HERBS & SPICES

Herbs and spices are used to flavor food. Herbs are plants lacking permanent woody stems and are valued for qualities such as medicinal properties, flavor and scent. Spices are made from vegetative substances such as seeds, roots and barks.
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How Cinnamon Works

Many people think of cinnamon simply as a condiment that makes sweet treats taste even better, but the spice has had many, diverse uses over time. Could it have some medicinal properties, too?

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  • Sesame

    Sesame

    Sesame, an annual herb native to tropical Asia and Africa. There are about 30 species of sesame, but only one is cultivated, primarily for its seeds. See more »

  • Spearmint

    Spearmint

    Spearmint, a perennial, aromatic herb native to the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. See more »

  • Balm

    Balm

    Balm, a perennial sweet herb belonging to the mint family. It is also known as bee balm and, because of the aromatic lemon flavor of its leaves, lemon balm. See more »

  • Calendula

    Calendula

    Calendula, or Pot Marigold, a flower of the composite family. The calendula is a popular garden and house plant. See more »

  • Caraway

    Caraway

    Caraway, an herb grown chiefly for its spicy fruits. It is native to Europe, and is cultivated there and in the United States. See more »

  • Cardamom

    Cardamom

    Cardamom, or Cardamon, a fragrant tropical herb; also, its fruit and seeds. The plant grows to a height of 10 feet (3 m) and bears leaves that are 2 feet (60 cm) long. See more »

  • Catnip

    Catnip

    Catnip, or Catmint, a plant of the mint family. It originally came from Europe, and now is found throughout North America in shady spots around farm buildings and under pasture fences. See more »

  • Chervil

    Chervil

    Chervil, the name given to two types of edible plants of the carrot family. Both have small white flowers clustered at the ends of several stems. See more »

  • Cineraria

    Cineraria

    Cineraria, a perennial herb cultivated for its flowers and foliage. The flowers are purplish-red and the leaves are oval-shaped, hairy, and gray. See more »

  • Coriander

    Coriander

    Coriander, a plant of the parsley family. It grows one to three feet (30 to 90 cm) tall, with feathery leaves. See more »

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