Mediterranean herbs and spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to spice up your dishes. With spices you don’t need to add fats, because on their own they give an absolutely great taste!

In the Mediterranean diet, spices are used to enhance the flavor of its produce, be it vegetables, legumes, meat, fish or poultry. They are incredibly healthy and should be consumed frequently.

Spices and herbs are a surprising source of antioxidants and help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

The Mediterranean region is exceptionally fertile, making it easy for herbs and spices to flourish there. But thankfully we can find all these herbs and spices everywhere!

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Here are some of the Mediterranean herbs and spices:

Basil, Cinnamon, Sage

Bay leaves, Cloves, Sea salt

Caraway seeds, Coriander, thyme

Cardamom, Garlic, Turmeric

Chives, Marjoram, Ginger

Cilantro, Mint, Pepper

Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley

Onion, Rosemary, Chili peppers, dill.

See some of their benefits here.

Tips:

-Stir some oregano in your vinaigrette salad dressing.

-Add rosemary leaves to veggies like asparagus, spinach and tomatoes.

-Mix up:1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper and a dash of sea salt. Pour into a bowl and serve with bread. Delicious!

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