Spices and herbs have been used to flavour foods for centuries. Both refer to different parts of the plant, either fresh or dried.
Generally, herbs refer to the tender leafy parts of plants and include things like basil, oregano, thyme, and mint. They are typically found growing in more temperate climates.
Spices generally refer to all other parts of the plant including flowers, bark, roots, seeds, berries, and buds. Common spices include ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and saffron. They are typically found growing in more tropical climates.
Spices and herbs have also been used for centuries to flavour and preserve foods, augment cosmetics, and for medicinal purposes. Most herbs are relatively easy to grow and a great way to add extra flavour in your cooking.
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