French Herbs and Spices

On this page you’ll find a complete list of vocabulary words for herbs (les herbes) and spices (les épices) in French. If you are cooking in France and need to find ingredients then knowing these words will definitely be useful. Overall they’re quite similar to English and easy to learn. Examples of similar words are “la vanille” for vanilla and “le cumin” for cumin.

les épices spices les herbes herbs le piment chilli (pepper)
le paprika paprika le poudre de curry curry powder
la cardamome cardamom
la safran saffron le fenugrec fenugreek le grain de poivre peppercorn
le poivre de la Jamaïque allspice le bouquet garni bouquet garni
le cumin cumin
le curcuma tumeric le macis mace la noix de muscade nutmeg
la vanille vanille le bouquet garni bouquet garni
la cannelle cinnamon
le clou de girofle cloves la citronnelle lemon grass
l’anis étoillé star anise
le gingembre ginger la feuille de laurier bay leaf
le persil parsley
les graines de fenouil fennel seeds
le fenouil fennel la menthe mint
le thym thyme la sauge sage la ciboulette chives
le basilic basil la marjolaine marjoram l’estragon tarragon
l’origan oregano l’aneth dill la coriandre coriander
le roumarin rosemary l’échalote shallot la graine de mutarde mustard seed

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