Speak American: food terminology

America is the land of variety, especially when it comes to food. But if you’re new to the US and have had those moments at a grocery store/fast food place when you can’t seem to ask for what you want, then we hope that this guide will be of some use to you:


Red or green bell peppers (US) – Capsicum (UK)

Cilantro (US) – Coriander (UK)

Arugula (US) – Rocket (UK)

Scallion (US) – Spring onion/shallot (UK)

Beets (US) – Beetroot (UK)

Summer squash (US) – Zucchini (UK)

Aubergine (UK) – Eggplant (US)

Rutabaga (US) – Swede/turnip (UK)

Jello (US) – Jelly (UK)

Red peppers (US) – Red chillies (UK)

Written by Sandhya Jaishankar

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