Spain is famous for its spices. All those flavours and colours are mainly due to paprika and saffron. Other widely used spices are pepper, cloves, mace and nutmeg or cinnamon. The meeting of many cultures has brought influences from Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa into the local cuisine. Influenced by the Arabs, spices such as saffron and Roman cumin, honey to sweeten sweets, fruits and almonds, and raisins are popularly added to a variety of dishes. Of the herbs, aromatic ones such as oregano, thyme, marjoram, dill, sage and, sparingly, basil are used.
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