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Herb & Spice Chart


 Here are some uses for various herbs and spices. There are of course many other uses than stated in this chart. We hope you find this useful. Learn to use common herbs and spices like Rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic, sage, cumin, and others in this site.



Name

Form

Flavor & Aroma

Common Uses

Country/Origin

Allspice

whole, ground

clove,cinnamon, nutmeg

meat broths, fruitcakes, pies, pickling

Jamaica, Mexico, Central, S. America

Anise seed

whole, ground

licorice-like, sweet aromatic

baked sweet breads, cookies, cakes,compotes

Spain, Mexico

Basil

whole(fresh),dried,crushed

mild anise with slight mint aftertaste

soups,tomato base sauces,pesto, vegetables, pastas

U.S., North Mediteranian area

Bay Leaf

whole

somewhat pungent, aromatic

soups, stews, fish, potatoes

Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Yugoslavia

Caraway seed

whole

tangy

cheese spreads, cakes, stews, broths, sauerkraut, rye breads

Netherlands

Cardamom seed

whole, ground

ginger relative, aromatic

baked goods, cakes, cookies, pies, pastry

India, Guatemala

Cayenne pepper

whole, ground

very hot & pungent

eggs, meat, fish, sauces, vegetables

U.S., Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Africa

Celery seed

whole, ground

slightly bitter,warm taste

soups, rolls, stews, salads, dressings

India, France

Chervil

whole

tarragon & licorice taste

soups, salads, omelets

U.S., France

Chives

fresh , freeze dried

onion family

casseroles, any dish  calling for onion

U.S., Europe

Cinnamon

whole stick, ground

pungent & sweet

Baked goods, pies, desserts, soups, apple recipes

Indonesia, South Vietnam

Cloves

whole, ground

hot & aromatic

baked goods, cookies, ham and fresh pork, squash, pickled fruit

Madagascar, Tanzania

Coriander seed

whole, ground

soft, fragrant, parsley family

baked goods, cakes, cookies, pies

Morocco, Romania, Argentina, France, Yugoslavia

Cumin seed

whole, ground

caraway-like

chili, Mexican dishes, pork, sauerkraut dishes

Egypt, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco

Dill,seed or weed

whole

aromatic, light sour

pickling, salads, salmon, sauces,

India, U.S.

Fennel seed

whole, ground

anise-like, aromatic

meats, seafoods, vegetables, zucchini and tomatoes

Romania, Argentina, India

Ginger

whole, ground

spicey, sweet

soups, stir fry, chutneys, baked goods, desserts

India, Jamaica, Nigeria,

Mace(outer cover of nutmeg)

whole, ground

nutmeg aroma, less sweet

seafood sauces, pound cake

Indonesia, West Indies

Marjoram

whole, ground

sage substitute, sweet & spicy

lamb and chicken recipes,hot vegetables,tomato base sauces

U.S., France, Portugal, Greece

Garlic

pungent, aromatic, strong

whole, ground, granulated

soups, casseroles, roasts, vegetables, steaks, chops, fish, breads, where onions are used

Central Asia

Mint

whole

sweet aroma, cool taste

lamb, desserts, chocolate recipes,

U.S., Germany, France, Belgium

Mustard

whole, ground

hot, pungent

cooked carrots, meats, poultry dishes, salads, pickles

U.S., Canada, Netherlands

Nutmeg

whole, ground

sweet, soft aroma

apple desserts, squash, vegetables, french toast

Indonesia, West Indies

Oregano

whole, ground

sweet, slightly bitter, strong

Italian dishes, tomato base sauces, breads, soups, casseroles

Dominican Republic, Mexico, Greece, Turkey

Paprika

ground

sweet, hot

soups, fish, meats, casseroles, salads, deviled eggs

U.S., Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Morocco

Parsley

fresh, dried

sweet flavor

soups, dips, herb butters, salads, dressings, breath freshener

U.S.

Pepper(white and black)

whole, ground

black pepper is pungent, white is hot for cooking,core of the peppercorn

soups, meats, fish, poultry, salads, vegetables, dips

India, Indonesia, Brazil, Maylaysia

Poppy seed

whole

nut like taste

baked goods, desserts, rolls, tea rings, salads

Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, Argentina, Netherlands

Rosemary

whole, ground

piney, sweet, aromatic

roasts, soups, poultry, sauces, potatoes, vegetables

U.S., France, Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia

Sage

whole, rubbed, ground

fragrant, aromatic, slightly bitter

stuffings, soups, poultry, pork, fish

Yugoslavia, U.S.

Saffron

whole

pleasantly bitter

breads, rice

Spain, Portugal

Savory

whole

aromatic, pungent

soups, cheese spreads, meatloaf, fried chicken

France, Spain

Sesame seed

whole

nut-like when toasted

cream soups, breads, buns, stir fry, poultry, Chinese dishes

U.S., Nicaragua, Etheopia, Egypt, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico,

Tarragon

whole

bitter-sweet, anise-like, aromatic

chicken, seafood, beef, sauces, egg salad

U.S., France, Yugoslavia

Thyme

whole, ground

strong, clove-like, warm

poultry dishes, chowders, asparagus, creole dishes, salads, dressings

U.S. Spain, France

Turmeric

ground

warm, sweet, substitute for saffron

egg, chicken, fish , and shellfish recipes, rice, macaroni, stir fry

India, Jamaica, Peru, Haiti

We hope you can get some insight of the various herbs and spices and their uses. We will add items to this list as we can. Thank you for visiting our site.