Basil is a popular herb with more than 16 different varieties.
Bergamot is a North American herb which is used for its flowers and leaves, both fresh and dried.
Chervil is native to the Middle East and Western Asia. It is believed that it was brought to...
Chives are a close relative to onion, garlic, leeks and scallions.
Nearly every part of the Cilantro plant is used. It is consumed for its leaves, stems, seeds and...
Each section of the coriander plant offers a different flavour.
The dill plant is majestic in appearance and has a beautiful aroma.
Most parts of the fennel plant are used including the leaves, flowers and seeds.
Lemongrass give Asian dishes a subtle citrus flavour.
Lovage is a pungent perennial herb with close associations with the parsley and celery families.
Marigold is one of the most well-known flowers but its petals and leaves are also considered a herb...
Marjoram is a low, bushy herb which belongs to the mint family.
Mint is one of the most popular flavours of the world.
Myrtle is an evergreen scrub which is used for its leaves or berries both fresh and dried.
Oregano is sometimes referred to as wild marjoram.
This fresh tasting herb can often be thought of as just a garnish.
Rosemary has a slightly minty, sage-like, peppery, balsamic taste with a bitter, woody aftertaste
Sage comes in many different varieties though all are mostly aromatic, perennial bushes with...
Savory is an aromatic annual which is related to rosemary and thyme.
Sorrel is a leafy perennial which is a member of the dock family.
French Tarragon is the most common variety used in cooking.
Thyme has a piney and peppery taste with bitter, slightly lemony and minty notes.
Watercress is a lush, leafy, semi-aquatic perennial plant which is most commonly used as a salad...
Chili Peppers come in an amazing variety of colours and flavours.
Galangal is a rhizome which comes in two main types: greater galangal and lesser galangal.
Garlic is one of the most popular of the herbs and spices for many reasons.
The ginger root is used as a culinary spice.
The root is the most common part of horseradish.
Kaffir lime leaves and fruit rind is an essential ingredient in Thai, Indonesian, Indian and...
Kokam is a souring agent and is used in a similar way to tamarind.
Tamarind is a sour spice which is commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines.
Wasabi is a Japanese spice which is known for its sharp flavour.
Essential Dried Spices
Dried spices are an easy way to add authentic flavour. Stock your pantry with these essentials!
Despite its name, allspice is not made from a combination of spices.
Anise is a member of the parsley, carrot and fennel family which is used for its seeds (usually...
Annatto is an orange-red seed which is used for both colouring and flavouring in Latin American and...
Bay was native to the Mediterranean but is know grown throughout many parts of Europe.
Caraway is a biennial plant from the parsley family which is primarily used for its seeds, either...
Cardamom is an essential ingredient in Indian spice mixes.
Cassia is the dried bark of East Asian laurel trees and in some countries is used interchangeably...
Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka and is a bark from a tree in the laurel family.
Cloves are a spice that comes from immature flower buds.
Cumin plants belong to the parsley family which is cultivated for its seeds, either whole or ground...
Curry leaves are used extensively in south Indian cooking.
Juniper is the dried berries which come from evergreen, cypress bushes.
Lemon myrtle has a refreshing and lemon-like aroma and flavour.
This handy spice is not just used for lollies!
Mace and nutmeg come from different parts of the fruit from nutmeg trees.
Mustard plants come in three main varieties: white, brown and black.
Nigella plants are cultivated for their seeds which are used mainly in Indian cooking.
Nutmeg has a beautiful warming aroma that is rich, slightly sweet and fresh.
Paprika is a fine spice powder made from the dried pepper fruit.
Pepper's popularity means its often referred to as the 'king of spices'.
Poppy seeds are either slate blue, creamy-white or mid-brown.
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice.
Sassafras leaves are dried and ground to make file powder or gumbo file which is used in Louisianan...
Sesame is one of the world's oldest crops.
Star anise is a pretty star shaped spice which is used predominantly Asian cooking.
Sumac berries both ground or whole are used in many Middle Eastern cuisines.
Vanilla is the fruit of a climbing orchid which is native to Central America.
Catnip is part of themint family which is best known for its effect on cats.
Chamomile is best known for its soothing nature.
Comfrey is used as a fertilizer in organic gardening and also for its medicinal qualities.
Echinacea plants are used for both beauty and reported medicinal qualities.
Evening Primrose flowers unfold in the evening and flower most of the night.
Fenugreek is commonly used in Indian cooking and herbal medicines.
Ginseng root is highly aromatic with a liquorice sweet flavour and earthy undertones.
Lavender can be used for its fragrance, flowers and also as a culinary herb.
St. John's wort is high in amino acids and is used as a treatment for depression.