Practice your herbs and spices vocabulary the next time you whip something up in the kitchen! (Whip something up = prepare a meal). Watch the video for the correct pronunciation in American English. You'll need to say the word out loud during the pauses after each word.
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Do you like cooking? Do you like eating? Most people love eating when there is good food in front of them. We use herbs and spices in food primarily for adding flavor and aroma. Some herbs are used for medicinal purposes as well.
Herbs are leafy parts of a plant that are used to add flavor to food. Herbs can be used fresh or dried. Common herbs are mint, parsley, basil, thyme and oregano.
Spices are also used to give flavor to food, however they come from the other parts of the plant, especially the seeds, bark and roots of the plant. Spices are always used in dried form and they are usually ground into a powder or seeds. They often have very intense (strong flavors).
Notice pepper is on the list but not its sidekick (= its usual partner) salt. You probably haven't found salt growing on plants because it is a mineral, not a spice or an herb. Nevertheless, you'll usually find salt on the spice shelf and people commonly call it a spice.
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I've also created several pages of vocabulary for other food items so please check out the link below to go to the main vocabulary page where you can learn about vegetables, fruits, etc.
So, here we are... time to practice the vocabulary. I am really interested in knowing which herbs and spices are commonly used in the traditional foods in your country. Some cultures really like to spice up their food!
On a piece of paper write something to practice this vocabulary (this will help you remember the words more easily). Or you can practice by speaking out loud to yourself (yes, this is excellent practice) or you can talk with a friend.
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