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Spices appreciated by Cubans

Spices appreciated by Cubans

The essentials for Cuban cuisine:

Cumin, oregano, pepper and bay leaf.

Such as garlic, chili peppers and onions, limes and bitter oranges, these are the basic elements.

Also :

Cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, basil, parsley and coriander

Paprika, rosemary, thyme, dill and anise

The last two groups are perhaps used less because they are also less available. Aromatic herbs are seasonal. I try to look everywhere in the city's agro-markets and depending on the season I'm lucky to find quite a few.

Olives, capers, mushrooms and raisins are very popular for some Cuban recipes but very difficult to find.

Celery and chives are other popular herbs.

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