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Ancient starch grains of ginger (Zingiber officinale), cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.) and nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) were identified on the surface of this footed sandstone grinding slab. Khanh Trung Kien Nguyen

Researchers find evidence of a 2,000-year-old curry, the oldest ever found in Southeast Asia

The discovery is helping shed light on a vibrant ancient spice trade that spanned many thousands of kilometres.
Hand-coloured etching of a king and his turnip (1819). © The Trustees of the British Museum

Turnips: how Britain fell out of love with the much-maligned vegetable

Thérèse Coffey’s recent suggestion that Brits eat turnips instead of tomatoes during food shortages was mocked – but the turnip hasn’t always been so unpopular, as a food historian explains.
Hopefully, the pepperoni won’t get too jealous over its disc-shaped competitor’s moment in the sun. Ryzhkov/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What’s behind America’s pickle craze?

The pickle-obsessed can now order a pickle pizza with a side of pickle potato chips, wash it down with a pickle beer and have pickle ice cream for dessert.

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