Spices & Condiments

Spicing up any dish is easy if you have a working knowledge and understanding of the variety of spices available, and pairing them with just the right foods.

Giving spices and condiments is a treat because one gets to impart the secret ingredients to some very sizzling recipes which will soon make your friend or colleague very happy.

With the explosion of the healthier diets for increased vitality, or energy or for better sleeping, it’s important to realize that spices, while giving food dishes zest, can also be beneficial for the body.

For example did you know that the spice Saffron has been cited in a treatment study for Alzheimer’s? In January 2010, the Journal of Psychopharmacology conducted a double blind controlled trial of Saffron in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are just a few benefits of the spices that are used most often. You can decide which is best to give as a gourmet treat for your friends and family!

Black Pepper, the most common spice in the world today adds a touch of aroma and is best used freshly ground from a pepper mill. Of all of the benefits of this spice, it enhances the function of one’s digestive tract, and diminishes the amount of gas in the intestinal tract.

Cinnamon is another versatile spice, known for its potency and typically associated with desserts as well as Indian dishes. In a study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, it was found that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

Cumin has a rich smoky flavor that works well in both Mexican and Indian recipes. Recent studies indicated that cumin seeds might also contain anti-carcinogenic properties, and has shown to reduce the risk of stomach and liver tumors. As well, cumin is said to relieve common cold symptoms.

Coriander is one of the most unusual spices in that when it’s planted, it becomes cilantro. This spice is an almost citrus flavor and works best in dishes that compliment the orange and lemon flavors. Coriander helps reduce body swelling, cholesterol levels and even helps reduce menstrual cramps.

Ginger is a more unique and pungent spice with a sweet aroma and is typically found in Chinese and Japanese dishes. Ginger is wonderful for treating digestion issues including diarrhea and nausea.

As you can see, giving the gift of well selected spices will help show your loved ones just how much their continued good health means to you this holiday season.