Fall Spices: Cinnamon, Clove, and Nutmeg

Many cooking and baking spices exist on your spice rack for use all year long. Some are very popular Fall spices. Having a decent collection of these mighty spice bottles lining up the spice rack will give you an array of the best flavors possible.

While many of these will be the usual, such as Himalayan salts, hot spices, ground peppers, and other great cooking herbs, there are three high-profile spices we will focus on today: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. We’ll give you the lowdown on these three big cooking and baking spices and where they’re most useful.

Fun Facts about Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg

Cinnamon is a spice made from the bark of the Cinnamomum zelanicum tree of India and the related Cinnamomum cassia tree, more common around the Southeast Asian regions. If you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls and apple pies, cinnamon gives it its sweet, earthy flavor perfect for flavored soft breads. Chances are you’ll find this among a chef’s arsenal of spices.

Cloves are known more for their role in bread and baking. It has a strong spice flavor profile used in pies, cookies, and cakes, but more as an added enhancement rather than a dominant flavor. Not many know that whole clove spikes are in demand for ham and chicken dishes too. That crossover appeal from meat to baked goods makes it more versatile than the others. It’s another important spice among a personal chef’s preferred spice collections.

Nutmeg adds an earthy, aromatic spice you can use in small, freshly ground doses. It is most excellent in soups, sauces, meat dishes, vegetable dishes, spiced butter, bread, and baked goods as well. It seems that nutmeg does equal cloves as an equal spice rack addition. A versatile private dinner chef will also include this spice in his collection.

Holiday Food

It’s no surprise that these inseparable spices glow the brightest during the holiday season of December to January. Many foods, baked goodies, and even holiday concoctions use these Fall spices for some distinct Christmas flavors. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a trio of the same spices more celebratory than these three.

For cinnamon, it’s already a common bread flavor for cinnamon morning rolls and Christmas star bread. Its effervescent aroma goes well with morning coffees, especially on Christmas and New Year’s day mornings. 

You also have the popular nutmeg, common with many private chefs looking to cook roasted chicken, vegetable dishes, and baked goods. Those who dig the classic eggnog know it is the key spice for a complete holiday flavor. Cloves meanwhile retain their stature on holiday hams. It is also present in baked goods, other meats, and sauces for the holidays.


Your knowledge and collection of Fall spices are limited only by your knowledge of cooking and flavors. The more spices you are adept at using, the wider and more colorful your actual food palette is. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg may look like a limited scope, but its flavors and food products are some of the most unique and iconic. These three spices give life to bread, meats, sauces, and drinks.

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Published By Michael Casciello