Pretty much every voyage in the Age of Exploration was financed by royalty demanding better-tasting food.1
I'm not saying that Portugal wouldn't have found India by now, but Europeans tired of lackluster food were glad navigator Vasco Da Gama came along when he did. Same thing for China and Marco Polo. And Indonesia and Ferdinand Magellan.
Anyway, many good men died in search of something to improve the crappy food of the day.
If only they could see what life is like now.
Wisconsin-based Penzeys Spices has opened a D.C.-area trading post on Rockville Pike.
All the spices of the world.
Right there in little canisters selling for $1.49.
And the aisles are not even very crowded.
1They demanded other stuff too, of course, like silk, slaves and religious converts.