herbs vs spices : Common Errors in English

About herbs vs spices

People not seriously into cooking often mix up herbs and spices. Generally, flavorings made up of stems, leaves, and flowers are herbs; and those made of bark, roots, and seeds and dried buds are spices. An exception is saffron, which is made of flower stamens but is a spice. When no distinction is intended, the more generic term is “spice”; you have a spice cabinet, not a spice-and-herb cabinet, and you spice your food, even when you are adding herbs as well. The British pronounce the H in “herb” but Americans follow the French in dropping it.

herbs in News

  1. Chagrin Valley Herb Society thanks all who bought plants, herbs at sale: Letter to the Editor

    The Chagrin Valley Herb Society would like to thank those of you who purchased herbs and the plants from our members’ gardens at our May 19 sale.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Chagrin Solon Sun

  2. 10 Healthy Herbs to Grow at Home

    These easy-to-grow herbs offer big flavor and health benefits, right from your backyard or windowsill.        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. National herbs and spices day

    Spice up your life! Today is National Herbs and Spices Day. Promote to Mobile read more
    on June 11, 2013 Source: KETK 56 Tyler

spices in News

  1. Theresa’s Vegetarian Chili

    Vegetarian Chili gained its popularity during the 1960s and ’70s when vegetarianism was on the rise. The healthier-way-to-eat mentality remains intact with many consumers bypassing the meat and poultry options. Theresa Maiellano’s version blends together vegetables and spices for a... [This is a summary. To read the full article on SouthPhillyReview.com, click the headline above.]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: South Philly Review

  2. National herbs and spices day

    Spice up your life! Today is National Herbs and Spices Day. Promote to Mobile read more
    on June 11, 2013 Source: KETK 56 Tyler

  3. Use Old Spices Around The House To Avoid Waste (PHOTOS)

    Spices that you’ve had around longer than a year or two won’t do much for your food, according to The Spice House , a business that’s been selling spices for more than half a century.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

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