Herbs, Spices, Aromatics &
A Quick Introduction to Herbs, Spices and
In the context of this site we mean that herbs, spices and aromatics
are the leaves, stems, seed, flowers or other derivatives of plants that
have a use as a food ingredient. Most commonly herbs and spices are used
to add colour, flavour and aroma to either a cooked or cold dish. Herbs
are sometimes used as the main body of a dish or are sometimes used in
smaller quanties to accentuate other flavours. Spices on the other hand
tend to be used more sparingly as the flavours are more concentrated, and
also in conjunction with other spices and herbs to give the characteristic
blends and flavours to regional and ethnic cuisine.
Use herbs and other plants with aromatic foliage to
fill the air with pungent aroma during the summer months. Many ornamental
forms have attractive flowers too and can be used to add a splash of
colour to beds and borders. A few low-growing varieties, such as
mat-forming thymes, can be planted in paving to release their fragrance
underfoot. Many plants with aromatic foliage release their aroma after
physical contact so plant them near to the front of the border where they can be touched or lightly
brushed by passers by.
As an aside we also draw reference to the proven or alleged medicinal
properties of many herbs and spices.