What is the difference between a spice and an herb?

United States
January 20, 2007 10:21am CST
What is the difference between a spice and an herb?
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@angelicEmu (1311)
20 Jan 07
Herbs tend to be the leaf part of a plant, and are usually best when used fresh. Spices tend to be the seed, the pod, or root of the respective plant, and are more generally dried before use. There are exceptions to this, of course as with anything - bay leaves are a herb which is best dried before use, as it's quite bitter if you use it fresh. And did you know that coriander (or cilantro if you're from the US) is both a herb and a spice? The leaves are a herb, and the seeds are dried and used as a spice, which has a very different flavour and properties to the leaf. Isn't nature great?!
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
26 Jan 07
nature is great but salt is a spice and it doesnt fit your description
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I think they are the same sometimes when the herb is used as a spice but not all spices are herbs