At different times in history, and in different parts of the world, both salt and pepper have been used as currency. In the early years of the spice trade, which one was traded ounce-for-ounce for gold?
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[Last week's answer: Toponyms on the spice rack -- peppers named for their places of origin -- Cayenne (in French Guinea), piment d'Espelette (in France), Urfa pepper (in Turkey), Aleppo (also in Turkey). Several people guessed Szechuan pepper, which is a toponym, but is not a pepper.]
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