American cuisine is as diverse as its people. Different regions have cultivated their own foods and flavors, each as broad as the cultures that thrive there. The United States has become a melting pot of foods from around the world—melding cooking styles and ingredients to form innovative and sometimes odd fusions.
As people immigrated to the States they brought their styles of cooking with them. Those style evolved within our American climate to become something completely different, but ultimately delicious. The Americas also offered new ingredients for cooks; like turkey, pecans, avocados, and tomatoes. We've embraced these new foods and fused them into something beautiful and scrumptious.
With such culinary diversity, it would be difficult to narrowly focus the wide range of spices and herbs used by American cooks. Almost every conceivable seasoning flavor is in use in some form by some type of American cuisine. We feel that each of the following spices and blends typify some particularly American dish, and herbs and spices that are native to America. For ways to use these spices and seasonings, check out our American recipes section.