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This spice’s name is often followed by the word "pepper." What kind of spice is it?
Known for its small fruit, the Cayenne pepper is thought to have originated in French Guiana. Because it belongs to the nightshade family, it is commonly ground into powder after it has been dried and ground into a spice.
Seed pods contain the flavor of this spice. This spice is a favorite when it comes to desserts. What is it called?
Vanilla flavoring is obtained from the seed pods and dried fruits of the orchid genus. This spice is second-most expensive in the world after saffron, and it is used primarily for cooking, aromatherapy and perfume production.
It's a perennial plant that comes from the carrot family. What is this spice called?
Fennel is a hardy and perennial member of the carrot family with feathery leaves and yellow flowers. The aromatic and flavorful qualities of this spice make it a common ingredient of absinthe and a popular cooking spice.
Cherry and bitter almond are similar flavors to this spice. Identify the spice.
Mahleb spice comes from the seeds of the St. Lucie or Mahleb cherry and has a flavor similar to bitter almond and cherry. Cheese and other sweet and sour foods are seasoned with it in small amounts.
Ayurvedic texts describe its dietary and medicinal benefits in detail in ancient Indian texts of Ayurveda, which date back thousands of years. It is also known as thippali/pippali in India. Can you tell its English name?
Indian long pepper (Piper longum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae that produces a fruit that is used as a spice and seasoning. The taste of long pepper is similar to, but hotter than, that of its close relative Piper nigrum, from which black, green, and white pepper are derived. Stores selling Indian groceries often label it pippali, and it can be purchased there. Nihari, the national dishe of Pakistan and Lucknow in India, is made with pippali, one of the most important spices.
What is the more common name for this spice? It is also known as myrtle pepper or pimenta.
Allspice can also be referred to as myrtle pepper, pimenta, or Jamaica pimenta because it is produced from the dried, unripe fruit of the Pimenta dioica tree. In Caribbean cuisine, particularly in Jamaican jerk seasoning, moles, and pickling, it is commonly used.
This is an unpleasant-smelling and bitter-tasting plant. It is occasionally referred to as "devil's dung." Identify it.
Asafoetida is the dried latex exuded by several species of Ferula plants, perennial herbs that grow 1 to 1.5 metres tall. It belongs to the celery family, Umbelliferae. Asafoetida resin, a gum-like material, is used as medicine. The asafoetida resin is made by solidifying juice emitted from the plant's living roots.
What spice is this that also goes by the name of kalonji that is obtained from the follicles of a particular plant?
The Nigella sativa plant produces seeds in the form of three to seven follicles inside of its large fruit. There are many names for black seed, including black cumin, black caraway, nutmeg flower, fennel flower, kalonji, and Roman coriander.
What is the world's third-most expensive spice?
After vanilla and saffron, cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world. Plants of the Amomum and Eletarria genera are used to produce it, both of which are native to Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent.
Spices from the genus Myristica have a pleasant smell, and their Hindi name is 'Jaiphal'. What is it?
Several species of the genus Myristica produce seeds or ground spices by the name of nutmeg. There are several species of this species that are widely cultivated and are used to produce nutmeg butter and essential oils.
Known by the name Glycyrrhiza glabra, this spice is the root of a perennial plant. It is commonly used in candies. What is it?
Glycyrrhiza glabra is a perennial herbaceous legume whose flavoring is often used for sweeteners and candies. The plant originates from southern Europe and parts of Asia, and is used in traditional medicine and herbalism. Indians have been using licorice for thousands of years. In Sanskrit, it is called Yashtimadhu, and in Hindi, it is known as mulathee.
What is the name of this spice whose roots are commonly used in cooking, and is procurred from a flowering plant in the ginger family?
Turmeric pertains to the ginger family and is a herbaceous, flowering plant used primarily in cooking due to its roots. Due to its orange-yellow tone, turmeric is used as a coloring and dyeing agent in addition to being used as a flavoring agent.
In Asian cuisine, its root stalks are commonly used. What is this fleshy spice called?
Root stalks of the flowering herbaceous plant ginger are widely cultivated. Many cuisines throughout the world use ginger root as a spice and folk remedy. Malaysia, Japan, Hawaii, and other tropical and subtropical areas grow this fragrant plant.
Spice buds from the Syzygium aromaticum tree are used to produce this flavor. You also call it 'laung' in India. Do you know which spice this is?
Native to Indonesia's Maluku Islands, cloves are aromatic flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree. As a spice, they are commonly grown in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Madagascar, and Tanzania.
Name the spice pictured here. It is commonly used in festive drinks, coffee and desserts.
This spice is derived from the genus Cinnamomum, which has the common name cinnamon. Bark can be used either whole or dried and ground into powder or essential oil can be extracted from it.
This annual herbaceous plant is a member of the parsley family. Do you know what it is?
Several cultures use the seeds of the cumin plant (ground or whole) as a flavoring in their food. It belongs to the parsley family, and has long, thread-like leaflets with a gray or dark green stem.
Identify this spice, which is both a spice and an herb, also known as Chinese parsley?
Also known as Chinese parsley or Coriander, fresh leaves and dried seeds are the most common parts of cilantro. Growing up to 20 inches tall, it is native to southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia.
It is primarily used in Indian pickles and south indian dishes. What is the name of this spice, which comes from the family of Fabaceae and is known for its unique scent?
Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae known for its strong aroma. Most of its seeds and leaves are used as spices in South and Central Asian cuisines.
What is the common name of Chinese cinnamon, one of the 50 fundamental herbs of Chinese medicine?
Cassia, or Chinese cinnamon, is a cinnamon tree that yields an aromatic bark used in cooking. This herb is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine.
Ground and dried bell peppers are used to make this spice. Do you know what it's called?
The spice paprika is derived from dried bell peppers, sometimes mixed with chili peppers and cayenne peppers. Originally from Mexico, this spice adds color to a range of dishes and is mild to hot.
One of the world's most expensive spices is made from crimson stigmas of flowers. It is made from the red stigmas of a flower. What is its name?
Saffron is a crimson-colored spice made from the stigmas and styles of crocus flowers. Drying the spice allows it to be used in a variety of dishes as a flavoring. Because of its rich golden-yellow hue, it is also used as a coloring in food and textiles.
The Brassica nigra plant produces which of these spices?
Brassica nigra or black mustard is an annual plant that yields black mustard seeds. It is endemic to the temperate regions of Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia, this plant has large, stalked leaves.
It is also known as Bishop's weed and carom. Can you identify it?
Known as carom, bishop's weed, and ajowan caraway, ajwain is a flowering herb of the celery family. Traditional medicine uses its leaves and seed-like fruit to treat stomach issues such as diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating.
The edible seed comes in a variety of colors and has a nutty flavor. Are you familiar with it?
Seeds of the Sesamum genus are edible and come from a flowering plant. Known for its nutty flavor, it has one of the highest oil contents of all seeds. The color varies according to the cultivar, including off-white, tan, gold, buff, gray, and black.
This spice, which is indigenous to the southwestern region of India, is known as dried ground pepper.
Peppercorn is a dried ground pepper derived from the flowering vine Piper nigrum. Peppercorn is native to Kerala, southwest India, and one of the world's most traded spices. It has been used as both a seasoning and a medicine since antiquity.
Nutmeg's red covering is used to make this spice. Can you name it?
Mace has a much similar flavor to nutmeg, but it's more delicate. It is obtained from the reddish seed covering of the nutmeg seed. It is used for preserving, pickling, and seasoning fish, meat, vegetables, and baked goods.
This spice is derived from Brassica juncea. What is the name of the spice?
Spice brown mustard, also known as Chinese mustard or Indian mustard, is obtained from the mustard plant Brassica juncea. The hot and pungent flavor of this spice makes it more popular in Indian and African cuisines than its yellow counterpart.
The flavor of this spice is similar to licorice, and it is used in both food and alcohol. Can you tell me what it is?
Star anise, also called aniseed or aniseed, is a flowering plant with a similar flavor to star anise, licorice and fennel. Spices such as this are grown all over the world and used in foods, alcoholic drinks, and herbal medicines.
Spices are made from the seeds of this plant, which are ground or left whole. Do you know its name?
Celery seeds come from a marshland plant called celery, which has long, fibrous stalks and long, tapered leaves. As a flavoring or spice, the seeds can be used whole or ground. Essential oils can also be made from the seeds for use in perfumes. It is also known as ajmoda in India.
A biennial plant, it has a flavor similar to anise. What is it?
Known for its pungent and anise-like flavor, caraway seeds are derived from the fruit of the biennial plant. Caraway seed cake is a popular dessert using this seasoning, which is often found in liquors, casseroles, and desserts.
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