NPR (not National Public Radio, they now want to be known as NPR), reports that the use of spices is up, waaaaay up. Could it be that Laredo’s influence is being felt further North? Well, not really just Laredo but influences from all parts of the world are being absorbed into mainstream culture. The story by Andrea Hsu, titled U.S. Is a Spicier Nation (Literally) Since 1970s, even points to blog like Laredo’s own Canadian stars,Food Tease, are influencing home cooking.
The quotes of increases in some spices is incredible; NPR says:
Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show big gains in Americans’ spice consumption since the 1970s, including 600 percent more chili pepper, 300 percent more cumin, and a whopping 1,600 percent more ginger.
So please pass me the pickled ginger, I may have been raised semi-Mexican but somewhere along my life, I decided pickled ginger was goooooood.
Oh yes, and chicharrones and gorditas are great, too! Check out Food Tease’s experiences trying new stuff, with new spices.
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