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A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavors.[1]
Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavoring or as garnish.

In the food context, spices are dried seeds, fruits, roots, barks, or other plant materials used to enhance the flavor and aroma of food. Here are some examples of different types of spices used in cooking:

  1. Cinnamon - A sweet and aromatic spice that is often used in baked goods and desserts.

  2. Nutmeg - A warm and slightly sweet spice that is often used in baked goods and savory dishes.

  3. Ginger - A pungent and spicy root that is often used in Asian cuisine and as a natural remedy for nausea and inflammation.

  4. Turmeric - A bright yellow spice that is often used in Indian cuisine and as a natural remedy for inflammation.

  5. Cumin - A warm and earthy spice that is often used in Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine.

  6. Coriander - A sweet and citrusy spice that is often used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisine.

  7. Cloves - A strong and pungent spice that is often used in baked goods and savory dishes.

  8. Cardamom - A sweet and floral spice that is often used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

  9. Paprika - A mild and sweet spice that is often used in Spanish and Hungarian cuisine.

  10. Black pepper - A pungent and spicy spice that is often used in cooking and as a table seasoning.

Spices are a great way to add flavor and depth to dishes without adding extra calories or unhealthy ingredients. It's important to note that some people may be allergic or sensitive to certain spices, so it's always a good idea to start with small amounts and be aware of any potential reactions.

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