From Chatni to Chutney

From Chatni to Chutney

Jun 20 , 2022

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Chutneys and pickles took root in Europe in the late 1600s with the arrival of preserved foods, like mangoes and tamarinds, brought back to Britain...

The Story of Bombay Chai

The Story of Bombay Chai

Jun 20 , 2022

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The story begins with Charles II, who in 1662 licensed the transfer of Bombay from the Portuguese to The East India Company. Under the leadership o...

The London Chocolate Houses

The London Chocolate Houses

Jun 20 , 2022

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Cocoa was drunk as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa on special occasions to reward brave warrio...

Porcelain: From China to Europe

Porcelain: From China to Europe

Jun 15 , 2022

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The Chinese have been crafting porcelain for over 1000 years before The East India Company even arrived in China in 1637, when their east-west trad...

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Jun 15 , 2022

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The British and European appetite for beautifully designed porcelain had been well and truly whetted, with Chinese artisans enjoying great populari...

Legend: Emperor Wan Tu Discovers Tea

Legend: Emperor Wan Tu Discovers Tea

Jun 14 , 2022

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Extract taken from “The East India Company Book of Tea” by Anthony Wild. There are many legends about the discovery of tea, none of which have sol...

First Opium War and Legacy

First Opium War and Legacy

Jun 14 , 2022

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Used since ancient times for illness and ailments, today opium provides important pain relief drugs such as morphine, but also the illegal and dest...

Trade and Spice

Trade and Spice

Jun 10 , 2022

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Spices and the spice trade have been an enormous influence in global political, social, and economic developments for over 1000 years. They were co...