“They have played an important role in health, adding healing properties to medicines, and they have been used to give scent to perfumes. A study of Ayurvedic practices in India gives an understanding of how spices can work for the well-being of the body. Such beliefs and practices are becoming widely accepted in Western society’s search for a healthy diet and sense of wellness.”
But, she admits, the use of spices was slow to catch on in Australia.
“Until recent times, Australian cooking in general has had very little to do with spice. In the formative years of white settlement in this country, diet and eating habits were entirely inappropriate to resources, climate and lifestyle.”