With cooler temps and fall colors rolling in, it’s a great time to think about the seasonings and aromas of autumn. Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and your food deserves as much fall flavor as your festive decor. Here are 7 spices for fall that are perfect to get you in the seasonal spirit.
Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices, both on this list and around the world. It is versatile enough to pair with both sweet and savory dishes. For example, try it fruit dishes like homemade fruit butters or pies, and sprinkle it sparingly in stew, casseroles and breads.
Actually the dried and ground fruit of a West Indian tree, allspice is delicious in stews, roasts and some breads. A little goes a long way, so follow the recipe carefully and start with just a pinch or two in your own recipes.
This aromatic spice is also very popular during the winter holiday season, and pairs well with many meats, fruits, desserts and more. For an inexpensive and festive fall air freshener, try making your own orange pomander balls with fresh oranges, cloves and spices. Organic.org has a tutorial so easy the kids can help!
Nutmeg is a unique flavor and one that really complements and enhances baked dishes, sauces and desserts. It is also great with pudding, spinach, and squash, and is a prime flavoring ingredient in pumpkin dishes and eggnog. Nutmeg can purchased in ground form or bought whole and grated.
Pumpkin spice, also called pumpkin pie spice, is practically synonymous with fall. Pumpkin spice isn’t just for pies, though! Try it in all kinds of desserts and snacks for instant fall flavor, like cookies, cakes, muffins and even coffee and cocoa. Want it fresh? The Kitchn tells you how to make your own.
Rosemary is a savory spice with an intense herbal flavor that just begs to be paired with meat, tomato dishes and roasted veggies. Rosemary is reported to have health-boosting antioxidant properties, and is yummy used sparingly in herbal teas. Fresh rosemary is best, but dried can be nearly as flavorful.
Saffron is an exotic spice that lends a rich yellow-orange color and unique subtle flavor to many different dishes. If you are in the mood for creating a flavorful curry or colorful paella this fall, saffron is the right spice for your. This delicate spice can also be used in certain desserts.
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