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Herbs and Spices Glossary

Here is a list of the most common German herbs and spices. Short descriptions, pictures and histories plus translations and common uses for each spice. Some of these spices have been in use in Northern Europe for over 5000 years!
  1. Spice Mixtures (6)

What is Liebstoeckel?
Liebstoeckel is lovage in English and shows up in many German recipes. Learn more about this herb, which is great fresh and dried.

Dill Weed - Origin and Uses of Fresh Dill
Dill is a very typical German herb. Dill is used in the German kitchen for many recipes and as an herbal remedy.

Chives - Schnittlauch - Culinary Uses in the German Kitchen
Chives are often used in German food as a garnish. They grow well in pots or sold in bunches at the grocery store.

Hungarian Paprika - Paprika Pulver - Ground Paprika
Many German recipes call for Hungarian Paprika. What is ground paprika and how is it best used? What should you look for in paprika?

Parsley in German Cookery
Parsley is common in German cooking, mostly fresh from the garden. Both curly parsley and root parsley are used to season soups and meat dishes, sprinkle on potatoes and in many cold dishes.

Vanilla - die Vanille
Description of vanilla and its uses in German food and cooking. Vanilla is an important flavoring for German deserts and baked goods. Baking and cooking with vanilla pods and vanilla sugar.

Mustard, the Ultimate Condiment
German mustard is part of the German Spice Glossary. Sweet German mustard and spicy mustard are discussed. The history of mustard.

Caraway - Kümmel
The German word for caraway seed is (der) Kümmel and it has many uses in German cuisine. The German kitchen uses caraway in many traditional recipes, including sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut and in German schnapps.

Marjoram - Majoran
The German word for marjoram is (der) Majoran and it has many uses in German cuisine. The German kitchen uses marjoram in many traditional recipes, including sausage, potatoes, tomato dishes and bean dishes.

Nutmeg in German Food -Muskatnuss
Nutmeg is used differently in German cuisine compared to English or American food. More often found in savory dishes in German food, it is pleasurable to work and has an aroma which stimulates the appetite.

Root Parsley - Wurzelpetersilie
The definition of parsley root and its culinary uses in the German kitchen

What is Bohnenkraut?
Bohnenkraut is used in German cooking, especially when cooking beans.

Maggi - Special Seasoning from Switzerland
Maggi is a type of condiment used in German cooking and at the table. Learn more about this sauce.

Using Juniper Berries in German Cooking
Wacholder is used in German cooking for meat, venison and other game recipes as well as cabbage and sauerkraut recipes. Learn more about juniper berries here.

How to Use Allspice in German Cooking
Piment in German cooking. Allspice is used in a variety of German food.

Gingerbread - Lebkuchen Spice Mixture
Learn about which spices go into gingerbread. How to find Lebkuchen spice.

Recipe for German Bread Spice Mixture
A recipe for German Brotgewuerz which has several different spices. Use this spice mix to make authentic-tasting German bread.

Bread Spices for Authentic German Bread
German bread spices are used in many recipes and lend a distinctive aroma and flavor to many German breads. Read on to learn which spices are used in Brotgewuerz.

What is in Lebkuchen Spices? How to Make Lebkuchengewuerz.
Learn how to mix your own Lebkuchen spices with this recipe. Makes enough spice mix for several batches of cookies. Make, do not buy, your Lebkuchen spices.

What is Fenchel?
What is fennel or Fenchel and how is it used in German cuisine?

Bockshornklee und Schabzigerklee
Fenugreek and sweet trefoil and how they are used in German food.

Meerrettich - Horseradish Glossary
Horseradish and how it is used in Germany.

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