The Long Journey of the Aleppo Pepper | from The New York Times, by Tom Verde

“Early in the seven-year-old Syrian civil war, American imports of Syria’s signature dried, ground Aleppo chiles dropped drastically. The spice-trading city of the same name, where the fresh pepper was traditionally grown and processed, has been devastated in the fighting, which has destroyed lives and livelihoods. The conflict has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria, and displaced millions of people both inside and outside the country…”

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