The Smell of Christmas – Gingerbread – The History

December 16, 2010

What smells more like Christmas than gingerbread men baking in the oven?

The answer- Not much, turkey and stuffing are hard to beat, but gingerbread enjoys pride of place in some households.

Gingerbread dates back date back to “ancient times”, whatever that means, but it is generally believed that in the in the 11th century, Crusaders returning to Europe from the Middle East brought a new spice, ginger, with them.

The use of spice called “Ginger” now has widespread use for dealing with indigestion, stomach aches and an aid to digestion generally. It is readily available and recommended for travel sickness and features in many popular cuisines, maybe the best known being Asian food and they have probably been using it for even longer.

A wonderful insight into the history of gingerbread.

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