Importance of Spices & Herbs in Kitchen Food
Have you ever envisaged any of the dishes you cook without salt, chili, pepper or any other spices? Will they have any taste, aroma, color or texture? The idea alone is logic-less. The answers boil down to one culinary fact- the importance of spices &herbs in kitchen food. “Spices” is a broad label that extensively includes herbal by-products extracted from leaves, flowers, roots, herbs or nuts etc and then grinded to fine granules or powder to be mixed with other ingredients. The worth of spices/ herbs can be analyzed from the fact that they add flavor, aesthetic, aromatic and therapeutic elements to your food. They tend to appeal to human senses and have a heritage of influencing cultures and societies through trade & daily usage. No cooking can be made zesty and savory without the inclusion of spices in recipes!
Paleo meal plan encompasses all these facts about spices and therefore has been supplemented with a gift Paleo in the form of its bonus book “Herbs & Spices”. In order to come up with a fine quality, tasty and health-friendly finished product of cooking, one needs to add, mix and season the dish with various spices in different proportions, which is only possible if the cook has a keen knowledge about them. This is exactly what “Paleo Herbs & Spices” book do. It is kind of an encyclopedia of the culinary world with comprehensive details about daily-used household spices. Aspects like herb’s family, color, size, apt dishes for usage, quantity to be added, taste, flavor, market availability and judging its quality by a single disposition or outlook have been covered. The medicinal & nutritious health benefits associated with various herbs and spices have also been mentioned thus making the cook capable of tailoring his own meals as per taste and health.
Spices tend to enhance the palatability and temptation of dull diets or spoiled foods. Spices bring the element of piquancy in flavors that not only trigger salivation but also promote digestion. At some places, rare exotic spices & herbs tend to add gustatory statements to class by creating a sumptuous banquet. Interestingly, therapeutic abilities of spices and herbs have also been identified and exploited by pharmaceutical companies. E.g. ginger improves digestion, cloves comfort sinews, mace prevents diarrhea, and cinnamon relives sore throats and the list is by no means exhaustive. Another important feature of spices is their use as food preservatives owing to their anti-microbial activity. No wonder these spices/ herbs are bliss for Food Processing Industries.
Paleo meal plan for instance propagates the idea of healthy eating habits incorporating natural ingredients. It is Paleo’s list of tempting spices/ herbs that add flavor to dishes lacking on other artificial flavorings. Spices not only exhilarate your taste buds but include an inspiring list of phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, minerals and essential oils. There is a diverse variety of spices to choose from e.g. pepper, cardamom, cassia, chile pepper, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, garlic. Ginger, horseradish, mustard, onion, saffron, sugar, tamarind, turmeric and on the other hand are innumerable herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme, sesame, bay leaves, lemon grass and so many more. Considering the aforementioned benefits of spices/ herbs, who would not want to use the Paleo’s glossary to use them as natural taste & quality enhancers?
For complete list of culinary herbs and spices visit Wikipedia