Herbs and spices add interest to food. They can also contain some medicinal
or health properties. So what is the difference between a spice and an herb? The difference is subtle. The
term spice is used to refer to a flavoring that is dried. A herb is any plant that does not have a woody stem and thus withers
away each year. The leaves of these plants can be used either dried or fresh to season foods. More often the ingredients
that we call spices are actually herbs. Our goal is use the name of the spice or herb and tell you how to use it.
For further information regarding which is which we refer you to the Internet.
- The next time you have the opportunity to give a bridal shower we suggest you host a
"spice party". Invite each guest to bring the bride a gift of their favorite spice along with a recipe using
that spice. You as the hostess could give the bride a framed herb/spice chart. The bride will love having a collection
of spices in her new kitchen and "tried and true" recipes from her friends. This should get her off to nice
start after the honeymoon.
- MINT (LAMIACEAE) FAMILY CONTAINS MORE HERBS USED IN FOOD THAN ANY OTHER FAMILY