F Magazine #28 Spice

Magazine F is a food documentary magazine co-created by Magazine B and Baemin, which introduces one particular ingredient that has had a significant impact on people’s table.

Spices are aromatic flavorings that enhance the taste of dishes and mainly come from seeds, fruits, roots, stems, and flowers. Red pepper, black pepper, mustard seed, garlic, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin: There are myriad seasonings used in different regions and each type has a unique flavor.

Mainly developed in India, Indonesia, and parts of the Middle East and North Africa, spices were once a precious luxury to Europeans starting in the Middle Ages—a turning point that changed international trade forever and even shaped nations and national identities. In recent times, as consumers can easily buy spices from all over with the click of a mouse, spices are experiencing a great revival among foodies who are looking to transcend boundaries in gastronomy.