Herbs and Spices: Enhance the flavor of food

Herb or Spice Description Use To Enhance
Basil A herb with a sweet, clove like taste Italian foods, especially tomatoes, tomato sauces, pasta, chicken, fish and shellfish
Bay Leaf A pungent, woodsy herb with a slight cinnamon taste Bean or meat stews and soups
Caraway Seeds with a nutty, licorice flavor Cooked vegetables such as beets, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, turnips and winter squash
Chervil A herb in the parsley family with a subtle flavor of licorice and lemon French cuisine, fish, shellfish, chicken, peas, green beans, tomatoes and salad greens
Chili Powder A commercial mix of ground chili peppers, cumin, oregano, and other herbs and spices.  Bean or meat stews and soups, chicken
Chives A member of the onion family,, with long, hollow green stems and a milk onion flavor Sauces, soups, baked potates, salads, omelets, pasta, seafood and meat
Cilantro A herb with a lively, citrusy, evergreen like flavor Mexican, Latin American and Asian cuisine, rice, beans, fish, shellfish, chicken, vegetables, salsas and salads
Curry A combination of spices that can include cumin, pepper, chili, peppers, ginger, onion, cinnamon, paprika, tumeric, cilantro Indian or southeast asian cuisine, meat based dishes and soups, fish, green beans, summer squash
Dill (fresh) A herb with a mild sweet but tangy flavor Seafood, chicken, yogurt, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and beets
Dill (seeds) Seeds with a mild sweet but tangy flavor Rice and fish dishes
Ginger(dried) A spice with a slightly sweet flavorand a hint of citrus Rice, chicken and marinades
Mace A spice with a sweet, warm flavor Baked goods, fruit dishes, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower
Marjoram A herb similar to oregano but with a minty, basil flavor Tomato-based dishes, fish, meat, chicken, eggs and vegetables
Oregano A herb with a somewhat sweet and peppery flavor Italian and greek cuisine, meat and chicken dishes, green beans
Paprika Can be sweet in flavor or spicy in flavor depending on the variety Spanish dishes, potaotes, soups, stews, baked fish, chicken and salad dressings
Rosemary A herb with a piney flavor Mushrooms, roasted potatoes, ripe melon, chicken, summer squash
Sage A herb with a rich, musty flavor Chicken, eggplant, bean stews and soups, potatoes and summer squash
Tarragon A herb with a milkd licorice flavor Chicken, fish, shellfish, eggs, salad dressings, tomatoes, mushrooms and carrots
Thyme A herb with a strong minty and somewhat bitter flavor Fish, shellfish, chicken, tomatoes, beans,eggplant, mushrooms, potatoes and summer squash
Turmeric A spice with a deep yellow color that has a sharp woodsy taste Indian cuisine, potatoes and light colored vegetables

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