(Last Updated on : 14/12/2017)
Leaf Type Spices, derived from the leaves of some plants
are used as flavouring agents. These leaf type spices
have a distinguishing flavour and when added to some other food
, they lend their flavour making it more tasty and delectable. Various leaves are used all over the world for culinary, medicinal and many other uses.
Some leaves are eaten fresh, incorporated in salads
and used as an ingredient
of sauces, stews and soups
. Fresh leaves mask even strong culinary odours and are commonly used for garnishing and seasoning. The leaf type spices are also employed to make a sort of tea
, which is thought to possess anti-scorbutic properties since it is very rich source of vitamin C.
Some of the commonly used leave type spices are basil, bay leaves, chervil leaves and so on. They are described below;
Mint leaves or Pudina is known to almost all the Indians as a leaf type spice. It is used in chutney
as an old popular remedy for relieving stomach complaints and cough
. The taste is fragrant, spicy, warm, pungent
. The plant owes its usefulness as a culinary herb to its volatile oil.
Basil is popularly used for flavouring soups, meat and fish dishes, and is one of the most widely used leaf type spices in India. Similarly the essential oil
is also used for flavouring not only food items but also in various dental and oral
Bay leaves are another leaf type spice is among the worlds oldest herbs. They are also used in flavouring of soups, stews, meat dishes, fish and sauces, pickling, spice and so on. These are used extensively in Northern
and Eastern India
as a leave type spice.
Chervil leaves are leaf type spices used both for flavouring salad and as condiment for garnishing some foods. Its flavour is similar to that of mild parsley and aniseed
Chives are practically always used fresh. However, the dried or powdered leaves of chives are among those leaf type spices that are used in combination with common salt
and other herbs.
Curry leaves are leaf type spices and a fair source of vitamin A and also a rich source of calcium. Curry leaves are natural flavouring agents with a number of important health benefits, which make the food both healthy and tasty along with the pleasant aroma.
Other Leaf Type Spices
Other leaf type spices include Hyssop
and many more.