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Spice Guide

Spice Guide

Throughout history, spices have been a driver of trade, war, superstition and ultimately cuisine. Once a symbol of wealth and power, spices from around the world now bring depth and interest to everyday cooking. These essential spices should be staples in your pantry.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Earthy, Floral

Origin
Sri Lanka | Vietnam
Fun Fact
One of the world’s oldest spices (2800 BC), cinnamon was once so valued that it was traded as currency.
Surprising Pairing

Cinnamon & Oranges: Peel oranges and slice into wheels. Sprinkle with cinnamon for a classic light dessert from Morocco.

Recipe Tip

For a earthy and sweet note, try our Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Stuffing, which features our prized, world-class cinnamon.

Garlic

Garlic

Savory, Aromatic

Origin
Asia
Fun Fact
The average American consumes over 2 1/2 pounds of garlic annually.
Surprising Pairing

Garlic Powder & Popcorn: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon garlic powder over popcorn.

Recipe Tip

Give potatoes, like our Parsley and Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, a savory kick with a dash or two of garlic powder.

Black Pepper

Black Pepper

Floral, Spicy

Origin
India
Fun Fact
One of the first spices to be traded, black pepper was also discovered in the mummified body of pharaoh Ramses I.
Surprising Pairing

Give your favorite gingerbread recipe a kick by adding 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the spices.

Recipe Tip

Black pepper lends a peppery bite to dishes, such as our Peppery Bacon Cornbread Stuffing.

Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf

Gentle, Savory

Origin
MEDITERRANEAN
Fun Fact
Myrcene, part of the essential oils of many perfumes, can be extracted from bay leaves.
Surprising Pairing

Bay Leaf & Oil: Place 2 or 3 bay leaves in a jar, and cover with vegetable oil. The bay will lightly season the oil.

Recipe Tip

For a savory take on Chai Latte Tea, simmer bay leaf with ingredients

Oregano

Oregano

Earthy, Peppery

Origin
SOUTHERN EUROPE
Fun Fact
Oregano was popularized in the U.S. after WWII, as soldiers returned home from Italian battlefields.
Surprising Pairing

Oregano & Salad Dressing: Stir 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano into 1/2 cup of any non-creamy salad dressing.

Recipe Tip

This earthy, Italian spice shines in our savory Penne with Tomato and Herbs recipe.

Cloves

Cloves

Earthy, Sweet

Origin
SRI LANKA
Fun Fact
In the 3rd century BCE, a Chinese leader in the Han Dynastry required those who addressed him to chew cloves to freshen their breath.
Surprising Pairing

Cloves & Asian Curries: Add a pinch of dried cloves to any Asian curry recipe.

Recipe Tip

Cloves add a sweet, earthy note to our crunchy Sweet and Spicy Gingerbread Snack Mix.

Ginger

Ginger

Peppery, Sweet

Origin
PERU
Fun Fact
Ancient medical records indicate that ginger was used in teas, baths and chest compresses.
Surprising Pairing

Ginger & Chocolate: Stir 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger into your favorite hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix.

Recipe Tip

Spicy-sweet ginger lends well-rounded flavor in our Pineapple Juice with Ginger recipe.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Spicy, Clean

Origin
INDIA
Fun Fact
The term "cayenne" is often used to refer to any ground pepper, but true cayenne (which takes its name from the French Guinea city of Cayenne) is actually a particular type of chili pepper.
Surprising Pairing

Cayenne & Eggs: Add a pinch of cayenne to scrambled eggs, or lightly dust the yolks of fried eggs with cayenne.

Recipe Tip

Turn up the heat with cayenne, featured in our Spicy Michelada recipe.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Earthy, Peppery

Origin
INDIA
Fun Fact
Turmeric is best known as the spice that gives curry powder its distinctive color.
Surprising Pairing

Turmeric & Tea: Add 1/4 teaspoon to your favorite hot tea, then sweeten with honey.

Recipe Tip

Traditionally used in Indian fare, like our Garam Masala Lentil Soup with Coriander Yogurt recipe, turmeric adds peppery flavor to each bite.

Cumin

Cumin

Earthy, Smoky

Origin
MIDDLE EAST
Fun Fact
The ancient Greeks used cumin seed as a table condiment, much like we use pepper today.
Surprising Pairing

Cumin & Cheese: Sprinkle the cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich with ground cumin before cooking.

Recipe Tip

Used in Mexican cuisine, cumin adds a smoky, earthy note in our Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Paprika

Paprika

Sweet, Warm

Origin
EUROPE | WESTERN ASIA
Fun Fact
The brightest red peppers aren't the hottest. In fact, the lighter red and lighter brown are hotter than the bright varieties. For mildest flavor, choose the Spanish variety; for a bit more pizzazz, go Hungarian.
Surprising Pairing

Paprika & Mushrooms: Add 1 tsp. paprika to any sautéed mushroom recipe for rich color and sweet flavor.

Recipe Tip

For added color and warm flavor, paprika adds sweet heat in our Fiery Shrimp Jambalaya.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Warm, Sweet

Origin
INDONESIA
Fun Fact
Known as the seed that sparked the spice-trading race, the Portuguese Spanish and Dutch fought for control of nutmeg for over 300 hundred years.
Surprising Pairing

Nutmeg & Quiche: Add 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg to all your quiche batters.

Recipe Tip

Pumpkin Pie Parfait features a sweet, but warming nuance with the addition of nutmeg.

Basil

Basil

Sweet, Spicy

Origin
EGYPT
Fun Fact
In Europe, basil was commonly placed in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe journey.
Surprising Pairing

Basil & Vegetable Broth: Boil 1 quart vegetable broth with 1 tablespoon dried basil. Remove from heat and strain. Basil heightens the vegetable flavors.

Recipe Tip

Put a spicy-sweet spin on traditional grilled cheese with our Basil Pesto Grilled Cheese recipe.

Crushed Hot Ret Pepper

Crushed Hot Ret Pepper

Spicy

Origin
NORTHERN CHINA
Fun Fact
Ubiquitous in pizza restaurants in the U.S., crushed red pepper is typically a mixture of ancho, bell, cayenne and other red peppers.
Surprising Pairing

Pepper & Pineapple: Top thinly sliced fresh pineapple with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes and a drizzle of honey. Let stand 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Tip

These spicy pepper flakes add fiery heat in our Cajun Egg Skillet.

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Parsley Leaf

Parsley Leaf

Sweet, Spicy

Origin
ITALY | MEDITERRANEAN
Fun Fact
It's been said that parsley is to the Western world what cilantro (sometimes called Chinese parsley or Indian parsley) is to the Eastern world.
Surprising Pairing

Parsley & Chili: Add 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes to your favorite chili.

Recipe Tip

Traditional chicken alfredo gets a makeover thanks to spicy-sweet parsley in our Chicken Alfredo Pasta recipe.

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