spices and hebs

What’s the Difference Between Spices and Herbs?

We all use and spices and herbs to add flavor to our foods. Without them food is bland and boring. But what’s the difference between the two?

Herbs

Are defined as annual or perennial plants whose leaves, stems and flowers; and sometimes seeds and seed heads are used for flavor or fragrance.

Spices

Are usually roots, bark, fruits, berries and sometimes seeds of plants (including trees) that often grow in tropical climates.

Content provided by Michigan State University Extension

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