Description, usage and positive effect on nutrition
Herbs & Spices
Peppermint has various name affixes: Moroccan mint, English mint, orange, pineapple and chocolate mint. The different varieties differ partly in shape and aroma.
- Tea made from fresh peppermint tastes better than from teabags
- It refines desserts and lamb dishes and is the base for the English mint sauce
- Thanks to the menthol present, peppermint is antibacterial, cooling and thirst-quenching
Anise is available in dry form as whole seeds, tastes spicy and liquorice-like. Anise is not related to star anise although the flavour is similar.
- The grains are used primarily for baked goods
- To bring out maximum flavour, the grains should be lightly ground
- Anise soothes stomach and intestine and is therefore found in teas along with fennel seeds to alleviate these complaints
Often seen as a single spice only, curry powder is a mix of up to 20 different spices. To this belong, along with turmeric, for e.g., ginger, cardamom, pepper, coriander, paprika and cumin.
- The spice mix is indispensable in Asian cuisine and also as sauce spice for the popular currywurst
- Curry mixes, through aroma and flavour, stimulate appetite and promote the wholesomeness of the dishes as well
Ginger is available fresh as a gnarled rhizome in most supermarkets. Alternatively ginger powder is also obtainable, the flavour of which is not as strong. The root is also popular, candied as refined munchies with or without chocolate coating.
- The lemony pungent flavour and the smell are imperative in Far East cuisine
- Ginger also peps up meat sauces and exotic desserts
- Ginger stipulates the appetite and is an antispasmodic by colic
- Ginger helps by nausea and puking and is therefore considered remedy for travel sickness
Cardamom is available as whole pods and in the form of fruit capsules in specialised shops, and primarily in powdered form in supermarkets.
- Cardamom is predominantly known as spice for Christmas baked goods and for the making of sausages and pastries
- Cardamom is also well suited for refining desserts as well as meat & spice sauces
- Cardamom stimulates appetite and digestion as well as being a mood elevator. A pinch of cardamom in coffee increases its stimulating effect
It is available as whole and in powdered form commercially
- Cumin is an integral part of both oriental as well as south American cuisine; typical usage examples are kebab and chilli con carne
- Cumin has a positive effect on appetite and digestion
Mace is often referred to as nutmeg, although this does not refer to the bloom but to the seed coat of the nutmeg. The vibrant yellow to orange-red seed coat is available whole, in large pieces or powdered and has a more delicate aroma than the nut itself.
- It can be used in the same dishes as the nutmeg, but is particularly good with mashed potatoes, pastries and baked goods
- Mace stimulates appetite and elevates mood, should be used sparingly though, as imbibing large quantities could cause symptoms of poisoning