6 thoughts on “What’s the difference between seasonings, spices and herbs?

  1. seasonings are to basically bring out the flavor of the food. like salt and pepper. these are what make the food “to simply have taste.”

    spices are to add some kick to your food. like chili powder, cayenne pepper.

    herbs are like spices but more natural. they come from different plants. the only difference between it and spice is that it is more on giving the food a flavor while spice is, “to spice it up”

  2. seasoning

    anything that adds zest; esp., salt, spices, etc. added to food to make it more tasty

    herb

    1. any seed plant whose stem withers away to the ground after each season’s growth, as distinguished from a tree or shrub whose woody stem lives from year to year
    2. any plant used as a medicine, seasoning, or flavoring: mint, thyme, basil, and sage are herbs
    3. vegetative growth; grass

    spice

    v. flavor with a spice, add a spice to; add zest to, make interesting

    n. aromatic vegetable substance used to season food, flavoring; aromatic odor, fragrance; something which adds zest or interest

  3. A seasoning can be anything that is added to food. It can also be man made. For instance, a store bought blend of “seasonings” can contain spices, herbs, salt, and artificial flavors.

    Spices are certain natural materials used in cooking, such as nutmeg (ground seeds), cloves (dried buds) or cinnamon (tree bark).

    Herbs are similar to spices, except the whole plant is often edible and used in cooking, or at least the leaves. Parsley, cilantro, and tarragon are all herbs.

    Spices and herbs are perfectly healthy to use. When using “seasoning” blends, however, one must be careful of artificial ingredients, and especially of salt and MSG.

  4. It all depends on what is being used. Generally when one thinks of seasoning it includes a generous amount of sodium, which is not altogether healthful in large amounts. Spices are basically plant derivatives that are used to give flavor to foods. They include just about anything on your spice rack: cayenne, cumin, rosemary, thyme, dill, etc. Herbs are generally less processed than spices (basil, cilantro, etc…) so they are probably a little more healthful. But honestly seasoning and spices are usually used in nutritionally inconsequential amounts, so their health effects are not very apparent. Herbs on the other hand are usually prized for their medicinal purposes, so it would seem that these are generally more healthful than spices.

  5. As per my way Seasoning is the process of imparting flavor to, or improving the flavor of, food. Also Seasonings include herbs and spices, which are themselves frequently referred to as “seasonings”

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