What seasonings "make" Spanish and Mexican food?

I am wanting to make a spice garden, so don’t recomend any multipurpse seasonings in a jar (though it would be helpful untill the garden is planted.)

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  1. all those answers are good so I’ll give a few I noticed missing….
    -limes mexicans use it a lot more than lemons
    -epazote- its a leaf you add in soups for good flavor.
    -green tomatoes (its a different variety than the reds) good for green enchiladas
    -safron is used to season rice a lot and to give it color.
    thats all I have for you.

    gumby and pokey
  2. red chile
    cilantro
    tomatoes
    oregano
    cumin
    pasia seeds
    mint (great for soups or teas)
    lemon and limes (skin and leaves are good for teas)
    same with oranges.

    NurDREAMS
  3. A "Spanish/Mexican" garden should have:

    annato
    cilantro
    cumin
    Chili peppers: piquines or habaneros are good, but might as well add serranos and poblanos for completeness
    purple crocus flowers (this is where saffron comes from)
    Potato weed (galinsoja parviflora)
    lemon verbena (the best herbal tea in the world!)

    anon

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