What’s the difference between Herbs & Spices?

  • An herb consists of a plant’s leaves, while spices are from any other part of the plant including the roots, stems, flowers or seeds. 
  • Woody herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme maintain much of their volatile oils when dried. Their flavour can become intensified compared to fresh herbs.
  • Delicate herbs such as Chives and Parsley lose much of their volatile oils during the drying process.  Dried varieties are mostly added for appearance. 
  • Curry powder is actually a blend of up to a dozen different spices. Its colour can vary greatly from bright yellow to a red-brown colour. 
  • Coriander and Cilantro are two different names for the same herb. The plant also produces a seed.
  • The flavour of the spice Anise is very similar to that of licorice. 
  • Spices should be stored in a dark cupboard or storeroom to ensure maximum freshness.  Light from the sun or UV lights can be especially damaging.
  • Most dried spices maintain their flavour for at least 1 year in a sealed container, away from direct sunlight.
  • Continued exposure to heat, such as a hot room, can cause spices and herbs to lose their flavour and colour.

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