Herbs and spices are natural plant components used in the kitchen to enhance and vary the flavor of food. Herbs are often used fresh or dried, while spices are mostly used in ground form.
Some well-known herbs include parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary, while common spices include pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Herbs and spices have not only taste but also health benefits. For example, they can have an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory or digestive effect.
In many cultures, herbs and spices also have an important symbolic meaning and are used, for example, in medicine or in religious ceremonies.