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CTA. 1994. Spice plants. Spore 50. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/49349
Spice plants by M Borget is published by Macmillan in The Tropical Agriculturalist series in association with CTA. Available at CTA for ACP readers.
Spices tend to evoke exotic, even romantic, connotations in peoples' minds. Tales of fabled cities and oriental adventures spring to mind in connection with the ancient spice routes. Ancient burial and embalming rituals relied heavily on the use of spices and spices have been put to culinary uses from time immemorial. And yet most people do not place them in the category of a serious agricultural crop, and certainly do not think of them in the same terms as the humble tuber or root crop. But for those who grow, or advise on the growing of spice plants, the problems of diseases, pests, mineral deficiencies and the vagaries of the weather are much the same as for any other cultivated crop. Spice plants covers in detail the botany, origins, propagation, genetic improvement, management and harvesting of a variety of common spice crops (allspice, black pepper, cardamom, chill), cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, to name a few). Methods of storage, preparation and processing are dealt with, as well as their nutritional properties. The variety of uses for spices is described from food flavourings to perfumes. Spice plants by M Borget is published by Macmillan in The Tropical Agriculturalist series in association with CTA. Available at CTA for ACP readers.