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Black Pepper is the most popular spice in the world
Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world
By weight, Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.
Vanilla Bean and Cardamom are expensive spices too. Both are hand-harvested and require much manual labor.
Nutmeg is not a nut. It is the seed/pit of a fruit.
The outer lacy covering (aril) on Nutmeg is called mace blade. When in the ground powder form, it is just called "mace"
Cilantro and Coriander are from the same plant. Cilantro is the leaf, and coriander is the seed.
There are almost one million seeds in one pound of Poppy Seeds.