Herbs vs. Spices: Did You Know?

29 Jul

Did you know that herbs and spices are actually different?

Herbs and Spices

We often use the words herbs and spices interchangeably. This is likely due to the fact that both are used to add flavor to food. These flavorings, however, are slightly different. In culinary use, herbs are the leaves of plants (source) whereas spices are the bark, fruit, roots or seeds (source). Below is a list of the most common herbs and spices.

Herbs:
Basil
Bay leaf
Chervil
Chicory
Chives
Cilantro
Coriander (leaves)
Curry (leaves)
Dill (weeds)
Fenugreek (leaves)
Lavender
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Spearmint
Tarragon
Thyme
Wintergreen
Spices:
Allspice
Anise
Black pepper
Caraway
Cardamom
Cayenne pepper
Celery seed
Chili powder
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coriander (seeds)
Cumin
Curry powder
Dill (seeds)
Fennel
Fenugreek (seeds)
Ginger
Licorice root
Mace
Masala
Mustard
Nutmeg
Paprika
Saffron
Sumac
Turmeric
Vanilla

One Response to “Herbs vs. Spices: Did You Know?”

  1. Tim Barker August 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Thanks for the list. Actually, I did know the difference. Therefore the same plant can be a herb and spice. If coriander (seeds) is a spice, then the coriander leaf is a herb.

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