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Herbs and Spices Uses In our Daily Food.

Herbs and Spices Uses In our Daily Food.

Garlic 

Flavor
Garlic has a pungent, aromatic, mild to biting taste whenraw. The flavor mellows when it’s cooked.

Lore
Garlic was believed to inspire courage, which is why ancient Romans ate it before battle and Bolivian bullfighters carried it into the ring. Aristotle considered consuming garlicas a guard against hydrophobia, the fear of water. Folklore advises hanging whole bulbs around the neck to cure a cold.

In the Kitchen
Use garlic in tomato dishes, breads, soups, dips, sauces, and marinades, or with meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables.

 
Ginger

Flavor
Ginger has a sweet, fiery flavor.

Lore
In the 1800s, a tincture of ginger (produced by steeping an ounce of gingerroot over gentle heat in a pint of spirits for a
week) was an “expellant to purgative droughts” and a cure for seasickness.

In the Kitchen
Use ginger in pies, pickles, puddings, cookies, cakes, cheese dishes, salad dressings, and soups.

Mace

Flavor
Mace has a mild nutmeg flavor.

Lore
Mace is the dried aril (lacelike covering over the shell) of nutmeg; when fresh, it appears as pressed, flat blades. It is
most commonly used ground. Old recipes used mace sparingly (often with cherries) because it was quite precious.

In the Kitchen
Use mace in doughnuts and other baked goods,in sauces, and with chicken, creamed fish and other seafood, and fruits.

Oregano

Flavor
Oregano is reminiscent of thyme and zestier than marjoram.

Lore
Related to wild marjoram, oregano was used to cure “sour humours” that plagued elderly farmers. The name oregano is from the Greek words oros and ganos, meaning “joy of the mountain.”

In the Kitchen
Use oregano in any tomato dish, with summer squash or potatoes, in mushroom or bean dishes, or in a marinade for lamb or game.

Paprika
Flavor
Paprika has a tangy-sweet flavor.

Lore
Paprika is the national spice of Hungary and is essential to goulash and other meat stews. Hungarian paprika, made from the dried flesh of sweet red peppers, has a bright red color.

In the Kitchen
Use paprika in stews, salad dressings, and omelets, and with fish. 

Rosemary
Flavor Rosemary has a fresh, sweet flavor.

Lore
The word rosemary comes from the Latin words ros (dew) and marinus (sea). It is one of the most common plants on the hillsides
surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.Bathing in rosemary was believed to restore youth and clear the complexion.


In the Kitchen
Use rosemary in poultry, lamb, and tomato dishes; in soups and stews; and with vegetables. Try it finely chopped in breads and custards.

Thyme

Flavor

 

Thyme has a pleasant, pungent, clove flavor.

Lore
The Old Farmer’s Almanac once published this 15th-century folk remedy for headache: “Heat hillwort [thyme] and sysell [vinegar], and put it in your nostrils that the odor may go to the brain.”

In the Kitchen
Use thyme in casseroles, soups, stews, and ragouts, and with eggs, potatoes, fish, and green vegetables.

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