What do you and spices have in common? (Other than making everything better, of course.) You both have a history! While spices may not have a paper mâché family tree like us, they do have rich origins that lend to their significance. If you are curious about the origins of this month’s blend, we invite you to Xinjiang, a territory in northwest China and the name of RawSpiceBar’s February blend.
A Peppercorn for Your Thoughts
So, where does this month’s blend come from? While many groups claim to be the creators of Xinjiang, it was actually created by an individual from northern Xinjiang’s Shawan County after he mixed hot chili peppers together to recreate an old dish he enjoyed. His goal of make something old actually created something new. A tantalizing mixture of Szechuan peppercorns, cumin, dried Szechuan chile flakes, and black peppercorns, our Xinjiang Blend is an experience that will leave you craving more.
The same can be said for the homeland of this month’s feisty spice. Located within rugged mountains and beautiful desert basins, the Xinjiang territory offers layers of beauty that you simply can’t get enough of. Of course, Xinjiang is known for more than its beauty. It also houses one of the most famous trade routes in history: the Silk Road.
Take Me Home, Silk Roads
An ancient trade route that carried goods, spices, and ideas between civilizations, the Silk Road is an iconic piece of history that passed through the Xinjiang territory, linking China to the Middle East. The impact of the road can be seen today in the open-air bazaars of cities like Hotan and Kashgar. Thanks to that road, you get to enjoy the tantalizing taste of RawSpiceBar’s Xinjiang Blend right in your home. Who knew history could be so tasty?
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