Why Spices Are Unique?

  • Ak Ranjita Devi
  • Meinam Chanchan
  • Amit Baran Sharangi


Spices have fascinating and bewildering range of properties that makes our food tasty, colourful, flavourful, attractive and palatable too. It is never claimed to be nutritious while being an inseparable ingredient of our food. What are, then, so magical and apparently mysterious about spices that make them inseparable from human being throughout the ages? The flavour of spices is due to the presence of some essential oils and the major compounds present in them contribute plethora of unique qualities like imparting colour and taste as well as enhancing preservative powers and storability of foods. The industrial and cosmetic uses of almost all spices make them praiseworthy. Most importantly they have got countless references of having medicinal and therapeutic potentials too.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ak Ranjita Devi
    • 1
  • Meinam Chanchan
    • 2
  • Amit Baran Sharangi
    • 3
  1. 1.Kerala Agricultural UniversityThrissurIndia
  2. 2.Central Agricultural UniversityImphalIndia
  3. 3.Department of Plantation, Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic CropsBidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (Agricultural University)Mohanpur, NadiaIndia

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