Different Kinds of Spices, and What They’re Used For
For centuries, spices have been used to add flavor to food, and today, we add spices to a huge number of meals.
5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you where and when to use certain spices.
The difference between herbs and spices
A lot of people see no difference between the terms “spices” and “herbs,” even though they are, indeed, quite different. Spices are used to add flavor to food. Herbs are the leaves, flowers, and stems used in cooking.
Most of the time, spices are dried, and herbs can be used both fresh and dried.
Allspice got its name thanks to the rich taste that results when combining cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. It’s the unripe berry of the tree called myrtle pepper.
This pepper is used in desserts and meals of the North American, European, and Arab cuisines.
Where to use it: in lots of meals as the main spice.
Where to use it: curry, marinades, sauces, and many Latin American meals.
Where to use it: ice cream, desserts, pastries, and drinks.
Where to use it: desserts, pastries, hot and cold drinks, and for preserving.
Clove is a dried bud of the clove tree. The spice has a rich bittersweet flavor and a sweet taste.
Whole buds are often used in curries and drinks, and young cloves are used in sweet desserts. Cloves can be combined with cinnamon, black pepper and allspice, anise, and cumin.
Where to use it: curry, marinades, sauces, and sweet desserts.
Ginger is a plant often used in cooking. Thanks to its bold peppery flavor and lemon notes, it’s perfectly combined with a lot of different meals and is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.
Fresh and dried ginger roots are used along with ginger powder.
Where to use it: soups, stews, rice, and other side dishes.
Where to use it: soups, stews, pastries, meat, salads, and side dishes.
Mustard is one of the oldest spices people have used to make different meals tastier. Mustard seeds are often used ground or whole. Mustard seeds are widely used in Indian, Mediterranean, Asian, and African meals.
Where to use it: meat, vegetables, cheese, sauces, soups, marinades, and as an addition to sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. To make 454 grams of saffron, you need 75,000 flowers.
Saffron has a flowery, sweet taste and a honey flavor that can be really bold, which is why it’s used in very small quantities.
Cardamon is a universal spice used in lots of meals, drinks, and sweets. It has bold citrus, pepper, and sweet flavors that can be a great addition to sweet and salty meals.
There are 2 kinds of cardamon. Green cardamon that has a light and sweet flavor is used more often. It’s used to add to desserts and sweet drinks. Black cardamon, with its smoky flavor, is often used in rice and curry. It can be used powdered and as whole seeds.
Where to use it: pastries, sweets, curries, drinks, and side dishes.
Coriander seeds can be used as whole seeds or ground. They have a citrus-nutty taste that is often valued in Chinese, Indian, and South-Asian cuisines.
✅ To increase the taste and smell of coriander, you can fry the seeds on a dry frying pan with other spices. It will release the essential oils.
Where to use it: curries and chicken dishes.
This spice has a nutty taste with earthy notes. Cumin seeds can be used in cooking as whole seeds or powdered with other spices. It’s popular in Asian, African, Mexican, and Indian cuisines.
Where to use it: stews, soups, sauces, pastries, and marinades.