The Spice Trail: food and flavours from Southeast Asia
The Raffles Family Collection contains over 150 natural history and topographical drawings from Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as family correspondence and papers, and an important collection of diplomatic letters in Malay. It was acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and other benefactors.
The watercolours shown here are probably by Chinese artists based in Sumatra or Penang during the early 19th century.
These fruits, herbs and spices are central to the cuisine and culture of Southeast Asia. In 2010, young Malaysians based in London set out on a spice trail, collecting memories, recipes and folk wisdom of how these plants are used. Find out more
Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merrill & L.M. Perry
Durio zibethinus L., Malvaceae (Bombacaceae)
Unidentified ginger from Sumatra, Zingiberaceae
Myristica fragrans Houttuyn, Myristicaceae
Freycinetia sumatrana Hemsley, Pandanaceae
Parkia speciosa Hasskarl, Leguminosae
Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill, Bromeliaceae
Curcuma zanthorrhiza Roxburgh, Zingiberaceae