Spice Trail – Kate Humble goes on the trail of some of the world’s most valuable spices revealing their history, trade, mythology and usage.
Taking a journey from the ancient saffron fields of Essex to the original source of nutmeg and cloves in the Far East, Kate reveals the gradual and progressive exploration of the world in the great age of Western expansion.
This is not just a story of discovery and the history of spice; it also reveals the history of navigational science that allowed explorers to pinpoint the location of the trading posts that would provide access to the spice gardens of the globe.
Kate travels from the UK to Mexico, to Spain and the Middle East, through India and Indonesia to a remote set of islands at the far ends of the known world as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries, revealing the gradual and progressive exploration of the world eastwards as she discovers how spices are grown, used and traded today.
Producer: Lion Productions
TX: Autumn/Winter 2010/2011