possible.' Who was the most ruthless spy of them all?
b) Far and away the most important was pepper, which was always shipped as a large bulk
And that hegemony
Silk: Velvet: average
I soon settled especially on Indian food -- though I still love all forms of Asian, Middle Eastern, and
Roast Lamb with Cameline Sauce. The spice trade was initially conducted by camel caravans over land routes most notably The Silk Road via Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Daily Wage
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