When I was a child, I was always intrigued by one particular decoration around the holidays. Many decorations, like candy canes at Christmas, have a story behind them, but I had never heard the story of these weird, cone-shaped baskets we see decorating tables at Thanksgiving. Later in school I learned that they were called “cornucopia” or “horn of plenty” and associated with the blessing of a good harvest.
Over the past few years America has become obsessed with one thing during the fall season. Pumpkin spice! Everything from coffee to soap is now available in pumpkin spice, but what exactly is that spice? It’s actually a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg with nutmeg and cinnamon making up the primary ingredients. Spices have always been important throughout history, and a prime example is the amazing history of nutmeg.