A Guide to 4 Popular Herbs and Spices

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If you are looking for a way to add flavour and excitement to the food you serve your family, you should consider trying out some different herbs and spices. Below is a guide to some popular herbs and spices which can help to bring different dishes to life.

Paprika

Paprika is a spice which is made by grinding up bell peppers into a fine powder. Paprika is typically available in two varieties, sweet and hot. Sweet paprika has a mild taste and is ideal if you are not a fan of strong flavours or if you are worried that spices will overwhelm a delicate dish. Hot paprika is made by grinding bell peppers and hotter varieties of red pepper. Hot paprika is great if you are planning to make spicy chicken wings or a hot curry. Paprika can also be smoked, which creates a depth of flavour which makes it perfect for sprinkling over potatoes before you roast them.

Crushed Chilli

As the name suggests, this condiment is created by crushing up dried chilli peppers. If you like a lot of spice, then you should definitely buy crushed chilli. Keep in mind that this spice is a very hot addition to any dish, so it should be used sparingly.  To avoid over seasoning, you should always carefully measure chilli flakes rather than just shrinking them on freely. Chilli flakes are fantastic if you wish to spice up a dish such as pan-fried salmon, a pizza or a winter soup.

Ginger

Ginger comes from the root of the Zingiber officinale which grows in India, China and Japan. The roots are dug up and dried out. You can either buy ground ginger or you can buy whole ginger roots and cut or grate it. Ginger is a great addition to any oriental dishes such as a stir-fry. Ginger is also a great addition if you plan to make a chutney to accompany food.

Chives

Chives are herbs which make an ideal alternative to using onion when cooking food. Because chives have a more subtle flavour, many people opt for them because they dislike the strong flavour created by onions. Chives are a great addition to a goats cheese salad, or with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. You can simply chop a bunch of chives and let the pieces fall straight into the pot.

If you are interested in finding out more about using herbs and spices in your food, you should contact a food supply company today.


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