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The Nutmeg Wars

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader. In the 17th century, all Europe was mad to have the little brown nut from Indonesia- nutmeg. Especially the Dutch, who monopolized its cultivation and, in doing so, built their tiny nation into one of the wealthiest trading powers on the planet. BACKGROUND Spices have [...]

Nutmeg’s Surprisingly Interesting History

You probably already know that nutmeg is poisonous in large quantities, but did you know it can result in a psychedelic trip that was too intense for even William S. Burroughs? Also, did you know that the nursery rhyme “Peter Piper” was based on a sixteenth century pirate and horticulturalist who robbed spices from Dutch [...]