Herbs and spices. Spices and herbs. What’s the difference? What exactly is turmeric and why do I even own marjoram? Oh…and why aren’t we talking about salt?
While I’m not going to go on a huge educational crusade about herbs and spice, I did do a bit of research and came up with a printable chart that I think you’ll like. The chart includes a list of various (fairly common) herbs and spices, gives a description of their form and flavor, then shows you what type of dishes the herb or spice is best in. That way you can know what turmeric (a peppery, bitter spice used for chicken, fish and sauces) is and why you own marjoram (which is an herb that is a great deal like oregano)!
And why isn’t salt found anywhere on the list? Because it’s an element. It’s not an herb or a spice! Not to mention that pretty much everyone knows how to use it…
First, though, a quick education on the difference between an herb and a spice. While they both come from plants, an herb is the leafy portion of the plant (think of parsley and cilantro), and the spices come from anywhere else on the plant (the seed, root, flower, etc.). Yes, sometimes plants produce both herbs and spices that are very different in flavor and use. For instance, coriander (a spice) and cilantro (an herb) come from the same plant, but you can use coriander in some desserts…a place I’d never go with cilantro!
Want more info…check out the guide! (Which can be downloaded in color or black & white below.)
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So what do you think? Will this guide come in useful for you? I sure hope so! I know that it will for me. Did I leave anything out? Let me know!References: http://recipehut.homestead.com/spices.html http://www.realfood4realpeople.com/spice.html http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/herbs-and-spices-common-culinary/ http://www.spiceadvice.com/newsa/usage/chart.html http://www.gravityjanes.com/docs/PaleoSpices.pdf http://www.bettycrocker.com/tips/glossary-page http://www.spiceislands.com/SpiceEducation/HerbsVsSpices.aspx