Wasabi and horseradish are often recommended as substitutes for each other and you may already be aware that wasabi is sometimes referred to as Japanese horseradish. Does this mean that they are the same thing? No, it does not. In fact, they have some differences that you should understand before choosing one over the other. […]
Garlic and ginger show up together in quite a few Asian recipes, which may lead those who are unfamiliar with these seasonings to confuse them or to believe that they are related. Garlic and ginger are known for bringing assertive, complex flavors to food and are widely available all over the world. That said, they […]
Chia seeds and hemp seeds are often listed alongside flax seeds as superfoods. If you are trying to choose between them, you will need to consider what each has to offer. Our chia seeds vs. hemp seeds SPICEography Showdown will show you how the two seeds compare to each other. Let’s break things down.
Long pepper and black pepper are close relatives; both belong to the Piperaceae family. As relatives, it makes sense that they would have a lot in common and they do; however, they also have some major differences. You will need to know what makes each spice unique when you are deciding between them. Let’s break […]
Both meringue powder and cream of tartar are useful ingredients that most serious bakers will have in their spice cabinets. Because both often show up in the same desserts, it is possible to confuse them if you are unaware of what they do and how they differ. We will take a look at meringue powder […]
Ascorbic and citric acids are two organic acids used as preservatives in canning and other culinary applications. Both are sometimes used in the same way and have a connection to citrus fruit, which makes it easy to get them confused but there are some crucial differences. In this SPICEography Showdown, we will look at what […]
Lemon balm and lemongrass are lemon-scented herbs that are often used to provide lemon and herbal notes in different foods. Aside from the fact that they both offer a lemon flavor, there are some significant differences between them. Consider the following SPICEography Showdown if you are trying to decide which of these herbs to use.
Both Madras and vindaloo curry powders clearly reflect the South Indian tradition of spice blends. They both consist of South Indian spices and are known for their peppery heat. Another quality that they both have in common is their European heritage—these are both spice blends formulated by Europeans using Indian ingredients. All that said, they […]
Lemon balm and mint are two herbs used all over the world in both savory and sweet preparations. Mint is the more common of the two herbs and you will probably have an easier time finding it in your local grocery store’s produce section when compared to the slightly more exotic lemon balm. However, neither […]
There are many varieties of brown sugar, but light and dark brown sugar are the best known easiest to find. Both are chemically similar and are made using the same processing methods; however, they are two completely different products. If you are faced with a choice between them, you will want to weigh their differences […]