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My Herbs and Spices Lists

World-class chef?  Nope.  Not me.  In fact, I’m not even a good ordinary everyday cook.  I do not have a degree in home economics, diet and nutrition, or anything similar or related.  But, for personal reasons, I do a lot of research about herbs and spices.  Not only do I want to know how to use the cooking ingredients to make food more flavorful and tasty, but I also want to learn about the health benefits and medicinal uses.  Over the years, I’ve gathered quite a bit of information.  Below is a round-up of my herbs and spices lists.

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Mao Shing Ni (Dr. Mao), is a board-certified anti-aging expert who asserts that there are 3 spices that promote longevity.  That’s right.  They can help you live longer.  Ginger, evergreen, and garlic.

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If you love Indian cuisine and want to learn how to cook Indian food then to get started you should have these 6 spices in your kitchen cabinet:  turmeric, saffron, ginger, cumin, coriander (seed or powder), and cardamon.

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Asafetida, dried avocado leaves, epazote, grains of paradise, and juniper berries are wonderful cooking ingredients.  Which country should we thank for introducing these 5 exotic spices to the global community of food lovers?

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These herbs and spices are credited with spicing up your sex life:  saffron, fenugreek, fennel, cloves, garlic, nutmeg, and basil.  The Italians refer to basil as the “grass of kisses”.  Perhaps for Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion, you should get your beloved a basil plant.

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Matthew Kaplan, Editor forFaveHealthyRecipes.com, shared his Top 10 List of the best spices for healthy cooking: black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, cloves, cayenne pepper, turmeric, paprika, mustard seed, and ginger.

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