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Five Spices Used in Colombian Cooking

Posted in Spices by www.subanyc.com on the September 22nd, 2010

Colombian cuisine is based squarely on its influence from both European proclivities and African heritage. It kind of makes sense, doesn’t it, given its geographic proximity and historical ties to each.With that said, the five main spices that are known to dominate Colombian recipes can be identified as follows:CRACKED BLACK PEPPER plays an integral role since it was first introduced to Colombia by European colonists. This spice is so common to the cuisine that it is rare to find a recipe that does not include it.ALLSPICE (also known as Jamaican pepper) is native to South America so it makes sense that it is a common spice ingredient. Most commonly used in North America as a spice in desserts, Colombians use it as a critical component to their savory dishes.CUMIN is another common ingredient to Colombian savory main dishes and has been used since first being introduced by Spanish and Portuguese colonists.CINNAMON is yet another spice introduced to Colombia by European settlers and it is used in both sweet and savory dishes and is used in both its ground form and stick form.SAZON GOYA, a spice that might be considered less well-known than those already mentioned, is in actual fact one of the most important components of a well-stocked Colombian pantry since it is used on a very frequent basis.Sure, Colombian cooking calls for more than these spice staples, but there’s little doubt that it is these five basics that can be found stocked in every Colombian pantry.

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