Fall Fusion Spices
Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, and Pumpkin Spice are just a few of the many spices that scream “Autumn is in the air!” There’s nothing like the aroma of these warming spices to send comforting sensations into the soul, which is why they are so beneficial to incorporate into our diet as the mornings get crisper and sniffles start to set in. By nature’s design, these Fall fusion, warming spices can naturally increase your internal body temperature, giving you the sensation of feeling warmer. Not only that but they are also known to improve blood circulation, which allows your body to stay warm easily and operate at the optimum, no matter what the weather brings.
Let’s look at the beneficial properties of a few autumnal spices and how we can sprinkle them into our Fall dishes, shall we?
Cardamom comes from seed pods and contains properties that can help relax us and soothe or potentially reduce inflammation. With a rich source of antioxidants known to relieve respiratory ailments, it serves as the perfect addition to hot beverages such as cider and tea, especially when your sinuses are all stuffed up. Cardamom has a strong aroma that is noticeably apparent and goes excellent in savory stews or decadent desserts such as brown-butter cardamom banana bread.
Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon-infused tea, and a touch of cinnamon in a delicious curry? Yes, please! Cinnamon is rich in tannins, can help promote stomach and spleen function, and is a fantastic remedy for treating weakness, coldness, and inflammation. It also has astringent properties and can tighten tissues due to its ability to absorb excess water. Consuming or even smelling cinnamon creates a warming sensation within the body, which can instantly enhance our happiness. Let’s be honest–Cinnamon is the king of comfort and easily one of the best aromas to help get us into the Fall spirit.
Cloves are undoubtedly one of the most aromatic spices out there. Their potent flavor and scent compliment hot drinks incredibly well, such as cider, chai tea, and mulled wine–drinks that can be enjoyed year-round but taste exceptionally better in the chiller months. They can help heighten the flavor of sweeter dishes such as stewed apples, gingerbread, or pumpkin pie. Coziness factor: 100. Cloves have a distinct flavor, so use sparingly.
Nutmeg is jam-packed with antioxidants and is well-known for protecting against aging, alleviating digestive issues, and certain oral conditions. In fact, it is used in various dental products due to its oral benefits. If you’re a fan of eggnog, oatmeal, or coffee, we highly advise you to enhance with a pinch of nutmeg. Many Caribbean cuisine uses nutmeg to liven up a bland flavor profile. It is a significant flavor boost for winter squash, such as a roasted pumpkin or delicate salad with apples, goat, or blue cheese. Use a modest amount to avoid overpowering your dish.
If we’re talking about Fall spices, it would be a crime not to mention Pumpkin Spice. Pumpkin is beyond nourishing and beneficial in many ways. It’s true magic. Not only can it increase mental and physical activity and cell turnover, but pumpkin is also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals–such as zinc and magnesium–that boost our immune system and promote brain health. Pumpkin spice has antioxidants and antimicrobial agents that are just as good for your internal system as for your skin and body.
You can make your own pumpkin face masks–which are packed with fruit enzymes–to brighten, soothe, and smooth your skin. While you might notice pumpkin spice sprouting up in many dishes and beverages this October, we encourage you to try to incorporate it in dishes you plan to make in the comfort of your home. Try a pumpkin spice hummus on for size, or pumpkin cream cheesecake. Sweet potato casserole is another nutritious and delicious choice where pumpkin spice wins.
Allspice comes in either the whole berry or ground up and originates from a tree called–none other than–the allspice tree. Contrary to popular belief, allspice is its own flavor–it’s not a combination of spices, though it tastes like a combination of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It is antiseptic and anti-fungal has a mesmerizing fragrance and is a tremendous immunity booster and digestive aid.
Allspice is a common ingredient in gingerbread, baked goods with pumpkin, fruit preserves, and jams. Its distinct flavor is synonymous with the Fall–slightly peppery, zesty, and warm. While it is commonly used in sweet desserts and beverages, it can compliment savory dishes well, providing a nice balance of flavor.
Choose Your Adventure
Now it’s time to get creative and make your fall fusion spice blend! Use any of the above spices, grind them into a fine powder, and blend to your heart’s content! A fall spice blend is great to have on hand to throw a pinch into warm lattes or savory soups and stews. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and want to kick Fall off on the right foot, you can also try your hand at making an autumn-inspired Fall simmer pot. Peep the recipe below for inspiration, though any combination of fruit, water, and fall spices will help you adjust to colder days ahead!
Fall Simmer Pot Recipe
Make your house smell like Fall with this cozy fall simmer pot recipe, which is essentially an amplified potpourri. The aroma envelops your home and sends pleasantries through your nostrils and entire body.
- Mandarin orange
- Bay leaf
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cloves–preferably white
Peel oranges, slice the fruit, and bring water to a boil. Add a few dashes of each spice and let simmer for the day.