Differences between Spices and Herbs
For the most part, chefs use the terms "spices and herbs" interchangeably, but there are differences. Spices that originate in tropical or sub-tropical climates and are fragrant or aromatic parts of plants include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or pepper. Herbs are derived from green leaves and often grow in temperate climates. Common herbs are mint, rosemary, and thyme.
The American Spice Company sells herbs made from both fresh and dried leaves, while many of our spices curate from seeds, bark, fruit, flowers, and roots. Use herbs in cooking, aromatherapy, medicines, and cosmetics. Step into our Great American Spice store and the first comment you’ll make is, "Wow. I’m in spice heaven!"
List of Spices and Herbs
So, what are some of the most common spices and herbs and their uses? We’ve created the below list as a guide:
Oregano – Sprinkle it over pizza and spaghetti.
Basil – This is the crucial ingredient in pesto sauce.
Thyme – There’s never enough time to use thyme.
Spearmint Leaves – Try a mint julep on Derby Day.
Parsley – Use it as garnish.
Rosemary – Rub turkey or chicken with butter and Rosemary and broil.
Cinnamon – Sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream or lattes.
Ginger – Stir-fry beef with ginger.
Cloves- Hide the fishy smells of seafood with cloves.
Nutmeg- It’s essential in egg nog and pumpkin pies.
Saffron- Sweeten your teas.
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Spices and Herbs Flavor Ideas
Take your family on a culinary journey by using exotic spices and herbs during “around-the-world” themed nights. Cook exotic cuisines each weekend. You'll acquire new recipes and they'll learn about other cultures.
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