Bean SpiceCaraway SeedVanillaLicorice
Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices after saffron. The flavor comes from pods that grow on an orchid.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of trees and works well in both savory and sweet recipes. That's some mighty tasty tree bark!
Cayenne PepperAllspicePaprikaRed Spice
Cayenne pepper is usually used in a powdered, shaved, or liquid form by adding vinegar. It can be used to add heat to dishes.
Nutmeg actually comes from a tree seed! It has a warm flavor and tastes great in sweets.
Turmeric is a versatile spice used in food, medicine, and cosmetics, but it doesn't belong in lattes.
Sesame SeedsCardamomBlack CardamomFennel
Believe it or not, fennel is made from a plant that's in the carrot family. It's also one of the three main ingredients used to create absinthe.
CuminCaraway SeedBlack CorianderAnise
Cumin seeds are from a flowering plant that's a member of the parsley family. Because of the oils in the seeds, cumin has a strong, rich flavor.
A tart, lemony spice, sumac is great in salads, meats, and beverages.
ClovesMustard SeedPeppercornSichuan Pepper
Cloves come from the seeds of an evergreen tree. They are versatile and go well in sweet and savory dishes, and are usually ground or grated.
SaffronCayenne PepperAniseAnnatto Seeds
One of the most expensive spices, saffron is slightly sweet and gives a yellow-orange color to foods. It can be soaked in hot water to better release the flavor.
Black PepperAllspiceSichuan PepperWhite Pepper
Allspice is made from dried, unripe fruit that comes from the Pimenta dioica plant. It's a widely used spice that is great in sweet and savory dishes.
White PepperVanillaCorianderCaraway Seed
Also known as cilantro, the seeds from this plant can be powdered or dried, and release more flavor when heated.
Star AniseDried LotusCinnamon StarStar Seed
The star anise has similar flavors to the more expensive anise. It's used in cooking and perfumes.