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How many spices can you name in Polish? Posted by on Nov 29, 2021 in Food, Traditions

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without amazing food! And because Holidays are just around the corner, let’s see if you need help translating those spice ingredients in recipes?

Spices started to become popular in medieval times when soldiers and traders brought them back to their countries from different corners of the globe. Their rarity made spices a prized commodity, reserved mostly for the rich people and royalty. Since Christmas was a time of great feasts, many spices became synonymous with this time of year. Traditional dishes were given an exotic overhaul with the introduction of some amazingly flavorsome spices!

Do you ever get a great, secret (!) Family Recipe??? I bet you do…and sometimes they are in a different language. So what do you do? Google, translate? I decided to create a list of spices and their names in Polish! I hope this will come in handy for all of the chefs:) Making biscuits, gingerbread, pierogi, mule wine? Let’s see, what spices do we use in the kitchen?

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Salt – Sól

Pepper – Pieprz

Cinnamon – Cynamon

Black Pepper – Pieprz Czarny

Cloves – Goździki

Cumin – Kminek

Ginger – Imbir

Garlic – Czosnek

Bay Leaf – Liść Laurowy

Nutmeg – Gałka Muszkatołowa

Poppy Seed – Mak

Anise – Anyż

Turmeric – Kurkuma

Caraway – Kminek

Cardamom – Kardamon

Celery Seeds – Nasiona Selera

Fenugreek – Kozieradka

Oregano – Oregano

Peppermint – Mięta

Sage – Szałwia

Savory – Cząber

Sesame Seeds – Ziarenka Sezamu

Coriander – Kolendra

Curry Powder – Curry w proszku

Catnip – Kocimiętka

Lemon Balm – Melisa

Fennel – Koper

Rosemary – Rozmaryn

Vanilla – Wanilia

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When you think of Christmas, which flavors spring to your mind? I think my favorites are Rosemary and Thyme…

And since we are talking about spices, check out this post about herbs and spices and healthy living Polish way…it will come in handy in the coming Winter months!

Healthy living with herbs the Polish way.


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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Michał:

    Every day something new. I learned how savory and fenugreek are called in Polish – I’m sure it’ll come in handy the next time I’ll try a venison roast or some South Asian dish recipe that I found in English. However, it seems that you missed another popular and very curiously named spice: ziele angielskie, which is allspice.

    • Kasia:

      @Michał Thank you Michał! I will make sure I will add ziele angielskie!