Spice Trail, The
This mini-series takes viewers on a journey to trace the origins of some of the most coveted spices in the world. It tells the story of epic voyages, bloody wars and the birth of globalization during one of the greatest periods of discovery the world has known.
Pepper & Cinnamon (#101H) Duration: 58:04 STEREO TVPG
Noted BBC presenter Kate Humble uncovers the story of the most heavily traded spice in the world - pepper in India - then she heads south to the cinnamon lands of Sri Lanka, a place shrouded in mystery for Europeans until the Portuguese accidentally landed on its shores.
Nutmeg and Cloves (#102H) Duration: 58:59 STEREO TVPG
Kate Humble travels around the Spice Islands in Eastern Indonesia in search of nutmeg and cloves, two aromatic substances that caused bloody wars and shaped empires. European explorers visited the volcanic islands in search of great wealth, but their voyages led to massacres of local people and the decimation of their culture. Kate meets those who have rebuilt their communities around the cultivation and trade of the spices.
Vanilla and Saffron (#103H) Duration: 58:31 STEREO TVPG
Kate Humble visits Morocco and Spain to uncover the story of saffron, the world's most expensive spice. She joins a farmer and his family in the Atlas Mountains as they harvest their crop, and meets a man who conducts DNA tests to make sure the substance is genuine. Kate also heads to Paplanta in Mexico to learn about the history of vanilla, which was introduced to Europe by conquistador Hernan Cortes.