Spices and Herbs

We eat because we need food, but we cook because we love food. That love is fueled by the tangy heat of spices and nurtured by the flowery aroma of herbs. Seasonings play a minimal nutritional role in our diet. They play to our senses. They make us want another bite.

Seasoning is the process of imparting flavor to, or improving the flavor of, food. Seasonings include herbs and spices, which are themselves frequently referred to as "seasonings".

In addition to the choice of herbs and seasoning, the timing of when flavors are added will affect the food that is being cooked. In some cultures, meat may be seasoned by pouring sauce over the dish at the table. A variety of seasoning techniques exist in various cultures.

Spices and Herbs
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  Ingredients
Oregano (زعتر أوريغانو)
home
  Oregano.
زعتر أوريغانو
Basil (حبق)
basil
  Basil.
حبق
Bay Leaves (ورق غار)
bay-leaves
  Bay Leaves.
ورق غار
Mixed Thyme (زعتر مخلوط)
mixed-thyme
  Thyme, Sumac, Sesame, Salt.
زعتر، سماق، سمسم، ملح
Dried Mint (نعنع يابس)
dried-mint
  Mint.
نعنع
Sumac (سمّاق)
summac
  Sumac.
سمّاق
Rosemary (إكليل الجبل)
rosemary
  Rosemary.
إكليل الجبل
Algal, Tisanes, Zhourat (زهورات)
zhourat
  Rose, Lime flower, Linden, Chamomile, Hyssop, Almond, Sugar.
ورد، خاتمية، زيزفون، بابونج، زوفا، لوز، سكر نبات
Chili Powder (حرّ بودرة)
chili-powder
  Cayenne.
حرّ
Cinnamon Sticks (قرفة عيدان)
Cinnamon Sticks
  Cinnamon.
قرفة
Booth / Kishk (كشك)
Booth - Kishk
  Grit (Burghul), Yoghurt, Salt.
برغل، لبن، ملح
Roasted Sesame Seeds
(سمسم محمص)
roasted-sesame-seeds
  Sesame.
سمسم