Seasonings and Dried Products

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Seasonings A-Z
A seasoning can bring a world of
flavor to your cooking.

  • Cilantro: Also called fresh coriander or Chinese parsley. It is a flat-leafed parsley with a pungent, almost musky odor that imparts a distinctive flavor to Oriental dishes. Parsley can be substituted for color, but it will not give the same flavor.
  • Five-Spice Powder: A seasoning with a pronounced aroma that combines ground star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves, and Szechwan pepper.
  • Garlic: The strongly scented, pungent bulb of a plant related to the onion. Each bulb is composed of small segments called cloves. Besides fresh garlic, you'll find garlic bottled and dried.
  • Gingerroot: A knobby root with brown skin and cream-colored flesh. Fresh gingerroot is aromatic with a sharp, spicy flavor. Peel off the skin and then slice or shred the flesh. Ground ginger is the dried version.
  • Star Anise: A dried, star-shaped spice with a licorice-like flavor and aroma. It often comes broken into pieces, but a perfect star anise is an eight-pointed star.
  • Whole Szechwan Pepper: Tiny, reddish-brown berries. If eaten alone, they have a slight numbing effect on the tongue. They lend aromatic flavor to dishes. If desired, substitute whole black peppercorns.

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