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For those of you who like to cook, you know all too well how fun it is to try out new recipes. And it’s even more fun to add in herbs and spices to add that extra flavoring flare that brings your meals to life.

Plus, did you know some spices and herbs actually provide health benefits? Medical professionals say cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels, sage helps improve memory and brain function, peppermint eases IBS pain and reduces nausea, and turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, for instance.

But where do all of these amazing herbs and spices come from before they hit your local grocery store shelves? Let’s take a look at what your favorite spices and herbs look like before they’re harvested.