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Herbs, spices and condiments

allspice

noun

a powder made from the fruit of a tropical tree that is added to food to give it extra flavour

aniseed

noun

the seed of a plant called anise, used for adding flavour to food and drink

basil

noun

a plant whose sweet leaves are used in salads and cooking, especially in dishes containing tomato. Basil is a herb.

bay leaf

noun

a leaf from a bay tree that is often used in cooking to add flavour

black pepper

noun

pepper produced from dried crushed pepper seeds and their hard black cover

borage

noun

a plant with rough leaves used for giving a fresh flavour to food. Borage is a herb.

bouquet garni

noun

a mixture of herbs in a small bag, that you use to add flavour to soups, sauces etc when you are cooking

caraway

noun

the seeds of a plant used on or in food such as bread or cakes

cardamom

noun

the seeds of a plant used for giving a particular flavour to food. Cardamom is a spice.

cayenne pepper

noun

a red powder made from a type of pepper that has a strong flavour. It is added to food to make it taste spicy.

chili

the American spelling of chilli

chilli

noun

chilli powder

chilli powder

noun

a red powder made from chillies, used for adding a hot flavour to food. Chilli powder is a type of spice.

chives

noun

a plant with long thin leaves that taste like onion and are used for flavouring food

cilantro

noun

coriander

cinnamon

noun

a brown powder or small stick made from the bark of a tree and used for giving a special taste to food, especially sweet food. Cinnamon is a spice.

clove

noun

a brown dried flower bud used as a spice for adding flavour to food

clove

noun

a small section of the bulb of a garlic plant used for adding flavour to food

cocoa

noun

a brown powder made from cocoa beans that is used for making chocolate or chocolate-flavoured foods and drinks

condiment

noun

something such as salt, pepper, or a sauce that you put on food at the table to make it taste better

coriander

noun

a plant whose leaves and seeds are used to give flavour to food. The American word is cilantro.

cumin

noun

seeds used for adding a special flavour to food, or the plant that produces them. Cumin is a type of spice.

curry powder

noun

a mixture of spices in the form of a powder, used for making curry

dill

noun

a type of herb (=plant used for giving food a special flavour)

garam masala

noun

a mixture of spices that make food taste hot, often used in Indian cooking

ginger

noun

a thick light brown root with a strong flavour that is used as a spice in cooking

haldi

noun

turmeric used in Indian cooking

lemon grass

noun

a plant similar to thick grass that is used in cooking to give a lemon flavour, especially in Southeast Asian meals

mace

noun

the crushed shell of nutmeg, used for adding flavour to food. Mace is a spice.

marjoram

noun

a plant whose leaves are used in cooking. Marjoram is a herb.

menthol

noun

a substance that smells and tastes like mint

mint

noun

a small plant with green leaves that have a strong smell, used for adding flavour to food. Mint is a herb.

mustard

noun

a yellow substance with a hot taste made from the seeds of a plant. Mustard is eaten, especially with meat, in small amounts.

nutmeg

noun

a brown powder used as a spice to give flavour to food. It comes from the hard seed of a tropical tree.

oregano

noun

a plant whose leaves are used in cooking for giving a special flavour to food. Oregano is a herb.

paprika

noun

a red powder used in cooking for adding a slightly hot flavour to food. Paprika is a spice.

parsley

noun

a small plant with curly leaves, used for decorating food or for giving it a fresh flavour. Parsley is a herb.

pepper

noun

a black or white powder that adds strong flavour to food. It is made from crushed dried fruits called peppercorns.

rock salt

noun

pieces of salt used in cooking

rosemary

noun

a bush with narrow leaves that have a strong pleasant smell and taste, used as a herb in cooking

saffron

noun

an orange-yellow substance used for adding flavour and colour to food

sage

noun

a plant used to flavour food. Sage is a herb.

salt

noun

a white substance that is often added to food before or after cooking to improve its flavour. Salt is dug from the ground, or produced from sea water

sassafras

noun

the roots of this tree used in food and drinks

sea salt

noun

large pieces of salt that are produced when sea water evaporates (=becomes steam)

seasoning

noun

salt, pepper, or other spices that you add to food to improve the taste

seed

noun

a seed that you eat or use to give flavour to food

sodium chloride

noun

salt

sorrel

noun

a plant with bitter leaves that people use for giving a fresh flavour to food

spearmint

noun

a flavour from the leaves of a plant used in sweets and in toothpaste

spice

noun

a substance made from plants and added to food to give it a particular flavour

tarragon

noun

the leaves of a small plant that are added to food to give it a special flavour. Tarragon is a herb.

thyme

noun

a small plant with very small leaves used for adding flavour to food. Thyme is a herb.

turmeric

noun

a yellow powder used when cooking for adding flavour and colour to food, especially curry. Turmeric is a spice.

vanilla

noun

a flavour used in some sweet foods, for example cakes and ice cream, that comes from the bean of a tropical plant

white pepper

noun

pepper in the form of a white powder

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