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Name the most commonly used herbs and spices, including blends.
Sorted by % of recipes that use that ingredient, according to allrecipes.com
What is an herb or spice? We use this list
We do not consider salt to be a spice
Last updated: August 28, 2018
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Herb or Spice
32.8%
Black Pepper / White Pepper
26.5%
Garlic
15.7%
Vanilla
9.8%
Cinnamon
7.2%
Cayenne Pepper
6.6%
Parsley
5.4%
Mustard
5.1%
Ginger
%
Herb or Spice
5.0%
Basil
4.4%
Nutmeg
4.0%
Oregano
3.8%
Cilantro
3.7%
Cumin
3.4%
Thyme
3.3%
Paprika
3.2%
Clove
%
Herb or Spice
2.6%
Chili Powder
2.2%
Bay Leaf
1.9%
Dill
1.9%
Rosemary
1.7%
Curry
1.4%
Allspice
1.1%
Mint
1.1%
Sage
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level 80
Jun 13, 2013
When I got Ginger, I immediately tried Scary, Sporty, Baby, and Posh - but to no avail.
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level 26
Jul 9, 2013
I wish this were youtube, so I could "like" this comment
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level 67
Jun 19, 2018
And now you can!
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level 57
Jul 9, 2013
I remembered Simon and Garfunkel, then I tried Lawrys Seasoned Salt.
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level 83
Jun 26, 2015
I love that song! Parsley, sage, rosemary and Lawry's
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level 61
Jun 20, 2018
Strangely that never crossed my mind, even though I live in Scarborough!
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level 76
May 20, 2015
nice!
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level 1
May 21, 2015
Seriously - this comment made my day. Thanks so much.
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level 67
Jul 9, 2013
I think Chilli powder has two Ls
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_powder
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level 28
May 29, 2014
I agree with nettybet and Tacitus. In the UK, we spell it with two Ls. It should certainly be accepted as an alternative spelling. On the page you just gave the link for, it gives some alternative spellings at the top (including chilli and chile). These should definitely be included. I typed 'chilli' and didn't get it, even though it was on the list.
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level 55
Feb 6, 2016
Agree, I redid it a few times because I just didn't think it was plausible it was off the list
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level 33
Dec 12, 2013
We use 'll' in English, English.
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level 61
Apr 1, 2015
I feel strongly that "red chilli" should have been accepted as well. :P
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level 66
Nov 8, 2015
It is Chilli in Australia .......... Chile sounds like child without the D.
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level 65
Oct 15, 2016
Chile sounds like a country.
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level 74
Jun 19, 2018
Do you also misuse commas in English, English?
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level 60
Sep 6, 2015
In Texas, I usually see it as chile powder.
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level 68
Jul 9, 2013
I added up the percentages and it came out to 153%
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level 80
Jul 9, 2013
When all else fails, read the instructions. The percentage listed is the percentage of recipes in allrecipes.com that use the spice.
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level 27
Dec 20, 2013
some recipes use more than one
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level 23
Aug 20, 2013
Ok, where is salt? It's the most common I think.
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level 51
Mar 16, 2015
"We do not consider salt to be a spice."
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level 34
Sep 22, 2013
Lol I get bay leaf but not garlic.. what is wrong with me
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level 29
Apr 20, 2014
If you use English correctly chilli has two L's...
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level 74
Aug 23, 2017
I do use English correctly and one L is fine. We may have different spellings but it doesn't make one of us right and the other wrong, only that our countries spell it differently. I've seen it spelled both as chili and chile here in the US, but never chilli.
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level 70
Oct 29, 2017
If you use English correctly, you don't use an apostrophe for plurals
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level ∞
Apr 30, 2018
Wrecked! Another example of Muphry's Law in action.
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level 30
May 13, 2014
chilli is spelled with two 'l's
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level 19
Aug 23, 2017
I think it depends on the country, in the UK it think it's chilli, in the us, people write chili.
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level 79
May 15, 2014
Missed garlic, vanilla, bay leaf, mustard and cayenne. I can't believe I missed the two first ones! Duh. But don't really consider mustard a spice, though there's mustard seeds, that's different than the condiment!
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level 74
Jul 31, 2014
I know vanilla beans are spices, but I always thought vanilla was just an extract of the beans. I wouldn't call mint tea an herb, so it doesn't seem right that vanilla should be called a spice. I still wouldn't have remembered it either way.
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level 55
Nov 26, 2017
You can use the seeds of a vanilla pod for seasoning, you don’t have to buy extract
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level 65
Jun 20, 2018
A couple of months ago YouTubers were using the contents of Tide Pods for food. As a firm believer in the concept of natural selection, I was hoping it would continue long enough to cleanse the gene pool and strengthen the viability of our species.
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level 17
Oct 12, 2014
Tarragon???
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level 43
Oct 29, 2014
the title on this one is misleading. Garlic is a vegetable, herbs are NOT the same as spices, and spice mixes.... well, you get the picture. Sure, i read the instructions. Still disappointing.
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level 56
Dec 17, 2014
vanilla and not turmeric?
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level 71
Jan 8, 2015
Garlic and curry aren't actually on the list at the top referred to for the definitions?
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level 50
Aug 10, 2015
It's not a tumeric!
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level 24
Mar 18, 2016
Looks at quiz. *uhh* *remembers the song Scarborough Fair* "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme". Gets 4/24. What a genius right there.
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level 24
Mar 18, 2016
WHOOPS. Didn't get Mint. *-*
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level 54
Jun 19, 2016
most common according to who? this quiz favors western spices, but eastern spices such as turmeric are much more widely used if you think world-wide.
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level 66
Jun 20, 2016
I tend to agree with you Donkey+, turmeric and coriander etc. are used in great quantities world wide and should be on there.
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
If you find a decent source for worldwide usage, Quizmaster will be probably happy to update the quiz.
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level 45
Aug 28, 2016
Add cassia alongside cinnamon! The overwhelming majority of cinnamon you can buy today is NOT true cinnamon but the similar-tasting, but way cheaper, cassia instead. It only gets away with being labelled as cinnamon because it's botanically in the same family and the two have the same first name in latin. True cinnamon bark is VERY expensive and hard to find.
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level 28
Sep 23, 2016
Why are onions not on here?
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level 56
Sep 27, 2016
Alternative spelling of chilli please
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level 59
Jul 13, 2017
I just put Mrs. Dash in everything.
+2
level 64
Aug 11, 2017
Remembering "Scarborough Fair" gave me four (and I'm sure someone's already posted that.)
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level 44
Aug 30, 2017
had I but bothered to run to my kitchen
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level 42
Sep 15, 2017
Cayenne pepper is a type of chili, and usually comes as a powder, so these two should be merged.
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level 63
Nov 13, 2017
Thank you spice rack! Too bad it didn't contain vanilla!
+2
level 21
Nov 18, 2017
Garam masala?
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level 67
May 2, 2018
is a mix a ground spices including pepper, cloves, bay, cumin, coriander, mace, cinnamon and cardamom.
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level 45
Jun 22, 2018
"Name the most commonly used herbs and spices, including blends"
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level 19
Jun 19, 2018
Vanilla is definitely not a herb or spice! (As shown by the pretty low percentage of people who are guessing it!) Also in the UK I'm fairly sure chili with one L refers to chili peppers and chilli with 2 Ls refers to chilli as in chilli con carne! And we call all coriander (fresh or dried) coriander, never cilantro.
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level 24
Jun 20, 2018
Technically it is a spice, just like saffron is (both come from flowers).
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level 51
Jun 19, 2018
Oregon-o??? What the ...
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level 24
Jun 20, 2018
No, OregAno.
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level 29
Jun 19, 2018
"We do not consider salt to be a spice" - *tries "salt" first. I have trust issues...
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level 48
Jun 19, 2018
Garlic?? That stinks.
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level 24
Jun 20, 2018
Come on, man. How is "curry" a spice? It's a collection of spices. Garlic is a bulb, a member of the same family as onions and leeks. It's not a herb nor is it a spice. Most of the English speaking world knows Cilantro as Coriander, not the other way around.
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level 37
Jun 20, 2018
aGREE 100%
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level 59
Jun 24, 2018
Maybe it means curry leaf?
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level 38
Jun 20, 2018
I definitely did not look through my kitchen spice drawer -O_O-
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level 58
Jun 20, 2018
guessed peppermint, didn't think to guess mint...
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level 50
Jun 20, 2018
I got parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from Scarborough Fair
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level 49
Jun 20, 2018
No Turmeric? was the fist I thought of.
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level 45
Jun 22, 2018
thinking of the fist was your first mistake.....
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level 66
Aug 22, 2018
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level 61
Jun 23, 2018
Surprised turmeric doesn't feature.
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level 37
Jun 24, 2018
how is curry a spice? it is a dish and comprises of other spices, herbs, meats and veggies. and garlic,parsley etc they're herbs
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level 59
Jun 24, 2018
Maybe they mean curry leaf?
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level 45
Jul 16, 2018
Indian produces almost 75% of World's spice. I am also from India and got 6 :(
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level 46
Sep 17, 2018
I Don't understand, I wrote Allspice but it only filled one answer! I expected to get everything in one move...
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