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Cayenne pepper on wooden spoons - made of chili peppers sort Cayenne - lies next to it.

Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is one of the hottest spices used in the kitchen. Along with its spicy flavor, it also has a slightly bitter taste. Water 8.0%  66/14/20  LA 12:1 ALA

Ground cinnamon—Cinnamomum aromaticum—with cinnamon sticks and two unrelated leaves on top.

Ground cinnamon
Ground cinnamon is used to flavor a variety of dishes. The substance coumarin, which is found in higher levels in cheap cinnamon, may be harmful to your health. Water 10.6%  94/05/01  LA : ALA

Fresh lime (Citrus latifolia) and a lime blossom on a tree.

Limes are seldom eaten raw. They have a sour and zesty taste, and the juice and zest are added to certain dishes and drinks to enhance their flavor. Water 88.3%  92/06/02  LA : ALA

Almonds—Prunus dulcis—spilling out of a small basket onto a wooden table.

Almonds have many uses, (e.g., as raw food, a baking ingredient, almond butter, and almond oil.) Be aware that raw bitter almonds contain the toxin amygdalin. Water 4.4%  23/23/54  LA !:0 ALA

Red chili peppers, raw — Capsicum frutescens — still on the vine.

Red chili pepper
Red chili peppers are used raw or cooked with other ingredients to add spice to dishes. They may be used whole, ground into powder, or as pastes and sauces. Water 88.0%  79/17/04  LA : ALA

Agave syrup as a sweetener - drizzling off of a spoon to display the consistency, which is similar to thin honey.

Agave syrup
Agave syrup, which is used as a sweetener, dissolves quickly in both warm and cold liquids. For vegans, it is a good alternative to honey. Water 22.9%  99/00/01  LA : ALA

2 Oranges hanging on a tree (Citrus sinensis).

Orange, peeled
Oranges are a favorite ingredient in many dishes and not just because of their high vitamin C content. They can be used raw, cooked, or for their juice. Water 86.8%  92/07/01  LA : ALA

Vegetables, raw, untreated: celery, raw (Apium graveolens)

Celery stalks contain a relatively high amount of beta-carotene, and the leaves can be used to make pesto. Celery adds fresh flavor to a wide variety of dishes. Water 95.4%  78/18/04  LA : ALA

Apple cider vinegar in a glass carafe. A whole apple and a sliced apple are on the wooden cutting board next to it.

Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar, or fruit vinegar obtained from apples. It works particularly well as a seasoning for raw vegetable salads. Water 93.8%  100/00/00  LA : ALA

10 Medjool dates in a basket, arranged individually in paper liners. Called Madjool dates in the US.

Dates, medjool (large dates)
Compared to other types of dates, the Medjool variety is known for its large size, soft texture, and unique fruity flavor. Water 21.3%  97/02/00  LA : ALA

Two shades of ground paprika and paprika seeds in bowls. They are surrounded by different varieties of chili peppers—Capsicum annuum.

Ground paprika
The spiciness and flavor of ground paprika depends primarily on the type of peppers and the parts of the plant used to produce it. Water 11.2%  67/17/16  LA 16:1 ALA

Ground turmeric on the left—Curcuma longa L.—and a curcuma blossom and leaf on the right.

Ground turmeric
Turmeric is a rhizome in the ginger family that stimulates digestion. Healing effects have been ascribed to it (see text), but little evidence supports this. Water 12.8%  84/12/04  LA : ALA

Onion, red, raw - Allium cepa: one half shows red on the inside, one onion on the right.

Red onion
Red onions have a thin skin, and thanks to their mild taste they are a good choice for salads. They help prevent blood clots and are used to help treat asthma. Water 89.1%  89/10/01  LA : ALA

Cultivated mushroom, raw edible—Agaricus bisporus: Basket with white and brown cultivated mushrooms, sliced mushrooms on a wooden board in the foreground.

Button mushroom
Button mushrooms can be eaten raw and cooked. They are the most popular type of mushroom (both white and brown varieties) and can also be found in the wild. Water 92.4%  49/46/05  LA : ALA

Zucchini—Curcubita pepo: Zucchini on a wooden board with slices of the vegetable in the foreground and zucchini blossoms in the background.

Zucchini, raw
Zucchini can be used for a wide variety of dishes, including raw food dishes. It is easy to digest and rich in vitamins. A bitter taste may indicate toxins. Water 94.8%  67/26/07  LA : ALA

Flaxseed—Linum usitatissimum: brown flaxseed in a wooden bowl, a spoonful of flaxseed on the left, and flax blossoms on the right.

With 50% alpha linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid, flaxseed has the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids of all of the plant oils. Water 7.0%  32/20/47  LA 1:4 ALA

Chia seeds dried in hexagonal bowl with wooden spoon - Salvia hispanica (Chan beans)

Chia seed, dried
Chia seeds are usually only available in dried form. They are very similar to flaxseeds in that they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Water 5.8%  47/19/34  LA 1:3 ALA

Glass container and wooden spoon with coconut oil — pieces of coconut in  the foreground.

Coconut oil (Coconut butter)
Coconut oil (coconut butter) is solid at room temperature. It consists mainly of triglycerides and contains 82 % or more saturated fatty acids. Water 0.0%  00/00/100  LA : ALA

Chili powder: A sliced chili pepper to the left then increasingly smaller pieces to the right.

Chili powder
Chili powder is obtained from one of more varieties of chili pepper and sometimes contains other spices such as cayenne pepper. Water 10.8%  64/17/18  LA 14:1 ALA

Herbs, spices, salt, and sugar: ground cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

Ground cumin
Ground cumin has a fresh and slightly spicy flavor, which is particularly suitable for Arabic, Oriental, and Asian dishes. Water 8.1%  52/21/26  LA 18:1 ALA