Simply Beyond has just come out with a line of spray-on herbs. They are organic and made from concentrated herbal essential oils mixed with a base of non-GMO organic canola oil. These sprays are free from chemicals, preservatives, and even contact to air (due to the special non-aerosol spray design used) they can keep unrefrigerated in your pantry for a year and still provide you with fresh herb flavor.
These Spray-On Herbs are pretty versatile and can be used to flavor popcorn, marinate steak, jazz up a handful of nuts, or elevate your favorite pizza. There are currently seven available flavors of Spray-On Herb — garlic, basil, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lemongrass. We tried four of the available flavors (garlic, lemongrass, oregano, and rosemary) plus the surprise addition of pumpkin spice Spray-On Spice (rather than Spray-On Herb). The garlic, rosemary and oregano were big hits, flavoring some bland popcorn we had on hand beautifully. The lemongrass flavor was more aggressive and not so popular, smelling more like the essential oils used to make it than the fresh version it aims to replicate.
The spray that yielded the strongest reaction by far upon spraying was the pumpkin spice. While the other sprays did a remarkable job of replicating their fresh counterparts, the pumpkin spice was immediately more reminiscent of those candles found in a home décor store during the holiday season (or as soon as the first pumpkin spiced latte makes is seasonal debut).
The ingredients in the spray are not at all offensive, no foreign flavorings or hard-to-pronounce words, only organic canola oil, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice essential oils. The overpowering smell of the pumpkin spice spray is certainly due to the concentrated nature of the product, and no doubt when used (as suggested on the can) to enhance savory dishes (sweet potato casserole perhaps?) or spice up your baking (pumpkin spice sugar cookies?) it probably produces a more desired effect.
Though powerful, these spray-on herbs are undoubtedly a fun and a useful way to inject flavor into food quickly without running to the store for a single ingredient. My recommendation would be go for the garlic and rosemary first — and if you’re feeling curious, venturesome, and in the mood for pumpkin spice something, then by all means go for it.