We want to know EVERYTHING about spices, so we’re going to spy on them.
We’re going to be the world’s best spice secret agent spies. Kids are amazing secret agents. Even a zebra can be a secret agent.
The way you be a secret agent spice spy is to look and smell and touch and taste. You can do it when the spices aren’t watching!
We’re learning about every clue to find which spice is the most flavorful and has the strongest aroma.
We’re finding out who’s making them. Why are they making them?
We want to get to the bottom of this. We want answers now! We’re going to solve this mystery. But how?
We use our fingers to touch spices. We smell them. We taste them.
We use a magnifying glass to see what they look like up close.
We look at them whole and ground up.
We look in books to find out more and more and more.
We go to special classes by Whole Spice!
What makes chiles spicy? There’s this chemical called (we looked in the Field Guide to Spices) called capsaicin. Chiles come from a family called capsicum which sounds like popsicle, except chiles are hot and popsicles are cold.
The hottest chiles in the whole world are called ghost chiles. They’re so hot they’re spooky!
Salt is not spooky at all. It comes from ocean water that evaporates and leaves behind salt.
Also we know that cilantro and coriander seeds come from the same plant.
You can make spices taste different by blending them together. You can blend them any way that tastes good to you. That is the only rule: you have to blend them so that you like them!
We like to put our spice blends on baked sweet potatoes.
They are yummy AND very good for you!
Spices are fun!
Where do they come from? They come from the whole world! And they come from Whole Spice!
We will tell you A LOT more after we spy more. STAY TUNED!!!!!!