SPICES AND FLAVOURINGS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is also used to hide other flavours. But however spices are used, they are essential to make food better to please palate.

Overview. The following spices and flavourings have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

The Basiloc Herb

BASILOC HERB, THE
Basiloc is a small herb that grows abundantly in Southern Sarvonia. It has commonly been described as a small leafy bush with tiny flowers in the summer. There are two different kinds of Basiloc; Asén Basiloc and Common Basiloc. Asén (meaning "sweet") Basiloc is used in cooking and fragrences while the Common Basiloc is used in tea to help calm an upset stomach.
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The Cinnabark Pine

CINNABARK PINE, THE
The Cinnabark Pine is a giant conifer, with turquoise needles and shaggy red-brown bark with a delicately fragrant spicy scent. Its bark is used as a sweet spice to flavor many foods. This tree is highly responsive to wood-sorcery and elven magic. The great Great Council Tree of the Brownies was created from a Cinnabark. Return to the top
 

DRACOROOT, THE
The Dracoroot is an extraordinary plant, apparently absorbing the warmth and sunlight during the hot season and allowing it to trickle from its roots during the harsh winter of the far northern lands, keeping small patches of the ground from freezing and thus allowing other plants to live through the merciless cold. It is also a delicious spice, prepared in many dishes, sweet or not, used in teas as a medicinal preparation and rumoured to be used in the elaboration of a powerful healing potion by the ulvur.
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FORIDUS, THE
Foridus is a cash crop that is grown quite commonly in the temperate regions of the world. Its prime use is the sap, called Foridite in powdered form. Due to the beautiful blossom and relatively small amount of care needed to tend it, it is a popular plant to allot a field for.
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KRAGGHI VINE, THE
The Kragghi is a ground-hugging, cold-tolerant vine which contains a spicy red sap used as a flavouring by various races in Northern Sarvonia, mostly the Kuglimz and various orc tribes, though its popularity is growing. The Kragghi Vine is also alternately called Krr’ah’ghi (Orcen), Krrahghi (Kuglimz’seitre), Krahgi (ThergerimTaal), Kraggy (Peasant Tharian). Return to the top
 

KHMEEN PLANT, THE ("MAIDEN'S BREATH")
The Khmeen is a common plant with year-long or two-years-long reproduction cycle and which prefers temperate or subtropical dry summer climates. - Khmeen can be found everywhere where winters are not too severe and soil too watery. Khmeen seeds are the main part of the plant used (as spicery as well as for medical use), although the entire plant is edible. Khmeen seeds can be found almost in every kitchen and to bake darker bread (that from wholemeal flour) or cook a stew without it is nearly unimaginable. Return to the top
 

PFEPPER PLANT, THE ("PFEFFER", "FIRE GRASS")
Growing all over Sarvonia, where it is neither too wet nor too cold, the Pfepper Grass (Tharian), "efér'echár" (Styrash) or „Emesz'Batuk“ (Ashz-Oc) is an unspectacular grass, but well loved, because its seeds provide cooks with an easily accessible, moderate hot to hot spice. It is similar to the more expensive, imported peppercorn, which borrowed its name from the indigenous pfepper seeds. Though it is common, it is not cultivated like wheat or bredden grain. For reasons unknown the tilth of this plant is never very successful, despite the relatively simple needs of it concerning soil or weather conditions. Return to the top
 

The Rosemint Bush

ROSEMINT BUSH, THE
The Rosemint is a common bush natural to the more temperate areas of Santharia. This plant comes by its name for the minty smelling leaves and beautiful flowers it produces. Rosemint is used not only for its very aromatic scent but also the fresh mint flavor it can bring to any food. The Rosemint is now very commonly found in many gardens throughout Santharia and is said to bring good luck. Return to the top
 

SWEETSIP VINE, THE ("SUNBENGIAN")
The Sweetsip Vine or Asén'bejón in Styrásh (lit. "Sweet Thrive") is native to Nybelmar, but has made its way to Sarvonia. The Asén'bejón is a most hardy plant and has a tendency to multiply with great ease. Its cone like blossoms release a pleasantly sweet smell and can be used in the finest sweet pies, butters, breads, and cakes. Sweetsip also has many other common names such as: Love o' Malise, Sunbengian, and Nectarene.
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 Date of last edit 2nd Rising Sun 1672 a.S.

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