Want to master your spice cupboard or herb garden and not sure where to start? Let us help you unravel a new culinary world with these 7 simple lists of herbs and spices that will add depth, flavour, texture and colour to your food, as well as taking you on an exotic journey around the globe.
You're probably familiar with the name and qualities of these nine well known blends of spices, but can you name the individual spices in each blend? For example, did you know that Garam Masala and Ras el Hanout are each made up of nine different spices or that chilli powder contains four? Traditional Herbs de Provence includes six different herby leaves that bring that classic Mediterranean flavour to meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Test your knowledge and fill in the gaps by looking at thechart of 8 popular spice blends below.
This great infographic links spices to their origin around the worldand lists some of the health benefits and minerals they can provide. There are some old favourites, such as Chinese Five Spice and Curry Powder, as well as the more unusual Khmeli Suneli, a blend of fenugreek, coriander, savoury and black peppercorns popular in Georgia, and Advieh, a mixture of dried rose metals and spices often used to flavour Persian stews. The infographic also offers some tips on how best to store your spices to ensure they stay fresh and tasty.
Instead of reaching into the medicine cabinet next time you're sick, what about the herb garden? This infographic is a great source of information on 10 herbs, from how to cook with them to which physical complaint they'll tackle. Herbs aren’t just about adding flavour in the kitchen: mint is thought to ease intestinal spasms, oregano can help during menstruation and basil can even cheer you up when you’re feeling down.
Looking to get a better understanding of the basics of herbs? This guide is a great starting point, taking you through the 10 herbs most commonly found in the kitchen and how to best use them. Getting back to basics, it offers useful tips on which leaves to pair with which dishes.
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