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Herbs and Spices

Chapter Concepts

1. Essential oils are volatile substances that contribute to the essence, the aroma or flavor, of herbs and spices.

2. The desire for spices had a significant impact on the history of world exploration, colonization, and trade.

3. In temperate regions, the use of herbs goes back to prehistoric time, and four plant families provide the majority of herbs in use today.