Herbs & Spices

The links provided below are to web sites that have historical information about Herbs & Spices as well as some purveyors of spices, including some "hard to find" spices like Cubebs, Grains of Paradise and Long Pepper which were more common in the cuisine of the Middle Ages & Renaissance


Biodiversity Heritage Library 

Online resource for historical herbals

Culinary gleanings from John Gerard's Herball or General Historie of Plantes 

List of references to food preparation from John Gerard's Herball or General Historie of Plantes

Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages 

Detailed information on spices and detailed discussion their history, chemical constituents, and the etymology of their names 

Medieval Gardening 

Blog on Medieval Gardening


Supplemental website by the author of "The Taste of Conquest" to fill in the gaps with graphs, charts, recipes & links to other websites about spice history.  


Disclaimer: I do not specifically endorse any of the following, but they may have supplies you are interested in.

Mountain Rose Herbs 

Wholesaler of Herbs & Spices

OliveNation LLC 

A variety of ingriedients available including Herbs & Spices.

Perennial Pleasures 

Has several Old World perennials including Skirret.

San Francisco Herb Company 

Gourmet Spices, Herbs, Tea, Essential Oils and Potpourri at Wholesale Prices.

Starlight Herb & Spice Company 

Chemical and Pesticide Free Herbs & Spices dried in small batches at low temperatures