An herb (pronounced ûrb in American English and hûrb in British English) is a plant grown for culinary or medicinal value. Typically, the green, leafy part of the plant is used. By contrast, spices are the seeds, berries, bark, or other parts of the plant. Herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that they are used in small quantities and provide flavor rather than substance to food.
Botanically, a herb is a plant that does not produce a woody stem.
"The herb" is also a slang term for cannabis.
- Food Bacteria-Spice Survey Shows Why Some Cultures Like It Hot (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/03/980305053307.htm) Citat: "...Garlic, onion, allspice and oregano, for example, were found to be the best all-around bacteria killers (they kill everything)...Top 30 Spices with Antimicrobial Properties..."
- May 22, 2001, Add a Little Spice to Your Life. (http://a-s.clayton.edu/hampikian/Research/Spice/WebMDAddaLittleSpicetoYourLife.html) And Take Away a Few Bacteria That Cause Disease
- August 18, 1998, Common Kitchen Spices Kill E. Coli O157:H7 (http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/pr_fsaf/News%20Releases/relspicfung.htm) Citat: "...The study is the first in the United States that looks at the effect of common spices on E. coli O157:H7. Previous studies have concluded spices kill other foodborne pathogens. "In the first part of our study, we tested 23 spices against E. coli O157:H7 in the laboratory," Fung said. "We found that several spices are good at killing this strain of E. coli."..."