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French Herbs & Spices Vocabulary

French Herbs & Spices Vocabulary

Les herbes et les épices

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.

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

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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