STAR ANISEED                                                   CASSIA SPILT                                                                  Black pepper 

spice is a dried seedfruitrootbark or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoringcoloring or preserving food. At times, a spice is used to hide other flavors.

Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants used for flavoring or as a garnish.

Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible.

A spice may have other uses, including medical, in religious ritualscosmetics & perfume production and even as a vegetable. For instance, turmeric roots are consumed as a vegetable and garlic as an antibiotic.