I was out for a bit this early morning and it is so humid. It is soupy and warm. We are supposed to get rain showers and perhaps a thunderstorm. The weather reports make no mention of when the humidity will go away.

Sweet spices may be taken for granted today, but in the mid 1800s, they were not easy to come by. The prices could be too high for some spices, so that a family about to set out on the trail, couldn’t buy them.
I found five pictures of nutmeg. I have to show them to you. I didn’t know much about nutmeg, except it comes in a little container. There’s more to it than that. It’s grown in the United States as well as other countries. I don’t know how easily the families could get it for the trail or if they wanted to use it.

I’ll start with two maps.

Oregon Trail  by, National Park Service

NASA Topographical map of the Oregon Trail with the line drawn by Matthew Trump, Wikipedia Commons.

I want to show a couple pictures of covered wagons. It still amazes me that families packed up their worldly good in them ant got to Oregon.

By National Archives and Records Administration

By, Larry D. Parks, Wikipedia Commons

 All the rest of the pictures are from Wikipedia Commons. Here are the pictures of nutmeg.

Nutmeg on a tree  by, Joe Raw

By, W.A. Djatmilko

By, W. W. Djamilko

By, David Monniaux

By, Jorge Barrios

Two pictures of cinnamon. The first one is the sticks and the second is ground cinnamon.

By, photo8

By, The DeliciousLife

This is a picture of whole ginger  by, Masari66. It is from Pakistan and was very expensive.

The last picture is of baking powder  by, Terabyte. They used either this or baking soda. Baking soda and powder look alike. If you got them confused, you’d have to taste them. Of course, you’d have to know what each tasted like. They were used to make biscuits and such rise. Yeast is alive and if they had it, it had to be in the form of a starter dough. Not an easy thing to make or keep.

 

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