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Spices (Latin aromata) are substances that are added to foods (Dining) and drinks (Drink) in small quantities to improve their taste. They are naturally occurring plant products that contain concentrated essential oils or bitter tannins. Spices include green herbs native to Europe, and products of the tropics or subtropics consisting of flower buds, tree bark, roots, seeds, berries, fruits, or fruit hulls. N…

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Teuteberg, Hans Jürgen and Beck, Thomas, “Spices”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020239>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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