5 Essential Herbs and Spices Every Kitchen Should Have + Ways to Use Them

Oct 5, 2020 | Ingredients

Are you new to cooking and have no idea where to start in the herb and spice aisle? Don’t worry. There is a lot to choose from, but you focus on building your collection with the essentials first. The following herbs and spices can be found in any grocery store and are some of the most versatile and important in our Whole Harvest opinion.

Note that the difference between herbs and spices is that herbs are the leaves of the plant, while spices come from the roots or bark.

Oregano – Herb

  • Use it in marinades or stuffings
  • Chop and mix into bread
  • Garnish a pizza
  • Add to a salad

Red Pepper Flakes – Spice

  • Add it to homemade marinara sauce
  • Top a pizza
  • Top a pasta dish

Curry – Spice

  • Flavor soups or stews
  • Marinade vegetables
  • Season potatoes

Parsley – Herb

  • Add to pesto
  • Make Chimichurri Sauce
  • Top pasta dishes
  • Use on vegetables

Thyme – Herb

  • Flavor Marinades
  • Add to Soups
  • Make Tea
  • Add to cocktails/mocktails


Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many ways you can use these herbs and spices! Feel free to experiment with them all and even mix a few of them together.
Having versatile spices and herbs on hand can easily be added to a meal to make your dishes more complex and delicious. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more tips and recipes!

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