Spectacular spices

Introduction

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Spices come from dried seeds, fruits, roots and bark.

They are used to add flavour and colour to food.

Let's take a look at some popular spices.

Cardamom

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Cardamom is a seed pod that tastes spicy and sweet.

People use it when cooking curries and rice.

Some people like chewing it after meals to refresh their breath.

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is the bark of a tropical tree and it tastes woody and sweet.

People use it when baking cakes, biscuits and fruits or to flavour meat.

Cumin

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Cumin is a seed that tastes slightly bitter.

You can use it either whole or ground.

People use it when cooking Indian and Mexican foods.

Ginger

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Ginger is a root that tastes hot and sweet.

People use it when cooking curries and stir-fries.

It's also one of the ingredients for making gingerbread men.

Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is a stem that looks like a spring onion and tastes a bit like a lemon.

People use it when cooking curries and stir-fries.

Nutmeg

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Nutmeg is not a nut, it's actually the seed of a tropical tree and it tastes spicy and nutty.

People use it grated when cooking both sweet and savoury food.

Paprika

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Paprika comes from ground chilli peppers and its taste can be mild or hot.

People use it to add a spicy flavour to meat, vegetables and fish.

Saffron

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Saffron comes from the crocus flower and tastes sweet.

People use it to add flavour to rice. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.

Spice challenge

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Ask an adult to show you the spices they use at home.

What colour are they?

What do they smell like?

What do they taste like?

What dishes are the spices used for?

How many spices can you name?

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