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Seasoning

Seasoning

What is Seasoning

It can be anything which is added to the food to improve taste, enhance flavor, sometimes also add color. Typically, under seasoning one understands herbs, spices and salts. These are natural ingredients where herbs and spices are obtained from plants.

 For example, Italian seasoning is a mix of several  herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, and marjoram. The French Herbes de Provence is a mix of dried herbs, such as marjoram, thyme, savory, basil, rosemary, sage and fennel seeds.

 Seasoning with popular herbs

 

             Bay leaf herb                              Fresh oregano herb                       Fresh rosemary herb                                                           Fresh thyme herb
 Bay leaves  Oregano  Rosemary  Thyme

 

Seasoning with popular spices

 

            Pepper seeds spice                             Garlic cloves                                                            Three red hot chilli peppers                                           Cinnamon sticks and powder      
Peppercorns  Garlic cloves  Red hot chilli peppers  Cinnamon sticks and powder

 

When seasoning can be called spicy?

 Often paired with “hot”, as in “hot and spicy,” the word has erroneously come to be thought of as searing (extremely hot). You can have “spicy” food –as in “well spiced” – without the heat anytime they wish. It comes down to adding just the right amount of seasoning to your meals to please your own palate.

Hot chili peppers

Many spicy hot condiments are made with chilies, and these include chili sauce, hot bean sauce, salsas, and various chutneys. Tabasco is a popular brand of hot chili sauce in such wide use, it goes by its brand name.

In order to produce the spicy flavors of a particular cuisine, several ingredients are generally used in combination with chilies. For example, combine chilies with cumin and tomatoes, and get the beginning of a Mexican recipe. Chiles used with soy sauce and sesame oil provide flavor to Chinese and Korean recipes. Chiles paired with coconut milk or lemongrass are used in the Thai and Indonesian cuisine.

Most often, the fire in spicy dishes comes from chilies. However, different kinds of heat can be achieved from a wide range of international seasoning such as ginger, mustard, horseradish, and peppercorn.

Peppercorns

Pepper is one of most popular seasoning. Black, white, and green peppercorns are obtained from the same plant by picking the berries at varying stages of ripeness. Black peppercorns, picked when the berries are half ripe, are the strongest, and are used widely on virtually every continent. When using fresh ground pepper, add toward the end of cooking time, as it tends to lose its flavor and become bitter if cooked longer than an hour or so. White peppercorns, the mildest, are actually black peppercorns that have had the outer skin rubbed off. Green peppercorns are undeveloped berries and are often pickled and sold in small jars. They have a fresh, piquant flavor with medium heat.