Catmint and catnip both belong to the Lamiaceae family and have quite a few things in common as evidenced by the cat prefix that they share. The two names are also commonly confused as many people believe that they refer to a single herb. That said, catmint and catnip are two quite different herbs that […]
Italian parsley and curly parsley have been the quintessential garnishing herbs in Western cuisine. There was a time not too long ago when a chopped parsley garnish seemed essential for fine dining dishes. These days, most cooks agree that garnishes should do more than make your dish pretty. When it comes to the two parsleys, […]
Arugula and spinach are two healthy and versatile greens that you can use raw or cooked. While they have similarities, it is best not to swap them out in a recipe without learning more about their characteristics. Learn more about how arugula compares to spinach in the SPICEography Showdown below.
Milk thistle and dandelion root both have a long history of being used as medicine and for food. Although they both have strong reputations for improving the health of the liver, they are very different herbs. If you are facing a choice between one or the other, read the following milk thistle vs. dandelion root […]
Dandelions are a flowering plant from Europe that might be better known to most people as a weed. What might be surprising to some is that the plant is valuable as both a vegetable and for its health benefits. You can eat all parts of the dandelion plant, including the root and the leaves. While […]
Garlic chives and chives both belong to the same family. These two Alliums share some visual similarities and are used only in savory dishes. Beyond that, they have some considerable differences despite the fact they both have chives in their name. If you want to know more about how these herbs stack up against each […]
Basil and parsley are two herbs that are well known for adding color and flavor to European-style dishes. While similar in a few ways, they have some very different qualities and applications. Familiarize yourself with basil and parsley by reading the SPICEography Showdown below.
While flat leaf and Italian parsley sound like names for two varieties of parsley, they actually two names for the same one. There are only two main varieties of parsley — one variety commonly known as flat leaf (AKA Italian) parsley and the other variety known as curly leaf parsley. These are the only two […]
When comparing coriander and parsley, it is important to remember how the word coriander is sometimes used. There are two ingredients called coriander that might show up in a cook’s spice cabinet: coriander seed and coriander herb. Both are commonly shortened to simply coriander. Coriander seeds are the coriander plant’s dried berries, while the coriander […]
Hyssop and lavender both belong to the Lamiaceae family, which makes them relatives of mint. As a result, they have a lot in common with each other and with other members of the Lamiaceae family like basil and like rosemary. Despite their commonalities, you should not simply switch them out in a recipe without learning […]