Importance of Spices:
Spices are those plants, the products of which are made use as food adjuncts to add aroma and flavor. Condiments are also spices, products of which are used as food adjuncts to add taste only. Both spices and condiments contain essential oils which provide the flavor and taste. They are of little nutritive value. They are used whole, ground, paste, or liquid form, mainly for flavoring and seasoning of food. Most spices increase the shelf life of food, especially the dry varieties. Some are added to improve texture and some to introduce a palatable colour or odour.
There are about 63 species grown in India and almost all spices can be grown in India because of the varied climate tropical, subtropical and temperate.