Fragrant Spices
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Every year, when the summer draws to a close, the Nuremberg streets and squares are filled with a special scent: gingerbread time has begun. Spices from around the world are combined to create that unique gingerbread aroma.

In the Middle Ages, as the long and difficult transport routes made the ingredients luxury goods, wafer-based gingerbread was considered a delicacy for special occasions. The ingredients reached Nuremberg via the famous spice routes. As early as 1441 the city employed state spice inspectors at its gates. These closely monitored the quality of the spices. Only the very best was allowed to enter the city and reach the gingerbread bakers, who carefully harmonised this wide variety of spices to produce this world famous speciality.

One can still taste the exotic spices from all corners of the globe in wafer-based gingerbread: aniseed, cloves, ginger, cardamom, mace, coriander, allspice, candied orange and lemon peel and cinnamon. Almonds and other nuts are also added. (Spice Guide)

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