Black pepper

Black pepper

Ground black pepper is another item, like ground cinnamon, that is practically indistinguishable in powder form. Researchers have found papaya seeds, juniper berries, pepper stems, and chaff al lurking in what claims to be black pepper.

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Balsamic vinegar

Traditional balsamic vinegar is aged in oak casks for years and, like wine must adhere to strict codes. Except, that now that it's become more popular, it's also become easily faked, with added sugar and caramel coloring.

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