Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where Are the Herbs & Spices?

Ras El Hanout 4.0 Oz By Zamouri SpicesThe Spice Lover's Guide to Herbs and Spices 

Can you imagine cooking without the traditional seasoning?  Perhaps with the new ways of instant cooking today that gone were the days of unique herbs and spices?

Never reject the power of old-fashioned cooking. The world of culinary ingredients shares the old imagination of the kitchen through traditional seasoning and the use of herbs and spices, that flourished from the rich soils of the best growing regions of the world. Every culinary spice and herb of the like is carefully handcrafted to preserve its extraordinary savory and aroma. Why not relish your pick of herbs by embracing back the norms of traditional spicing?

History and Uses of Culinary Herbs

Oregano, Mediterranean - 3 Lb Bag / Box EachThe wide use of herbs has a very important role to human life. It has been practiced for centuries around the world both for the purpose of deriving exotic food and for its curative properties that heal many kinds of diseases. Growing and production of herbs nowadays are being classified according to use and the soil will have the benefit from the organic material added accommodating direct seeding of some herbs into the soil. Today, the excitement of propagating herbs in a simple home garden puts the magic of culinary herbs to every dish.

Taste Profiles 

The old custom of picking leaves just before flowering has been a tradition in the belief that flavor is on the peak. The soil from where herbs are planted has a tendering effect on its over-all taste profile. Over-fertilizing ruins the essential oils responsible in giving its normal taste. Most herbs like rosemary grow well in neutral to slightly alkaline soil (7.0-7.5pH) maintaining its self-generated taste profile. Herbs such as mint, parsley and celery grow better in soils that are moist, while the herbs of sage, thyme and rosemary change its state in slightly moist soil.

  Storing Your Herbs Spices

To preserve fresh herbs, wrap clean leaves in paper towels and store them whole inside the refrigerator. The harder the leaves, the longer it lasts since the oil of the leaves is retained and the flavor is preserved. Powder of dry leaves should be stored in a tight container to prevent the breaking of its aromatic oil elements. It is important to check your leaves from time to time to ensure dryness. Herbs mold quickly in closed jars or container if not stored completely dry.

Cooking Guide

Fresh leaves are great in salads. Mix fresh leaves with fruits, spices and a lemony vinaigrette to create a Mediterranean salad. The presence of herbs give zest to dishes as garnishing or ornaments, flavoring, accompaniment or simply consumed raw. Mild, or full-bodied herbs, makes the cuisine of roasted food, soups and stew, recognized in compliments.

Where to Find Herbs and Spices

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