We use a host of herbs and spices in our products. The reason is simple; we want to give some of our breads and pastries an added kick. Spices and Herbs are a great way to add that additional flavor and aromas to any product, while adding to its visual appeal. It’s important to know that Herbs are different than a Spice. The essential difference between an herb and a spice is where it is obtained from on a plant.
Herbs usually come from the leafy part of a plant, can be fresh or dried, and are usually green. Herbs can be found in many places around the world, are generally from a temperate plant, and many can be grown in your own gardens.
Spices however, are obtained from flowers, seeds, fruits, bark and roots typically from tropical plants. They would be difficult to grow in our climate. Spices range in color from brown to black to red. Spices tend to have a more pungent flavor than the herbs.
It is possible for one plant to provide an herb and a spice. The plant, Coriandrum sativum, is an example that provides both a herb and a spice. The leaves are used as the herb, cilantro, while the seed is used as the spice, coriander.
At Red Hen, we use both herbs and spices. Some of the herbs we commonly use are, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Dill Weed. Spices we use, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Salt, Ginger, Anise, and Cloves.
We also use a variety of fruits and vegetables to add special flavors, color, and texture to our breads and pastries.