English Vocabulary Words: Herbs and Spices

Learn English words for common seasonings – herbs and spices that are used to add flavor to food.

The difference between herbs and spices is that herbs are the leafy green part of the plant, and spices come from seeds, roots, bark, fruit, or vegetables.

basil

english-words-basil

cilantro / coriander

English Vocabulary Words - Coriander

parsley

English Vocabulary Words - Parsley

dill

English Vocabulary Words - Dill

rosemary

English Vocabulary Words - Rosemary

oregano

English Vocabulary Words - Oregano

bay leaves

English Vocabulary Words - Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are usually dried and used to provide flavor in soups

cumin

English Vocabulary Words - Cumin

Cumin can be used in the form of the seeds, or ground into a powder.

chilli pepper / cayenne pepper

English Vocabulary Words - Chilli Pepper

Chilli pepper is a “hot” pepper. It can be used whole, or dried and ground into powder.

paprika

English Vocabulary Words - Paprika

Paprika also comes from a type of pepper, but it is not as “hot.”

cinnamon

English Vocabulary Words - Cinnamon

Cinnamon is often used in desserts and sweet dishes.

cloves

English Vocabulary Words - Cloves

nutmeg

English Vocabulary Words - Nutmeg

saffron

English Vocabulary Words - Saffron

Saffron comes from a flower.

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