Which Spices Are Paleo?

More or less, any naturally dried herb or spice, as well as their fresh counterpart, are not only Paleo acceptable, they’re good for you!

Each offers numerous health benefits in addition to their contribution to the overall flavor profile of any given dish.

  • If you’re buying fresh, opt for organic and be sure to wash quite well before using.  
  • To store, cut off the bottom of the stems and dry the leaves completely. Fill a jar or a water glass partially with water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar, covering loosely with a plastic bag.,changing the water after several days if the water starts to discolor.
  • For dried, simply read the ingredients to ensure there is no silicon dioxide to prevent caking, MSG to enhance flavor or anything you cannot identify as food including along with the herb or spice you’re after.
  • The only herbs and spices that are a no go come into play when anyone follows the autoimmune protocol of Paleo.  In this case, one would want to be sure to avoid anything with pepper in it, including paprika or any spice blend that might contain this nightshade vegetable.
  • Don’t make the mistake of overdoing any one particular herb or spice, especially if you take it upon yourself to buy the pill form in order to self cure a health issue you’re experiencing.  If that’s the case, get thee to a naturopath or functional medicine doc and have him or her work with you on what’s going on and what to take and how much.  Just because it’s a plant and is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat mass quantities.

Now…bring on the basil!  Paleoista Pesto is sounding good right about now!