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I bought a huge stack of spices(I think they are called dry, as they are dried out and come in containers).
Most of these spices taste like dirt. The parsley smells nothing like the fresh one. The dill and the coriander have the same disgusting smell.
I don't know about the other spices because I never smelled them fresh, but they are: Tumeric, Cumin, Caraway seeds, Oregano, Bay leaves and Black pepper.

I'm also not sure if the taste is as ugly as the smell since it is difficult to analyze it in the dish.
Not being a real conosciour, I usually fail to recognize the difference between many products, but these spices barely even remind me of the fresh versions.

How is that?
 

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You have purchased both herbs and spices though in some places the terms are used interchangeably.

"Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous (non-woody) plants. They are used for savory purposes in cooking and some have medicinal value. Herbs often are used in larger amounts than spices. Herbs originated from temperate climates such as Italy, France, and England. Herb also is a word used to define any herbaceous plant that dies down at the end of the growing season and may not refer to its culinary value at all.

Spices are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark. Spices are native to warm tropical climates and can be woody or herbaceous plants. Spices often are more potent and stronger flavored than herbs; as a result they typically are used in smaller amounts. Some spices are used not only to add taste, but also as a preservative."
Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University

Your herbs are the:
parsley
dill
oregano
bay leaves

Your spices are the:
coriander
turmeric
cumin
caraway seed
black pepper

In future don’t buy in bulk. Just contact jamaicathings.com The eating experience is as much aroma as it is flavor which are exuded by both herbs, and even more so by spices.

Herbs will not be as fragrant when dried as when they are fresh although there are a few exceptions such as rosemary and thyme. Most will agree that herbs like parsley and basil are not worth drying because the dehydrated product is mild to the point of being undetectable.

Both herbs and spices contain oils that do not evaporate upon dehydration. These oils can be brought out by the heat applied during cooking just as many nuts are toasted before incorporating them into a dish in order to release their oils.

I am curious as to why you purchased them. Did you have specific dishes in mind or things that you wanted to try with these ingredients?
 

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It's true. Herbs and spices are not the same animal when dried. Also, in bulk, your seasonings may be stale - giving you that lovely 'dusty' smell/taste. Some herbs are stronger when dried, some change flavour completely, some become useless. Buy your seasonings in small amounts. If you can get fresh, do, then freeze them (many herbs I puree and stick in ice cube trays then ziplock them). They are almost (but not quite) as good as fresh.
 
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