How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

December 3, 2018 0 Comments

Fresh Herbs Dry Herbs Spices

A Simple Chart Describing Herbs & Spices & How to Use Them

Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly available herbs and spices.  These listings are by no means exhaustive.  Many of the spice plants are not native to the United States; in these cases, I provide the USDA hardiness zone information for reference alone.

The columns savory and sweet describe whether or not these herbs and spices goes well in savory or sweet dishes.


 Name Flavor Profile Assoc. Cuisine Savory Sweet Goes Well With
Basil Fresh, peppery & sweet Italian, Thai, Vietnamese Yes No Tomato, Citrus, Fowl
Bay Leaf Pungent, sharp, floral Indian, Mediterranean Yes No Meats, Fish, Soups, Stews
Chives Light, oniony French, Swedish Yes No Eggs, Cheese, Fish, Veggies
Cilantro Sharp, lemony Mexican, Middle Eastern Yes No Fowl, Citrus, Curries, Avocado
Dill Fresh, think carroway Eastern European, Russian Yes No Cucumbers, Beets, Fish
Marjoram Aromatic, bitter, citrusy Middle Eastern, French Yes No Fish, Lamb, Poultry, Veggies
Mint Bright, cooling, aromatic Middle Eastern, Indian, American Yes No Desserts, Lamb, Fish, Fruit
Oregano Pungent, aromatic, earthy Mediterranean, Italian, Latin Yes No Tomatoes, Meats, Eggplant
Parsley Fresh, green, bright Middle Eastern, American, European Yes No Soups, Stews, Beef, Chicken, Fish
Sage Pungent, peppery, minty Italian, Middle Eastern, British Yes No Pork, Veal, Poultry, Sausage
Thyme Earthy, subtle, lemony Lebanese Yes Yes Mushrooms



Name Flavor Profile Assoc. Cuisines Savory Sweet Goes Well With
Allspice Warm, sweet, clove, nutmeg British, American Yes Yes Jerk rubs, marinades, sausage
Cardamom Sweet, aromatic, cool, resinous Scandinavian, Asian, African Yes Yes Pastries, breads, curry, pickling
Cinnamon Warm, sweet, aromatic, spicy Mexican, Middle Eastern, European Yes Yes Lamb, pork, fruit,chutneys, baked goods
Coriander Warm, refreshing, sweet, citrusy Thai, South American, South Asian Yes Yes Curry, pork, pickling, sausage
Cumin Warm, earthy, pungent Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian Yes No Soups, stews, beans, curry, vegetables
Ginger Hot, aromatic, peppery-sweet Asian, Indian, European, Caribbean Yes Yes Curry, soups, stew, chicken, baked goods
Nutmeg Sweet, aromatic, warm, spicy Malaysian, Caribbean, Indian, Greek Yes Yes Vegetables, cream sauces, baked goods
Paprika Hot or sweet, smokey Turkish, Spanish, American, Latin Yes No Soups, stews, vegetables
Pepper Pungent, warm Almost Universal Yes Yes Meats, vegetables, baked goods, stews
Salt Salty Universal Yes Yes Everything
Turmeric Warm, pungent, slightly bitter Southeast Asia, Middle Eastern Yes No Curry, pickles, stews, vegetables, coloring


How NOT to Season Foods – Part 1

How NOT to Season Foods – Part 2

How NOT to Season with Salt




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