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Top 5 Spices Of France

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VanillaFrench cuisine is the undisputed king among world cuisines and its USP is that it is lightly seasoned, allowing the natural flavor of the ingredients to pour through your taste buds. However, that does not mean that there are no spices of France, at all. In fact, in the medieval period, the French food used to be loaded with spices. That effect is returning now and therefore, it is the right time to acknowledge the top 5 spices of France. Since the French food is so vast, it was not possible to gather all the spices into just 5 points here. Therefore, the spices have been enlisted by the purpose for which they are used:


 


1) Spices for Red Meat


 


Most of the red meat dishes in France are cooked with a bouquet of herbs and spices, which includes saffron, mustard, bay leaf, cayenne, mint, cumin, coriander, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and laurel, etc. Be it beef, lamb or pork, these spices play wonder with the food.


 


2) Spices for Poultry


 


Besides salt and pepper, chicken dishes in France are cooked with a host of spices like paprika, garlic, ginger, mustard, thyme, basic, and cayenne pepper. Other poultry dishes make use of mustard and cumin as well.


 


3) Spices for Vegetables 


 


The French cuisine is not discriminatory towards the vegetarians, therefore, the vegetarian food is cooked with an equally good number of spices, including clove, thyme, garlic, nutmeg, parsley, chives, bay leaf brewer’s yeast, oregano, and thyme. While the natural flavor of the vegetables remains intact, the spices work wonder for enhancing that taste.


 


4) Spices for Seafood


 


Saffron, ginger, and paprika are mainly used to cook fishes in French kitchens while scallops, a favorite French seafood, are cooked with the help of basil, white pepper, garlic, and thyme. Various spice mixtures, made up of thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and savory, are used to cook seafood as well.


 


5) Spices for Fruit & Desserts


You would think spices are used only for cooking, well you stand corrected as the French make use of spices like mint, vanilla, and cinnamon in preparing fruit desserts and sauces to serve with them. In fact, even while serving fruits, these spices are used generously.


 


The exuberance of the French cuisine is explained very well with the help of the top 5 spices of France. Make use of this article to brush up your skills as a French cook and create wonders in your kitchen.


 


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