Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Certain things are always found in pairs: shoes, peanut butter & jelly, Fred Astaire/Ginger Rodgers, hydrogen atoms, yin & yang. Salt & pepper. Ubiquitous. Inexpensive. They compliment each other well. But it was not always thus. Until recently they were rare & valuable commodities. Though they have varied origins their modern day relationship is in tandem.
Since before history, salt & pepper have been objects of desire. The matchup began in the days when salting was the only way to preserve meat & fish. Pepper was added to make the salty food more palatable. Besides being condiments, they were used as currency, even salaries. Over time trade routes were established, cities were founded & continents were discovered to satisfy the taste.