This time of year, the seasonal favorite, pumpkin spice is just about everywhere. And I mean everywhere, more and more products have pumpkin spice in them...even some things that shouldn’t have pumpkin spice in them. Recently, I saw pumpkin spice hummus, ick!
Regardless of the saturation of this delicious spice and it’s seemingly “new” presence on the market, pumpkin spice has been around for thousands of years. Pumpkin spice is a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove.
Recently, archeologists found nutmeg residue on the Banda Islands in Indonesia, dating back 3,500 years. By the 1300s traders were traveling to the “spice islands” seeking nutmeg, the only place it could be found. At one point, nutmeg was such a highly sought commodity that it was more valuable than gold! A desire to find more spice was what led explorers to find North America. In the 1600s the Dutch wanted spices so badly that they traded Britain their colony, New Amsterdam. The British renamed the colony New York, which remains the name to this day.
Seeing as pumpkin spice is one of the highest selling products sold in the United States, it seems that all the hype around these spices was warranted! I love pumpkin spice and it works so well in so many things, what do you like to use pumpkin spice in?
For the recipe for the delicious Pumpkin Spice cupcakes you see below, click here!