Class to teach about foods, spices, herbs

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If you think you’ve got a good olfactory orb on your face, you might want to test it out at next week’s special classes on herbs and spices at the Briggs Lawrence Library branches.

“Spices Around the World” will be offered four times starting Tuesday, under the direction of Christine Hunt, adult services librarian.

“There is a national herb day celebrated in June and I thought it would be a good program,” Hunt said. “Also this year the summer reading club for adults is on ‘novel destinations.’ I thought we could be going around the world by exploring the world by spices.”

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The program will feature the history of spices and detail the distinction between an herb and a spice. Also Hunt will talk about which spices and herbs go with certain foods.

“There will be spicy aroma bingo where they have to answer a trivia question to put a marker on a square,” she said. “There will be prizes.”

In the early centuries spices came from large farms in Asia and Africa and with travel so difficult, they became rare and expensive. During the Late Middle Ages annually 1,000 tons of pepper and other spices were brought into Europe. Many of these spices would be unheard of in today’s kitchens.

“This is targeted toward seniors, but if they want to bring a grandchild, they can,” Hunt said. “This will introduce them to new spices and herbs and to just have a good time.”

The one-time class will be given Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Ironton branch; June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Chesapeake branch and June 10 at 10:30 a.m. at South Point branch and 2 p.m. at the Proctorville branch.

Registration is not required.