Now I don't know much about cookin', 'cept what tastes good ... BUT, you
might want to start at http://penzeys.com/
These folks sell a wide
variety of spices and the really nice thing is that they offer a bit of
history on practically everything they have.
It is worthwhile to order their printed catalog, if only for the history.
"All Manner of Replicas for Living History"
> My mom asked me to ask you guys if any of you know what type of
> spices would have been around in the 18 c. and how were they stored?
> Were the root plants ground up or kept as whole roots. Where they
> kept in little bags or glasses or what. Any help before this weekend
> would be awesome. Thanks