Oregano

Oregano: The Staple Herb That Packs a Punch

Ever since US soldiers returned from World War II with a special affinity for what they referred to as “the pizza herb”, oregano has been a staple on spice racks across America. In other countries, oregano has been an important culinary and medicinal herb for centuries. Oregano is a member …

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Thyme

Thyme: A Truly Timeless Ancient Herb

Thyme is an ancient evergreen herb that has been renowned for its myriad uses for thousands and thousands of years. In addition to its value as a culinary herb, it is also known for uses both medicinal and ornamental. It is a member of the mint family and a relative …

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Cardamom

Cardamom: Festive Flavoring of the East

Aromatic cardamom is a spice made from the combined ground seeds of several plants that are native to India. In countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Indonesia, cardamom grows wild throughout the countryside. Today, Guatemala is the world’s largest producer, followed by India and Sri Lanka.  Cardamom flavor profile …

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Substitute For Cloves

What’s A Good Substitute for Cloves?

There are many popular recipes out there that call for the addition of cloves. With a powerful and distinctive flavor, this potent spice is often the one key component that gives a dish the boost it needs to go from ordinary to extraordinary. Cloves are common enough that it’s typical …

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Garam Masala

Garam Masala: India’s Most Complex & Healthful Spice Blend

Garam Masala is a complex blend of many spices that originated in Northern India. While it was first used during the cold winters to help warm all those who enjoyed it, it quickly gained popular and is now a staple of traditional Indian cuisine. Translated, Garam Masala means “hot spices”. …

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Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence: Flavors of the French Countryside

Origin of Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence (or “Herbs of Provence”) is a mixture consisting of common herbs native to the Provence region in southeast France.

As French cuisine gained popularity in the U.S. and abroad during the 1970’s, commercial herb blends bearing the name “Herbes de Provence” began to become available. However, these mixtures typically come from North Africa, China, and Central and eastern Europe—not from France.

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Coriander vs Cumin

Coriander Vs. Cumin: SPICEography Showdown

Complementary spices square off…

Few spices pair as well as coriander and cumin. With flavors that complement each other so beautifully, it’s no wonder that these two spices are often used together. Not only does this dynamic duo play a starring role in various dishes, but it’s not unusual for one of these spices to be mistaken for the other.

In this spice versus spice showdown, you can examine these spices from a few key angles and determine how coriander and cumin really measure up!

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