spices at a central market in agadir
a group of indian spices
and herbs in bowls
an assortment of spices used in indian cuisine
spices and herbs at a shop in goa
spices of saúde flea market, são paulo
a spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. spices are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. many spices have antimicrobial properties, which may explain why spices are more prominent in cuisines originating in warmer climates, where food spoilage is more likely, and why the use of spices is more common with meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. spices are sometimes used in medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production.