||For thousands of years people have gathered leaves, bark, roots, flowers, seeds and berries from trees and other plants to use as medicine, incense, and seasoning for their food. Because many of these products only
||grew in certain places but were in demand throughout the ancient world, they were among the first goods of global trade. These precious commodities were carried by camel over burning deserts and transported by ship over
||dangerous seas. They are what give distinctive flavors to regional cooking and authenticity to ethnic cuisines. Combine them in interesting ways to create your own signature dishes.