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Herbs, spices and condiments - thesaurus

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allspice

noun

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

anise

noun

a plant similar to parsley, whose seeds are used in cooking and herbal medicine

aniseed

noun

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

asafetida

noun

a strong-smelling, pale brown spice used in Indian cooking and herbal medicine

asafoetida

basil

noun

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

bay leaf

noun

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

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 flavor to food. Borage is an herb.

bouquet garni

noun

a mixture of herbs in a small bag, that you use to add flavor 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 flavor to food. Cardamom is a spice.

cayenne pepper

noun

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

chervil

noun

a plant with feathery leaves and a delicate taste used in cooking. Chervil is an herb.

chili

noun

chili powder

chili powder

noun

a red powder made from chilies used for adding a hot flavor to food

chilli

the British spelling of chili

chive

noun

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

cilantro

noun

American the strong-tasting leaves of the coriander plant, used in making Asian and Mexican food. Cilantro is an herb. The British word is 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 flavor to food

clove

noun

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

cocoa

noun

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

condiment

noun

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

coriander

noun

British cilantro

cumin

noun

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

curry leaf

noun

a leaf from the curry tree, used especially in Indian cooking to add flavor

curry plant

noun

a flowering plant with strong-smelling leaves that are sometimes used in Mediterranean cooking

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 flavor)

fennel

noun

an herb with feathery leaves whose leaves and seeds are used for flavoring food

fenugreek

noun

a plant of the pea family whose seeds are used as a spice

ginger

noun

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

haldi

noun

Indian English turmeric used in Indian cooking

harissa

noun

a spicy sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, cumin, and other spices, originally from North Africa

hyssop

noun

a plant from the mint family whose leaves are used in cooking and herbal medicine

Kaffir lime

noun

a citrus tree from South East Asia whose leaves are used in Thai and Indonesian cooking

lemon grass

noun

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

lovage

noun

a plant similar to celery whose leaves and stem can be used as a herb or as a vegetable

mace

noun

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

marjoram

noun

a plant whose leaves are used in cooking. Marjoram is an 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 flavor to food. Mint is an 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 flavor to food. It comes from the hard seed of a tropical tree.

oregano

noun

a plant whose leaves are used in cooking to give a special flavor to food. Oregano is an herb.

paprika

noun

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

parsley

noun

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

pepper

noun

a black or white powder that adds strong flavor 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 an herb in cooking

saffron

noun

an orange-yellow substance used for adding flavor and color to food

sage

noun

a plant used to flavor food. Sage is an herb.

salt

noun

a white substance that is often added to food before or after cooking to improve its flavor. 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 flavor to food

sodium chloride

noun

salt

sorrel

noun

a plant with sour leaves that people use for giving a fresh flavor to food

spearmint

noun

a flavor from the leaves of a plant used in chewing gum and in toothpaste

spice

noun

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

star anise

noun

a star-shaped spice that tastes of aniseed, used in Asian cooking

sumac

noun

a spice made from the fruits of a small tree called a sumac, used in Middle Eastern cooking

tarragon

noun

a plant whose narrow leaves are added to food to give it a special flavor. Tarragon is an herb.

thyme

noun

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

turmeric

noun

a yellow powder used in cooking for adding flavor and color to food, especially curry. Turmeric is a spice.

vanilla

noun

a flavor 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

za'atar

noun

a mixture of thyme or other similar herbs, sumac and sesame seeds, used in Middle Eastern cooking

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