Writings in ancient medical texts dating back 3000 years showed how spices like turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, ginger, and pepper (to name a few) were used for therapeutic value.
Believe it or not, in ancient times, spices were often more precious than gold. There were even wars over them, kingdoms lost over them, and new frontiers discovered because of spices.
Come in and browse our selection of culinary herbs and try adding some new ones to your food repertoire. We have a nice variety to help stock your kitchen cabinet.
What is a spice? How to herbs and spices differ?
The two terms, herbs and spices, are often used interchangeably.
Herbs are more fragrant when fresh, whereas spices often are stronger as dried powders. Herbs are the fragrant leaves of plants that do not have woody stems, such as thyme, oregano, peppermint, etc. Most often the plants are of the temperate climate zone.
Spices are the barks, berries, fruits, roots and stems of all kinds of plants. Most often these are of tropical origin, such as cloves, nutmeg and pepper. Curry is a mixture of spices.
TIPS FOR USING CULINARY HERBS:
- Set up a good herb and spice cabinet and season your food liberally to double or tripple the medicinal value in your meal.
- Spices can turbo boost your food’s nutritional value.
- By adding spices to your food, you will get tons of benefits and no harmful side effects.
- Herbs and spices add remarkable differences in both flavor and health benefits.
- Listen to your body; it is designed to give you the feedback that you need to make the right choices. If you find yourself drawn to a particular flavor, there is likely a reason.