This Is What Your Favorite Spices Look Like Naturally Before They Are Processed
The average household kitchen uses over 30 different spices. You may be a bachelor or even a student but even you know the names of over 10 spices and use a lot of them in your daily cooking.
Spices are very important to human cuisine no matter where you’re from as it adds taste and flavor and can make even the blandest food taste amazing. But the spices we use come in bottles and have been processed. Have you ever seen what some of your favorite spices look like in their natural form?
The Greek word means ‘thread’ or ‘fiber’. That is what saffron looks like. The red stringy spice is extremely valuable and expensive because it is very rare. It is actually the stamen of the flower that is the spice. The flower itself dries fast and therefore, the stamen needs to be collected.
Nutmeg is a spice used in many desserts and sauces. It comes from the bone of the fruit. The fruit itself looks like a large peach. After it ripens, it bursts in half and then the bone is collected, dried and powdered. The nutmeg tree can grow up to 10 or 12m tall.
Cumin is a staple in many cuisines. It is a popular spice that has a beautiful aroma. The plant is frost-resistant and loves moisture and light. The flowering plant is similar to parsley. The seeds are used as spices but the leaves can also be used as essential oil sources as it contains vitamins A and C and minerals.
Cardamom is often called the “Queen of Spices” because of how expensive it is. The fruit itself smells strong. It is collected and dried. Then it is moistened again and dried again. Green and black cardamom are the two popular varieties. It is often used to flavor sauces, curries, and even desserts.
Sesame is a big part of many cuisines. It is used as a garnish, as a topping and as a source of oil. The plant has white or lilac flowers and can grow up to 9ft tall and grows in hot and dry climates. The plant has pods, inside which are the seeds we know. A 3 to 5cm pod can contain up to 100 seeds.