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National Herbs and Spices Day – Our Five Iconic Spices

Herbs and Spices Day – Our Five Iconic Spices

Vanilla, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Red Pepper and Oregano. These are five spices that you most likely always have on hand. They’re also our five iconic spices. Each one stands out on their own to make dishes truly come to life.


A baking staple, vanilla is one of the iconic flavors of homemade treats. Vanilla beans are grown from orchid flowers on a vine that takes three years to fully mature. The flowers are hand pollinated on the day the orchid blooms to ensure a healthy crop of beans months later. Taste the difference pure vanilla makes in this Ultimate Vanilla Cheesecake recipe! LINK:


Our cinnamon comes from the bark of trees that are at least 15 years old, which is when the flavor is fully developed. While this iconic flavor is usually associated with the holiday season, it can be enjoyed year-round, like in this Red Iced Tea recipe! LINK:

Black Pepper

It’s an essential spice, beloved around the world, with a place of honor by the stove and on the table. Among hot spices, black pepper delivers only a fraction of the heat you get from chili peppers. Use this classic spice in a new dish like these South American Arepas with Easy Greek Moussaka. LINK:

Red Pepper

McCormick Red Pepper, also called cayenne pepper, is made from the seeds and pods of red, ripe chili peppers that have been gently sun-dried and milled. We test each batch of peppers for color, flavor, aroma and heat. This commitment to consistent quality is bound to bring the heat and flavor to dishes like this Mediterranean Pasta with Fire Roasted Tomatoes. LINK:


Did you know? Oregano wasn’t widely used in the U.S. until G.I.s returned home from Italy after World War II, bringing a taste for the herb with them. It’s been enjoyed on the American table ever since! Put a twist on this classic flavor by incorporating it in this Fiesta Rice Bowl! LINK:


Celebrate the variety spices bring to your favorite dishes this #NationalHerbsandSpicesDay!