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13 Herbs And Spices That Everyone Should Have In Their Cupboard

Whether you’re a budding amateur or a kitchen whizz, these will see you right!

1. Garlic Granules

2. Paprika

Paprika is a very versatile spice and used in many different cuisines. It comes in a range of varieties including sweet, spicy, and smoked. Its bold flavour means you don’t have to add lots of other herbs and spices to your dish, and also works well on its own as a simple rub for meat or fish.

3. Turmeric

4. Chilli Flakes

Chilli flakes are great for use in Mexican cuisine and will instantly give your meals a fiery kick. Not only are they great for cooking with, they can also be used as a condiment. Try sprinkling some on your pizza slice or if you are feeling extra adventurous, why not add some to your hot chocolate for a spicy twist?

5. Cinnamon

6. Coriander

Coriander goes really well in curries and aromatic dishes. It’s mix of warm, citrus tones will give your dishes a lovely fresh flavour. Add it to your beef or vegetable curry to bring out a mellow spicy flavour.

7. Cajun Seasoning

Cajun seasoning is great for barbecuing with — it is a delicious blend of chilli powder, all spice and thyme, which gives it its smoky, sweet, and subtle spicy flavour. If the weather is being typically British and you can’t get the BBQ grill out, try adding it to a risotto for a sweet and spicy kick.

8. Thyme

9. Rosemary

Rosemary is often used in Italian and French cuisine. It's fresh and woody flavour makes it perfect for spring and summer cooking. It complements chicken and oily fish beautifully, and sprinkling over your meat or veg will give it a lovely aromatic flavour.

10. Ginger

11. Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are great when cooked for a longer period of time, which makes them work really well in rich sauces and stews. They have a similar flavour to oregano and thyme but with a slightly more intense taste. Try adding some to your spaghetti bolognese to really elevate the dish *chefs kiss*.

12. Parsley

Parsley is used a lot in Mediterranean cooking because of its fresh and peppery taste. It also helps balance out flavours. It’s perfect for summer dishes and goes especially well with fish. Try sprinkling some on your salmon along with plenty of lemon juice — your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

13. Oregano

Now that you know all about these essential herbs and spices, you are ready to cook up a storm in the kitchen! Find out more about Schwartz’s range of Herbs and Spices here.