Derived from the latin 'species' meaning 'fruits of the earth', spices are the flavour imparting materials derived from a variety of plant parts including bark, buds, flowers, fuits and roots. They come from plants that normally flourish in semitropical and tropical climates and are highly aromatic due to their essential oils.
Spices have played a vital role in shaping the worlds history, at one time so valuable they commonly acted as currency.
Choosing and Storing Spices
- Buy from stores with a regular turnover so that spices are as fresh as possible.
- Store in airtight containers in cool conditions and away from direct sunlight.
- Flavours diminish in storage.