English/Spanish List of Herbs and Spices

“We have finally started to notice that there is real curative value in local herbs and remedies. In fact, we are also becoming aware that there are little or no side effects to most natural remedies, and that they are often more effective than Western medicine.”  ~Anne Wilson Schaef


I like to cook with a variety of spices. Recently when I went to the Mercado, I found that I did not know the Spanish word for basil and my Venezuelan husband, not knowing his way around a kitchen, did not know the Spanish word either. I tried to get the translation with my Google Translate app, but for some reason couldn’t get the translation.We went home and looked it up on the computer. What did we ever do without the computer? Oh I remember, we walked to the local library, went to the card catalog, searched the shelves  and found a book or Encyclopedia, turned to the index and looked it up. Then wrote it down and walked back home.

Anyway, the site we went on was: www.ecaudorresources.com. (click).  The site gave the translations in a narrative form which was interesting, but I wanted to put it in a chart form so I could print it out and read it at a glance when I was shopping, or I could bookmark this page and pull it up on the cell phone when I’m at the mercado. Don’t you just love technology! (Coming from a 70 year old woman)!

I hope this will help my expat friends until our Spanish gets to the level we hope for.

English Spanish
allspice Pimienta Dulce
basil albaca
cammomile manzanilla
chives cebollin
cilantro cilantro
cinnamon cinnamon
cumin comino
ginger jengibre
lemon grass Hierba Luisa
lemon verbena cedron (plant)
nutmeg nuez moscada
parsley perijil
rosemary romero (plant)
sage salvia
spearmint Yerba Buena
tarragon estrgon
thyme tomillo
tumeric curcumin
        • Not sure I follow.Are you saying your use of spices is “zip”? I thought I remember you talking about cooking things on your facebook posts. Or, you just may have to explain the reference. I can be dense at times.

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