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Jan 2, 2009 07:29 PM

Salt & Pepper

I wonder, does anyone know why salt and pepper are the staple seasonings? Why are they a fixture on most peoples tables?

Its kind of random, I know, but a friend and I were eating dinner and she asked. I decided if anyone would know, it'd be a hound.



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  1. I don't know about either.

    Since I have not much else to do I will speculate on salt.
    My guess would be because from almost the outset, it's been important for preserving meat. People probably found that it lent a pleasing taste as well.


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    1. re: Davwud

      Thanks! I wonder if anyone else will have further information. I know salt used to be very expensive and in some places was used as currency. Maybe it has to do with prosperity?

      1. Thanks! I'm interested in pepper too... that seems to be a less common inquiry.

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        1. re: marietinn

          At the risk of sounding glib, I think pepper is popular because it makes food taste better without overpowering the food's natural flavor.

          If I recall correctly, pepper was one the main spices transported in the spice trade routes between Europe and India.