These flavorful ingredients are the key to exceptional cooking, but how do we know when we’re using an herb or a spice?
While both are used to boost the flavor of foods or even to help with illnesses and ailments, the difference between the two is what part of the plant they come from.
Herbs are the leaves of the plant, such as rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, or cilantro. Spices, on the other hand, come from the non-leafy parts, including roots, bark, berries, flowers, seeds and so on. This would include Cardamoms, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, ginger, turmeric, and pepper.
Essentially, any part of the plant that is not a leaf and can be used for seasoning would fall into the spice category.
Sometimes a plant can produce both an herb and a spice. Cilantro leaves are herbs while the seeds, coriander, are a spice.