Facts about Spices

  • A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant quantities as a food additive for flavour, colour, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria or prevents their growth. 
  • In the kitchen, spices are distinguished from herbs, which are leafy, green plant parts used for flavouring.
  • Many spices are also used for other purposes, such as medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics, perfumery, or eating as vegetables. 
  • For example, turmeric is also used as a preservative; liquorice as a medicine; garlic as a vegetable. 
  • In some cases they are referred to by different terms.