The story of Kerala's spices dates back
to many thousands of years into the past. Kerala's claim to fame in
the ancient world rested mainly with her fabulous riches brought about
due to total monopoly over spices.
The ancient port of Musiris was the centre
of the world trade many aeons ago - the spice trade being central
to its legendary fame. It can be said that the Western colonisation
itself a fallout of the race to control the spice trade from Kerala.
Vasco Da Gama's arrival was just the culmination of the western
world's rush to find the sea route to the Indies and its spices
Within the last decade the international
trade in spices has grown to an estimated 500,000 tonnes of spices
and herbs valued at more than 1500 million US dollars. It is a matter
of pride for the tiny state of Kerala that the bulk of this trade
is still from Kerala. Some spices that have made Kerala a household
word in the spices world are listed below.