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Why Are We Enjoying Spicier Food?

Why Are We Enjoying Spicier Food?

Food with a little bit of heat is nothing new to the culinary world. Ethiopia, Korea, Thailand, and the Sichuan Province of China are all known for their spicy cuisines. Since 1980, this trend has gained significant popularity in the United States. Salsa has replaced ketchup as our favorite condiment, and chipotle chiles are cropping up in dishes across the country. Today, the average person in the United States consumes 7 pounds of chiles a year, and over 90% of consumers prefer spicy food.

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Craft Brewer's Favorite Beer Spices

Craft Brewer's Favorite Beer Spices

Working with spices means we get to meet a lot of interesting people. Olive oil and specialty shops call us all the time, looking for specific spices and spice blends to fit in with their shop. Some of the most fascinating customers we have encountered are the brewers. With craft beer increasing in popularity in the United States every year, it is often brewers who are looking for the best new flavors and the highest quality products available.

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Sichuan Spices and Seasonings

Sichuan Spices and Seasonings

If you’ve ever eaten Kung Pao Chicken, you’ve tasted a little bit of Sichuan cuisine. It is an extremely popular cuisine choice in China, with lots of people venturing to this region just to enjoy the spicy heat of the food. It is spicy and mouth numbing, and the numbing occurs through the use of Sichuan pepper, which comes from the prickly ash tree. Because Sichuan cuisine is known for its spicy food, people tend to think of only spicy food when thinking of this cuisine, even though this is not the case.

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