Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonder of the world. But long before that the spice has been a most precious than gold or diamond. Those innocent spice jars sitting in your cupboard don’t do much to reveal their incredible history. That in the 16th century, London dockworkers were paid their bonuses in cloves? That in 410 AD, when the Visigoths captured Rome, they demanded 3,000 pounds of peppercorns as ransom? Did you know that nutmeg was once worth more by weight than gold? Pepper, along with other spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, was such a hot commodity five centuries ago that it drove nations to sail across vast oceans searching for new routes to the spice-rich Orient. Today, we are not limited in our access to spices from around the globe. As we continue the rich tradition of using spices for both flavor and medicine, we cherish what we have and honor those who gave their lives to share them with the world.