What is the most popular spice?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “What is the most popular spice?” We will also discuss some of the commonly used spices in your kitchen.

What is the most popular spice?

Cumin and black pepper are two of the most popular and most loved spices across the globe. They are the must-have spices in your kitchen cupboard. 

It is not a surprise that black pepper is also commonly referred to as the king of spices given its numerous uses in the culinary world. Similarly, the title of queen of spices is held by cardamom

Cumin is derived from the dried seed of a plant known as Cuminum cyminum. It is also known as zeera or comino spice and is a versatile spice that is widely used in the culinary world as well as for medicinal purposes. It is a staple spice used for varieties of dishes including soups, stews, curries, pickles, sauces, bakeries, etc.

Cumin seeds are long and boat-shaped and look a lot like caraway seeds. It has a warm and earthy flavor and aroma with a hint of bitterness. So make sure to use just the right amount of cumin so your dish doesn’t turn out to be bitter.

Likewise, Black pepper is derived from the tiny black berries known as black peppercorns; these peppercorns are grown in the vines of the Piper nigrum plant from the Piperaceae family. 

Black pepper has hot, pungent, earthy, and woody flavors with some bitter undertones. Its distinct flavors pair well with most of the savory dishes as well as some sweet dishes. Adding black pepper to your recipes adds layers of flavors as well as some spiciness. 

What are other spices commonly used in your kitchen?

Turmeric

Turmeric is a traditional Indian spice popular for its rich flavor and color used for making different dishes. It comes from a flowering plant from the ginger family called Zingiberaceae. 

The rhizomes are dried to produce a yellow color powder. Turmeric has an earthy flavor, slightly bitter with a strong peppery flavor, and has a mustard-like scent and flavor.

Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander has a very nutty and lemony flavor with a floral aroma. It adds a bit of that tangy flavor to your recipes. Its mild flavors add a unique taste to your recipes without overpowering the other spices. While cilantro has a flavor that is both complex and delicate, with hints of pepper, mint, and lemon, the flavor of coriander is sweet and aromatic, with a hint of citrus.

Paprika

Paprika is a red pepper powder prepared from dried and ground peppers. Paprika is an easy ingredient that adds a hint of both sweetness and spiciness to your recipe. 

It improves practically any dish with its fruity, somewhat sweet, spicy aromas and vibrant red color. It gives a reddish color and spicy taste to make your food more attractive and flavorful.

Garlic

The garlic spice comes from the plant Allium sativum, which belongs to the onion family along with shallots, leeks, and chives. It is an aromatic plant widely used for its flavorful qualities and grows underground in the form of a bulb. Garlic has a very pungent flavor when eaten raw, but once cooked it mellows the flavors. 

Cardamom

It is popularly used as an aromatic spice in different cuisines, beverages, and bakery items. Cardamom is a perfect spice for both sweet as well as savory dishes. Its unique and complex flavors make the perfect savory dish. It’s citrusy, minty, spicy, and herbal all at the same time, with a strong aroma as well. It is also known as the ”queen of spices”.

Do you know why cardamom is called the queen of spices? Find out here.

Cloves

They are the aromatic dried flower buds of an evergreen tree native to eastern Indonesia. They are known as versatile spices that can be used in sweet as well as savory dishes. They look like small pins or nails and are dark brown. 

They are a pungent warm spice with some sweet and bitter undertones. They can be used whole or in ground form and usually, both these forms of cloves are used differently.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have answered the query, “What is the most popular spice?”. We have also discussed some of the commonly used spices in your kitchen.

Citations

https://www.britannica.com/science/nutraceutical

https://hospitalityinsights.ehl.edu/top-spices-kitchen

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