Why are there more references to clove and nutmeg in medieval European texts than in Old Javanese ones?

Fig. 1 — A map showing most of Afro-Eurasia, with the locations of Java, (North) Maluku (where cloves came from), and Banda (where nutmeg came from) labelled in white.

Clove in Old Javanese

Fig. 2 — The Banda Islands (“nusa Ba(n)dan”) in the fifteenth-century Old Sundanese narrative poem “Bujangga Manik” (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Jav. b.3. (R), f.24r).

Cloves and Nutmeg in Malay

Fig. 3 — An excerpt from the Hikayat Raja Pasai — London, Royal Asiatic Society Library, MS Raffles Malay №67, p.132 [١٣٢].

Cloves and Nutmeg in Medieval Europe

Fig. 4 — A collage of the words for ‘clove’ and ‘nutmeg’ in various medieval European manuscripts in various languages. Almost all of these have featured on the blog at some point (but if there are any you can’t identify leave a comment and let me know!).
Fig. 5 — The bit on Indonesian spices in the Tale of Sir Thopas from the Hengwrt Chaucer. Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 392D, f.214r.
Fig. 6 — The same section in the Haistwell Chaucer, a manuscript of the Canterbury Tales dating to the second quarter of the fifteenth century. London, British Library, Egerton MS 2726, f.181r.
Fig. 7 — And again in a manuscript of the Canterbury Tales also dating to the second quarter of the fifteenth century. London, British Library, Egerton MS 2863, f.149r.

Why?

Why Is This Interesting?

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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