Seasonings are usually dried before use. To read about how best to dry plant parts, see the teas section here. Once dried, seasonings should be stored in a cool, dry place in sealed containers. Seasonings can be used on just about anything that one perpares. Feel free to experiment.

Plants in this guide that can used for seasonings

Cruciferae - The Mustard Family

Field Pennycress

Dried seedpods can be used as a substitute for pepper.

Cupressaceae - The Juniper Family

Common Juniper

Berries can be crushed to create a unique flavored seasoning. They are also used as a flavoring in gin.

Lauraceae - The Laurel Family


Young leaves can be dried and ground to produce a seasoning often called "gumbo filet." This powder is also sometimes used to thicken soups.

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