16 Seasoning and Flavorings

Seasonings and flavorings are used to enhance the natural flavor of a food. Spices and flavorings can be added to foods at any time during the cooking process. Certain forms of foods require that seasonings be added at a specific time. The most common seasonings are herbs and spices. Foodservice professionals must know the flavor, aroma, and effects on food of herbs and spices to use them effectively.

Other seasonings and flavorings include condiments and nuts. Condiments are flavored sauces that are served with food. Nuts add color, texture, and flavor to food. You should evaluate color, appearance, flavor, and texture of food to determine how each one will affect the senses. Foodservice professionals taste a variety of food products to evaluate, or analyze, their characteristics.


  • pdf version of Unit 5, Chapter 16
  • (Glencoe/McGraw Hill, Culinary Essentials, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-07-888359-0)
  • Note Taking Worksheet
  • Reading Comprehension Activity Sheet
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Practice Quiz
  • Check your answers after you read
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