10 Must-have Herbs and Spices in American Kitchens



Allspice -- unripe, dried berries of the allspice plant -- has a distinct taste that has been described as a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. The seasoning is often used in marinades and is common in English, Indian and Mexican cuisines. Besides being a cooking spice, allspice is often used to help ease symptoms associated with arthritis and muscle pain and serves as a digestive aid.