Greek Herbs and Spices
|~ Herbs and Spices are being used by Greeks since the ancient times to give that extra taste and fragrant in their daily meals.
~ The word Spice means seasoning, which comes from bulbs, fruits, leaves, roots, barks and seeds.
~ As for the word Herbs are fragrant leaves of plants, like basil, thyme, mint, marjoram, rosemary, and many more.
~ Ancient Greeks were using some of the Herbs and Spices as a healing medicine and that tradition is carried from generation to generation up to this day and it will be carried on from generations to come.
~ Greeks were among the first people to use Herbs and Spices to flavour their meal.
~ During the middle ages the everyday cooking was very bland.
~ Poor quality of meat and lack of refrigeration made food spoil faster.
~ In order for the food to be preserved longer and cover the odour of spoiled food Herbs and Spices were used.
|~ There are over 800 hundred Herbs and Spices and some of them are found and produced exclusively in Greece.
~ Some if not all of these Herbs and Spices from Greece are the best one can find in the world.
~ The most exquisite Herbs and Spices found and produced in Greece are Chamomile, Oregano, Tilio, Mountain Tea, Basil and Sage just to name a few.
|~ The most common Herbs and Spices found in a Greek dish are: Oregano, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Cloves, Bay Leaves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Parsley, Thyme, Garlic, Mint, Fennel, Cumin and Paprika.
~ Herbs and Spices can be found fresh or dried.
~ Some of these dried Herbs and Spices come in the form of seeds (whole, crushed or flaked), leaves, and stems.
~ Dried Herbs and Spices should be kept in air tight glass jars.
~ For greater freshness, always get them in a whole form; crush what is needed for the meal that is to be prepared and the rest keep seal tight.
~ If there is no aroma after seasoning is crushed, it has to be replaced.
~ Herbs and Spices that are grown in Greece are very valuable to chefs all over the world and some of those are Saffron, Mahlab, Sesame and White Sesame.