Handbook of Spices, Seasonings, and Flavorings
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A spice is a seed , fruit , root , bark , or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring , coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs , which are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. Many spices have antimicrobial properties . This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases , and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. The spice trade developed throughout the Indian subcontinent  and Middle East by at earliest BCE with cinnamon and black pepper , and in East Asia with herbs and pepper.
Knowing how to use spices can greatly enhance the flavor of all your dishes. Our 3 useful infographics below break it all down in such a simple way. By Stephany Pando September 30, Read more about it here and see how you can become a flavoring pro and never cook a bland meal again! What makes spices so exciting? You as the cook are the artist and spices are your paints — they can bring a blank canvas or dish to life!