Herb and Spice
Herbs and Spices
Welcome to this cool Hub Page that is all about herbs and spices and their many uses.
Here is where you'll find an overview style informational page concerning the many different herbs and spices that are in common use for culinary enhancement of flavour, aroma and overall improvement.
This is not about healing or health benefits of herbs and spices, but will just concentrate solely on their culinary uses in a variety of cooking styles. I also intend to be producing several spin-off hub pages from this main topic, which will be able to go into more detail about the individual herbs and spices, their properties, culinary uses from different cultures from around the world and as much additional associated details as I can find through extensive research. It is necessary to break them up into smaller, more digestible pieces as to do this on this page will make it far too long!
The main group of culinary herbs are those that fall into the the French "fines herbes" category as well as other commonly used flavour and aroma enhancing herbs.
To begin with, the main group of five "fines herbes" are:
Parsley, Chives, Tarragon, Marjoram and Chervil (Cicely may be added to these).
These herbs are used extensively in French cuisine and are regarded by the French (who, lets face it are the gastronomic champions of the world!) as absolutely essential.
Other popular herbs used in cooking include:
- Garlic Chives
- Lemon Balm (Melissa)
- Lemon Verbena
- Lemon Grass
- Savoury (Summer)
- Savoury (Winter)
These herbs find their way into a variety of dishes from soups and stews, to fish dishes, meat dishes, salads and hors d'oeuvres.
The following group of herbs are often used as potherbs and some of them are familiar weeds! These should not be discounted, as they actually make highly nutritious dishes from stews to soups and casseroles:
- Stinging Nettle
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but is meant to represent the more popularly used culinary herbs and potherbs.
Depending upon which style of cooking you do, or which type of dish you are attempting, the use of one, two or more spices can make a huge difference to the overall flavour and aroma of the dish.
Often it is the seeds of certain herbs that become have a dual role of both herb and spice, so each spice is noted herb seeds are used.
Here are some of the more common spices that we often use everyday and take for granted:
Pepper (black)Pepper (white), Salt, Mustard, Garlic, Ginger
Of the more adventurous, here are a list of culinary spices that are fairly commonly used:
- Caraway seed
- Fennel seed
- Juniper Berry
- Pomegranate seed
- Poppy seed
- Sesame seed
And here are the main group of spices used in Indian cooking, which is extremely popular in the UK:
- Coriander seed
- Cardamom pod
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cumin seed
- Fenugreek seed
- Star Anise
While this list is not exhaustive, it is meant to show the more common spices that are used in cooking. For a great generic Indian Curry Recipe using many of the above spices, my first spice specific hub page is up and running at Indian Spice.
Herbs and Spices for Cooking
Here I'll divide up the herbs and spices and place them into their respective main uses for cooking certain dishes:
Pork: Parsley, Sage, Thyme, Mustard
Beef: Horseradish, Mustard, Pepper (black or white), Garlic, Thyme
Lamb: Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Garlic
Chicken: Garlic, Mustard, Pepper (black)
Fish: Lemon Balm, Parsley, Thyme
Vegetables: Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mint,
Salads: Borage, Nasturtium, Mint, Lemon Balm, Sorrel, Chives, Garlic Chives
Pasta: Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Mint, Chives, Pepper (black)
Puddings: Anise, Cardamom, Angelica, Lovage
This is meant as a simple overview with more hub pages planned that will go into much more detail with the herbs, spices and their uses with different dishes. In the meantime, there is a good information resource that is building up nicely with a fuller description of each herb and spice at Spice Nest. It's my main spicey site that I'm slao building into an authority on herbs and spices so until I can get my proposed batch of hub pages up and running (it all takes time, you know!) that is a good starting point.
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