All About Holiday Spices
Traditional spices provide the flavor and aroma of the holidays. Cooking Light offers ideas to further explore their versatility.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zelanicum)
Cinnamon comes from the aromatic bark of a tree native to Sri Linka, India, and Burma. It's a traditional ingredient in gingerbread, mulled wine, and chocolate cakes and desserts. Cinnamon is also good with apples and pears, and tempers savory dishes like this lamb tagine (left).
You can buy cinnamon as sticks, or ground; however, cinnamon sticks have a sweeter, subtler flavor and a longer shelf life than ground. Whole cinnamon is best ground in a clean coffee mill.
Spice Up Your Holidays
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Cloves (Syzyium aromaticum)
Saffron (Crocus sativus)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Star Anise (Illicium verum)
Allspice (Pimenta dioica)
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