History of the spices

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In 1918, José Maria Gomez Mira, with the Brand "El Aeroplano", initiated a very special journey through the senses.

Along with the brands "El Avión" and "La Cadena",he set the foundations that have allowed us to prepare thousands of aromas and thousands of flavours impregnated with his original spirit.

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History of the spices

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Some aromatic plants have been searched and cultivated for millennia as flavoring, perfuming, and preserving agents, these are the herbs and plants used traditionally in our meals to bring the best possible taste to our daily food. Herbs are usually common wild plants that grow nearby, usually the leaves of certain plants. but what we Europeans call spices are from a very different class; they generally come from far away lands, the old West and East Indies, growing in tropical trees, shrubs, or vines and having characteristic and pleasant aromas and flavors. In other occasions the hidden seeds are the prized spices. Most of these spices and herbs need high or moderate temperatures and enough humidity and naturally they have their origin in the tropical and subtropical areas of Asia and the Mediterranean basin.

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So the spices we use are just the plant parts that have the flavor and aroma and can be processed, kept and preserved. Let’s see some examples, beginning from the roots of the plants, like Ginseng, horseradish; following with the bark as in the case of cinnamon; going to the flower buds, like the cloves; the flowers, lavender; saffron, from flower stigmas; pepper and vanilla, from the fruits; and nutmeg, from the seed. But herbs and spices not only gave a better taste to the soups and stews, they were in many occasions the sole source of paramedical remedies and even magic potions. Quite a few medicinal virtues were then and still are useful . At the moment, many pharmacologists and laboratories are working with herbs and natural substances in order to establish whether they are curative and if it is feasible to synthesize them.

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