Spices are flavoured-aromatic substances used commonly as condiments and sometimes as preservatives.
Incidently, Cochin emerged as a historic port town just because it was the house of many and different spices. The first Europeans to claim Cochin as their own were the Portuguese, who landed at the Cochin harbor in 1500. The interest of all the colonial conquerors was the same – Spices.
Today, Fort Cochin is the heart for spice trading.