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Spice Facts from the Eden Project

Watch and find out which spices were once worth their weight in gold.

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The drawers of this boat contain spices of all kinds. People love to dig into this box of tricks and get a good waft of the beautiful aromas. The plants that many of these spices come from are grown in our Rainforest Biome – see if you can spot them.

Spices have created quite a stir over the years and helped shape the world we live in today.

  • It was while Christopher Columbus was sailing in search of the East Indies and pepper that he came across the Americas.
  • The bubonic plague came to Europe in the 1300s via the spice route from Central Asia.
  • The valuable nutmeg trees found on the tiny East Indian island of Run caused the Dutch and English to fight bloody battles in the seventeenth century.