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The Pantry Quiz #48

Chinese five-spice powder.

Multiple choice

In many parts of the world, spice blends are the hallmark of distinctive regional cuisines. In my pantry, I keep many spice blends, including ras-el hanout, baharat, and the one I use most often, chili powder.

Which of the following ingredients is common to four-spice (French), five-spice (Chinese), and seven-spice (Japanese)?

1. Cinnamon
2. Cloves
3. Black pepper
4. None of the above


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have these ingredients in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Cashews are native to Brazil, though cultivated now in India and other countries. The other statements are true.]

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d. none of the above

D. None.


Clove and cinnamon in 5-spice, clove in 4-spice, but none in 7-spice. Wonder how a sweet spice would go with it?

clove? I have this spice and love it for unusual flavored grilled food but I am resisting the urge to cheat and look!

I would have to say none of the above. Depending on what source used, the only common thread in each of these blends was possibly ginger. They each had peppercorns, but they were of different varieties. There were slight differences in blend contents depending on which supplier of herbs and spices was used.

#4. I don't have any of them in my pantry.

Im going to say none of the above.

I feel compelled to spout gibberish to cover up the fact that I've no idea. I think I have Chinese Five Spice Powder, a lil bottle from Penzey's, in the spice drawer. I know I've got Penzey's Star Anise there.
I look forward to these quizzes, Lydia!

black pepper

Truthfully I have no clue about this one!

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