What is the difference between spices, herbs and seasonings?
Spices: You can tell a spice from an herb because spices are from the bark, root, stem, seed or fruit of a plant. Cinnamon is considered a spice since it is from the bark of a tree. Cardamom is a spice because it is from the seed of a plant. The typical black pepper that you use on your dinner table is a spice that comes from the fruit of a vine. Spices seem to have a sharper flavor then an herb.
Herbs: You can tell when something is an herb because it comes from the leaves of a plant. Parsley is considered an herb since we eat the leaves of the parsley plant. Basil is another herb that we eat the leaves off of. Rosemary is also a herb but it has long sharp leaves that are not the typical flat leaves. We use herbs fresh during growing season, then dry the plant upside down, harvesting the leaves. Some of the leaves we leave whole, some we grind a bit for flakes, and some we grind a lot into a powder.
Seasoning: A seasoning is anything that flavors food. Unbleached Sea Salt is our most important flavoring (as well as having health properties) since we use it the most out of all flavorings. An interesting notation is that unbleached sea salt never has that “too salted” result, and some are a bit sweeter, others more mellow. And, most of us know that unbleached sea salt is a friend, our body is 70% water and that water is similar to our ocean water. Unbleached sea salt (my preference being Himalayan Salt), carries the trace minerals of our body, thus providing many essentials.