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Why Use Organic Spices And Seasonings?

Organic spices and seasonings offer a healthy way to add zest to everyday dishes, dinner parties and drinks. There are so many different ethnic cuisines from around the world that rely on appropriate organic herbs and spices to make them the mouthwatering delicacies that they are. Whether you use organic spices at home or are a business owner that wants organic spices wholesale, organics are popular for their great taste and health benefits.

Organic salt is a basic seasoning that you will find in nearly every kitchen. Salt helps to bring out the flavor embodied in the dish in its entirety. It helps to heighten the contrasting flavors of each ingredient used in a recipe, no matter from which cuisine it hails.

Mediterranean cuisines, such as those from Greece, France, Italy,and Spain rely on the organic seasonings that are native to their respective regions. A Greek version of pasta, laced with shrimp and feta cheese, would not be the same without the inclusion of the vital flavor of organic seasonings like oregano to season it. The so-called "trinity" of Greek cooking, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic, are used to bring out the flavor of a leg of lamb roasted to perfection in the oven. French cooks like to use an herbal blend known as Herbs de Provence to flavor all manner of savory dishes. This mixture usually includes organic spices and seasonings such as basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, marjoram, tarragon and sometimes lavender. This combination, added to a bean soup, instills flavorful goodness in every spoonful. Italian dishes, such as the ever-popular lasagna, require careful attention to organic salt and spices added to the marinara sauce. Often a meat sauce, the marinara can come in several tomato-based forms. For every region in Italy you can find sauces relative to their area. Marinaras can contain organic spices and seasonings such as chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, spearmint, savory, bay leaf, garlic, cayenne, and crushed red pepper flakes. A Spanish Romesco sauce might include paprika for added flavor.

Different regions of the United States also have dishes that require organic spices and seasonings commonly found in their locales. Southwestern cuisine relies on organic spices such as chili powders, cumin, epazote, and oregano to bring out their familiar flavors. Cajun food, from the Southern states, such as seafood-laden gumbo, favor the distinctive flavor of file gumbo, which is derived from the leaves of the sassafras tree.

Salad dressings offer another excellent opportunity to use organic spices and seasonings in their preparation. Vinaigrettes are wonderful flavored with tarragon. Basil can be used to flavor oils then used to dress salads. Pickles that often end up in salads can be prepared with spices such as organic salt, pepper, coriander seeds, and cilantro.

If you are an avid cook, it makes sense to keep a good supply of bulk organic spices on hand for when the culinary urge strikes.


About the author:
Anne Harvester is an herbalist who has studied the benefits of organic herbs. In this article, she explores organic herbs and spices. Anne's advice on buying bulk organic herbs and bulk organic spices can help you to save money.