Herb & Spices of the World

HERBS @SPICES OF THE WORLD NORTH AMERICA THYME: U.S.A • Thyme has been associated with strength and courage since ancient times. • One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain. AFRICA FENNEL SEEDS: EGYPT • Fennel symbolises longevity, courage, and strength. • Fennel is popular for preventing flatulence! TAMARIND: SUDAN • This spice condiment is also used as emulsifying agent in different pharmaceutical products. • Its pulp has been used in many traditional medicines as a laxative. EUROPE PAPRIKA: HUNGARY CAYENNE: FRENCH GUIANA • When studying the colour of paprika, the brightest red paprika is not the hottest! • Paprika in tins keeps better than in glass containers. • Studies have found that eating foods like cayenne actually help you with reducing fat! • Be careful not to have too much, as studies have found OMARJORAM CYPRUS that it can erode teeth. • Ancient Greeks planted it on graves because they believed it brought joy to the dead. • The essential oil along with that of Rosemary can be used to deter spider mites. PARSLEY: GREECE • There was an ancient belief that plucking parsley while saying one's enemy's name would kill said enemy. CUMIN: ISRAEL • The health benefits of parsley include controlling cancer, diabetes, and rheumatoid • Cumin makes up a large proportion of curry powder and chilli powder. arthritis. • The essential oil extracted from dried cumin seeds has a number of health benefits. CORIANDER: GREECE • Coriander is a stimulant of gastric secretion, as well as being antibacterial and anti-fungal. • All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and seeds are used most commonly. ASIA SAFFRON: IRAN • In the Middle Ages, one could be sentenced to the punishment of being buried alive if they tried to alter saffron. TARRAGON: MONGOLIA • Cleopatra used to use saffron as a type of cosmetic. • One of the signature herbs in French cooking, tarragon is a main player in the classic quartet known as 'fines herbes'. • Tarragon can be used as a mild sedative to help relieve anxiety and stress. O BASIL: INDIA • The herb found its way from India to Europe via the overland trade routes. • The fresh leaves are the parts mostly used but you may use the flower buds for garnish or in a salad. GİNGER: SOUTH CHINA • Ginger is said to stimulate gastric juices, and aids with colds and coughs. • Gingerbread was introduced in Europe by Armenian monk Gregory Nicopolis in 992 AD. - CINNAMON: SRI LANKA) NUTMEG: INDONESIA • Cinnamon (or Cinnamomum Verum) is a spice that originates from the bark of several trees. • The 'Cinnamon Challenge' has been labelled as dangerous! • In very large quantities nutmeg has a hallucinogenic effect. • Nutmeg was considered to be a precious cargo among Muslim sailors, including the fictional character Sinbad the Sailor! SOURCES fographic/

Herb & Spices of the World

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Herbs and Spices play a huge role in our everyday diet. Some of the most popular British and international dishes consist of one, or a number of herbs and spices that will add significant flavour. M...


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