Oct 13, 2022

5 of my favorite childhood spices

As is Holiday season arrives, I am faced with the memories of my mother and her preparing all the holiday meals for our family.

These Five spices are dear to my heart because she used these in pretty much every dish not only during the holidays but in her regular everyday cooking. So their names and colors and scents bring back such great memories. And this season I plan on recreating the traditions and the memories by ensuring that I am cooking with these spices. Let me know what are your favorite spices from childhood.

The aromas of clove, a nutritious spice with an aromatic sweet flavor, will get you ready for those nostalgic fall scents and traditions. Cloves have only six calories per teaspoon, so you can enjoy their sweet and spicy flavors anytime. It has many vitamin and mineral benefits according to various resources; as well as control and prevent several health issues. 

 Other hearty fall ingredients and dishes pair well with this low-calorie seasoning. Add whole or ground cloves to vegetable stews to give them depth, flavor, and nutritional value. Make delightful teas and beverages with a fall theme using it. It can also be added to lean, meaty recipes to offer a substantial forkful of fall flavor.

There are numerous health benefits to cinnamon, as well as an amazing, cozy, slightly sweet, and savory flavor profile, which is why it is used in so many dishes and by so many people. Cinnamon is a fall flavor that can be sprinkled on anything, from lattes and teas to casseroles and curries. It is the most well-known flavor. Take advantage of this low-calorie spice that gives your dishes and drinks the flavor of your favorite fall cardigan.

According to Healthline, cinnamon is another seasoning that contains powerful antioxidants that are beneficial to one's health. It is claimed to lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to the USDA, a teaspoon of cinnamon has only six calories. Cinnamon is more than just a beloved fall spice; it's also a fragrant, flavorful seasoning. It's also a mood.

Nutmeg, a versatile spice from Indonesia, is known for its numerous health benefits. However, its beloved warm, nutty flavor—ideal for the fall—is the primary reason it is used. According to Healthline, nutmeg has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be used ground or as a seed. It has also been demonstrated that eating more nutmeg can improve mood and cardiovascular health.

Nutmeg, according to Healthline, goes well with vegetables that are high in nutrients as well as savory meats like pork and lamb. Cinnamon, clove, and cardamom are all popular seasonal spices that can be combined with nutmeg. Nutmeg is also great on a variety of desserts and healthier breakfast options like yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies. One teaspoon of nutmeg contains less than 12 calories, according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).In just a few minutes, you can add it to your protein shakes for a tasty and healthy fall treat!

With regards to the exquisite finish of the warm and comfortable fall flavor range, sage is maybe the quintessential taste of the time. Sage is the primary flavor agent in many dishes.

Thanksgiving turkeys, in addition to the stuffing, and a classic companion to autumn's most beloved (and prolific) produce Squash and pumpkin. Additionally, sage has a fascinating and lengthy history as a culinary and medicinal herb. What exactly is sage then? Let's give this fall herb superstar some sound advice.

Parsley is a family that includes cumin. Surprised? If you compare its warm, earthy flavor and aroma to the mild, green character of parsley, you would never guess that. Like celery seed, cumin seed is the plant's dried, ripe fruit. You might be familiar with cumin because it is one of the main flavors in taco seasoning and chili powder. However, there is a lot more to it. Over its long history, cumin has been used for many things.

Since ancient Egypt, cumin has been used to spice food, but it was used for so much more than that. It has been used as money, makeup, and a charm, and the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks both documented its medicinal value. Even though it has gained popularity in recent times, its heyday was in the Middle Ages; However, you could always find it in India, North Africa, Mexico, Spain, and the Middle East.

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