Around the World with Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices magically transform a dish. They add rich flavors, aroma and color. Best of all, they add health-protective antioxidants to your meals. Almost any meal can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices, and it’s time to start experimenting!

Flavors From Around the World: Use these different herb and spice combinations to achieve flavors originating from across the globe.

  • Greek: parsley, oregano, dill, mint, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg
  • Asian: basil, cilantro, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, coriander seeds, garlic
  • Italian: oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, fennel seeds
  • French: parsley, chives, tarragon, chervil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme
  • Middle Eastern: cilantro, parsley, mint, coriander seeds, cumin, cinnamon
  • Southwestern/Mexican: cilantro, oregano, thyme, cumin, coriander

Use whole spices, grinding them in a coffee grinder used only for spices, then lightly toast the ground spices to release their aromatic compounds. They will add a more intense flavor to dishes and your house will be filled with the exotic aromas of the spices you use.

Three Homemade Spice Blends


Middle Eastern

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


2 teaspoons ground chile powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Note: When using herbs and spices, remember the 1/2 rule. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of dried herbs or spice for any dish that serves 4-6 people. Add more if needed. If using fresh herbs, start with 1 1/2 teaspoons.

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