You’re probably familiar with the typical herbs and spices you see in stores – black pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon. All of these are common household spices that you surely have in your own pantry. But what about the rare herbs and spices you haven’t heard of? We have a variety of wildcrafted ingredients like bladderwrack and milk thistle that aren’t so familiar. You may not even know what you’re missing out on! We’re going to explain some of these rare herbs and spices, and hopefully get you interested in expanding your flavor horizons.
Rare Herbs And Spices
These rare herbs and spices are not only great for adding flavor to your food, but they also have some added health benefits. Take a look and see which new spice or herb you NEED to add to your pantry!
Black Cohosh Root
This rare herb is native to North America, typically grown in rich hardwood forests. Even before us, Native Americans began using this herb thousands of years ago to aid with women’s health issues. Black cohosh is a dietary supplement formulated to support symptoms related to menopause and menstruation. This herb has been used to support hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularities, and as a supplement, it’s an easy and natural alternative to hormone replacements.
Milk thistle is a botanical typically found in Europe, as well as North America, that can be found growing in rocky dry areas. This botanical has been known to support liver detoxification, a healthy immune system and bone health. While milk thistle is typically sold as a dietary supplement or a powder supplement, it also comes in seed form and can be added to salads as you would do with cheese or sunflower seeds.
This unique spice grows on the carob tree, mostly found in the Mediterranean and Middle East. After the sweet pulp found inside a carob pod is dried and roasted, it is commonly used as an alternate substitute for chocolate. The naturally sweet pulp has no added sugar and is high in fiber. While this fun spice is used as a chocolate alternative, it also has some added benefits. Carob has been known to be a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And it also supports healthy digestion and weight loss.
Rosehip, a deciduous shrub, grows mostly in Europe and western Asia. And just as you may have guessed, they do develop on wild roses as the flowers begin to fall off, leaving behind this small fruit. Like other similar fruits, the rosehip is tart and can be used to sprinkle over foods such as granola, ice cream, and yogurt. Rosehip is also occasionally used to make jams and is used in cosmetics such as facial masks and soaps. This uncommon herb is known to support healthy cholesterol, digestion, and skin, and is typically sold as a powder.
Even the name of this herb is unique! Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed, typically found along the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans of the United States. After the seaweed is dried, it’s turned into a powder and can be incorporated into teas and smoothies as a dietary supplement. The iodine found in bladderwrack has been known to support a healthy thyroid. Along with thyroid support, bladderwrack supports a healthy digestive system and even has anti-inflammatory properties.
Red Beet Root
Known for its bright red color, this ingredient grows as a root underground and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine for added support. Originally from Europe, beets made their way over to the Americas with colonization by Europeans. The roots are crushed up into powder and can then be added to smoothies or shakes as a dietary supplement and used to benefit different aspects of health. Red beet root supports energy and healthy blood pressure, supports digestive health and brain function.
Prairie Herb Farms – Your Go-To Online Spice and Herb Shop
Prairie Herb Farms has an abundance of useful herbs and spices that can be used in your day to day foods. We strive to give our customers quality ingredients that will not only enhance their food, but enhance their life. Above all, we work hard to give you the best ingredients that are 100% organic and wildcrafted. Whether you’re looking for the best black pepper, or want to try some more rare herbs and spices, we have the products you’re looking for. Check out our herbs and spices today and get started on expanding your knowledge of what you thought flavor was.