From savory dishes to sweets; herbs and spices are used in the preparation of many recipes.
The Latin culture is well known for its cuisine. Here are just a few of the herbs and spices that we use.
Let’s start with cilantro…Fresh cilantro is one of those herbs that you will find in most Latin houses. Is the main ingredient for sofrito. We use it in the preparation of soups, beans, salsas and even salads. Cilantro has a resemblance to parsley but it is NOT the same. Keep it in the refrigerator in a air tight storage bag.
Rosemary goes really well with salmon, lamb recipes, vegetables dishes and stews. It has a delicious aroma and strong flavor; a little bit goes a long way. Place fresh rosemary in the fridge and cover with a damp paper towel.
Thyme: I love thyme, it reminds me of oregano but with a milder flavor. There are different varieties. It is available all year around and it goes really well with beef, pork, lamb, stews, soups and vegetables dishes like scalloped potatoes. Use it sparingly to top your favorite side dishes.
Anise (aniseed) is used in the preparation of tea–it is said that anise is really good for stomach problems! Many bread recipes call for anise. In Dominican Republic is one of the ingredients for arepitas de yuca. (Yucca Fritters)
Oregano is an ingredient that can not be missed in my kitchen. It goes really well with almost everything from roasted pork to beans and stews. Oregano can be more strong and flavorful when dried. Its one of the main herbs utilize in the preparation of Italian seasoning and Dominican sofrito.
Cumin: Another seed with a very strong flavor but very delicious and aromatic. Cumin is very popular in the Mexican cuisine. It goes really well with beans and meats. Try this salsa verde recipe, where cumin is one of the ingredients.
These are only a few of the herbs and spices that are commonly used in my kitchen but there’s many more.
What’s your favorite herbs of spice to cook with?