The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings by Elisabeth Lambert OrtizThe Spice Trade, A Taste of Adventure from The Economist is a fascinating accounting of how the history of the spice trade is the history of commerce and modern civilization. Spices, or the Dawn of the Modern Age from Tastes of Paradise , a social history of spices, stimulants and intoxicants. Spice Advice — how to make the most of spices, which spices to use with particular foods, when to add them, grinding, storage and more. Look here for some recent findings. All about Vanilla — and then some… history, curing, varieties, vanilla extract, essence, powder — even vanilla salt. How to cook with vanilla. Cooking with Thyme — Getting the most of thyme in your cooking — including varieties of thyme, preparation, infusions, fresh vs.
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Spice and herb
A spice is a seed , fruit , root , bark , or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring , coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs , which are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. Many spices have antimicrobial properties . This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases , and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. The spice trade developed throughout the Indian subcontinent  and Middle East by at earliest BCE with cinnamon and black pepper , and in East Asia with herbs and pepper. The Egyptians used herbs for mummification and their demand for exotic spices and herbs helped stimulate world trade.
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The Encyclopedia of Herbs Spices Flavorings
This is a list of culinary herbs and spices. Specifically these are food or drink additives of mostly botanical origin used in nutritionally insignificant quantities for flavoring or coloring. This list does not contain fictional plants such as aglaophotis , or recreational drugs such as tobacco. This list is not for plants used primarily for herbal teas , nor for purely medicinal plant products, such as valerian. Ancient Roman cuisine , Ancient Greek cuisine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barberry Berberis vulgaris and other Berberis spp.