This article shares all the most popular types of spices as well as their uses in food preparation and photos of each for easy identification. So, if you have been wondering about the various culinary spices, then this post is for you.
What are spices?
A spice can be either a seed, fruit, roots bark, powder or other plant substance that is used to add flavor and or color to dishes.
When it comes to making the best recipes, spices and herbs are a must. This massive list of spices will help you understand the various types of culinary spices a little more.
What are the top 10 most used spices?
Most used spices in the US are the spices that are the most imported and most produced in the US. These include vanilla beans, black pepper, white pepper, sesame seeds, cinnamon, mustard, oregano, capsicum peppers, dehydrated onion and garlic.
Tamarind powder is brown powder made from natural tamarind pulp that has been dehydrated and ground up to make this powder. Tamarind is native to tropical Africa.
Tamarind powder is brown in color and has a very sour, yet sweet, and little tangy flavor and is great for adding to chutney, certain sauces, curries and some other dishes.
Sumac is a spice made from the dried berries of the wild sumac flower. The berries used to make sumac spice are either red, purple or yellow is and make a tangy spice with no scent that is sour and acidic similar to lemon juice.
Sumac is great for adding to dressings, sauces, spice rubs, marinades and more.
Filé powder is a green powder that is popular in New-Orleans style cooking, that is made from grinding the dried leaves of the sassafras tree.
File powder is used to add savory earthy flavors and thickness to recipes like gumbos, soups and stews.
Fenugreek is a clover-like spice used in cooking for its sweet, nutty, yet bitter and tangy flavor. Fenugreek is used in chutneys, vegetables, salads, stews, curries, pickles, soups, lentil dishes and even desserts and other sweet recipes. This spice is also used in spice blends like garam masalas and for many dry rubs for meats.
Fenugreek is another type of spice worth knowing about. Fenugreek comes from the Fabaceae family and is native to the Mediterranean.
The fenugreek spice is nutty and also smells and tastes like maple syrup or burnt sugar. In its seed form and powdered form, fenugreek is considered a spice. While the fenugreek leaves are considered an herb.
Fenugreek seeds can be identified as being small hard yellow to brown hard seeds about 3mm long, that are oblong and grooved across one corner.
Garlic powder is a spice made from dried garlic that has been ground to make a powder
Garlic powder is a white-yellow colored spice and is great for adding to most savory recipes including stews, soups, spice blends etc.
Onion powder is made from dried ground onions and are great for just about anything!
Onion powder has a pungent flavor with hints of sweetness and hints of garlic and sulfur and works in seafoods, meats, dry rubs, marinades, casserole, vegetables and so much more!
Turmeric is another pungent spice. It is used in many Indian recipes and is made from grinding dried turmeric roots into a fine powder.
Turmeric imparts that bright yellow color to dishes and is used for adding to curries, yellow rice and even chicken recipes.
These are the different types of spices that are used for cooking. They come in all colors and flavors and will make any meal you make taste a lot better. And if you’re looking for a handy spice substitution chart with all those spices and substitute for them that you can download, click the link.