Hebrew English Spice Chart

Spices are at the core of our faith. A daily offering of no fewer than eleven spices were burned on the golden altar in the Mishkan and Beit HaMikdash. Spices fueled the circumnavigation of the globe. Over the years, the use of spices in cooking has shifted from masking the unpleasant taste of meat going bad to enhancing entire dishes with delicate, robust, intricate or simple flavors. They help define the profiles of world cuisines. It’s no mistake that the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life.”

I offer a class in herbs and spices where I talk non-stop for ninety minutes; there’s simply no time for practical demonstration. And that covers what’s most commonly found in the kitchen, which is maybe a third of what’s out in the world.

In keeping with the tradition of my Bean and Legume Chart, Fish Chart and Meat Chart, I now present my Hebrew English Spice Chart.

English NameHebrew NameHebrew Transliterated
Allspiceפלפל אנגליPilpel Angli
Angelicaאנג'ליקהAngelica
Aniseכמנון, אניסKamnon, anise
Annattoעץ הליפסטיקetz halipstick
AsafoetidaחלתיתChaltit
BarberryברביריסBarberis
Basil, sweetבזיליקוםBazilicum
Bay leafעלה דפנהAleh dafna
Borageבורג'Borage
Black cardamomהל שחורHel shachor
CarawayקימלKimmel
CardamomהלHel
CarobחרובCharuv
Catnipנפית החתוליםNafit Hachatulim
CassiaכנמוןKinamon
Cayenne pepperפלפל חרוףPilpel Charif
Celery seedזרעי סלריZarei Celery
ChervilתמכהTamchah
ChicoryעולשOhlesh
Chili pepperאבקת ציליAvkat Chili
ChivesעיריתIrit
Cicelyסייסלי מתוקSissli Matok
CilantroכוזברהKuzbarah
CinnamonקנמוןKinamon
CloveציפורןTziporen
Coriander seedזרעי כוסברהZarei Kuzbarah
CuminכמוןKamon
Dill herb or weedשמירShamir
FennelשומרShumar
FenugreekחילבהChilbeh
GarlicשוםShum
GingerזנגבילZangvil, ginger
Grains of paradiseגרגר גן עדןGargayr Gan Eden
HorseradishחזרתChazeret
HyssopאזובAyzov
Jasmine flowersיסמיוYasmin
Juniper berryערערAr-ar
Kaffir lime leavesעלה קפיר לייםAleh Kafir Lime
LavenderלבנדרLavender
Lemongrassעשב לימוןEsev Limon
Lemon verbenaלואיזהLuiza
Licorice, liquoriceשושShush
Lovageעשב לוביEysev luvi
MaceמוסקטMuskat
MarjoramמיורםMayoram
MasticמסטיקMastik
MintנענעNana
MustardחרדלChardal
Mustard, blackחרדל שחורChardal shachor
NigellaקצחKetzach
NutmegמוסקטMuscat
OreganoאורגנוOregano
PaprikaפפריקהPaprika
ParsleyפטרוזיליהPetrozillia
PepperפלפלPilpel
PeppermintמנתהMenta
Poppy SeedפרגPereg
RosemaryרוזמריןRozmarin
RueפיגםPaygam
SafflowerחריעChariah
SaffronזעפרןZafran
SageמרווהMarvah
SalepסחלבSachlav
Savory, summerצתרהTzatrah
SorrelחמציץChamtzitz
SpearmintנענעNana
Star aniseכוכב אניסKochav Anise
SumacסומקSumak
Szechuan pepperפלפל סיניPilpel Sini
TarragonטרגוןTaragon
ThymeתימיןTimin
TurmericכורכוםKurkum
VanillaונילVanil
WasabiואסאביVasabi
Watercressגרגר הנחליםGargar Hanachalim
Wormwood, absintheלענהLa'anah

15 thoughts on “Hebrew English Spice Chart

  1. Marc, how could I cook without all your helpful charts. Love the Meat and Fish Charts. Next, I need a printable Oven Conversion chart and what to do all those symbols mean on the Oven?

    • I remember being at the shuk, wanting to know the names of spices! (and how to interpret the price tags). This is a nice site to explore: thanks Ruti!

    • Coriander is known here in the Arabic name Cusbara(כוסברה) The Hebrew name, which nobody uses, is Gad Hasade (גד השדה)

  2. Very helpful, but I cant help wondering nunc quod sunt omnia aromata dicitur in Latine?

    • Now that they are all spices it is said in Latin (Google translation!!!!)

  3. I saw a recipe that called for Ras el-Hanout — a spice blend. Ever heard of it or seen it in Jerusalem?

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