I am always thankful for the wonderful readers from around the world, one such reader is @RedGlitterX, an incredibly kind young lady from Australia who wrote a post about the varying names for vegetables/fruits based on a post I had written for Air Eater. Even though English is a commonly spoken language around the world, the local names for items aren’t exactly the same.
Here’s a bit about Red Glitter in her own words: “With degree in theology and feminism, am also a Ordained Clergy Person, I have a strong social justice and civil rights ethic. The fight for animal rights is one of the more important, how we treat animals is a reflection on ourselves. Having blogged for a number of years, I split with my former partner who decided that vegetarianism was good enough, and so I decided to build a new team. Currently work for an animal rescue group. I believe the reason I was put on this planet is to fight for animals, planet and people.” Please welcome Red Glitter!
As vegans we buy recipe books from all over the world, or read online recipes posted from anywhere. However some foods have very different names depending on where you are.
These might not be correct botanical names, but they are some alternative names.
1. Cantaloupe, muskmelon, rockmelon
2. Bell pepper, capsicum, red/green/yellow pepper, sweet pepper
3. Butternut pumpkin, butternut squash
4. Courgette, zucchini
5. Aubergine, eggplant
6. Baby onions, green onions, green shallots, scallions, shallots, spring onions
7. Snap peas, snow peas, mange tout
8. Biscuit, scone
9. Jam, jelly
10. Biscuit, cookie
11. Butter beans, lima beans
12. English spinach, spinach
13. Beet, beetroot, table beet, garden beet, red beet
14. Rutabaga, swede (from Swedish turnip), turnip, yellow turnip
15. Candy floss, cotton candy, fairy floss
Chips – hot chips, crisps, crisp chips, potato chips, french fries, french-fried potatoes, fries, home-style fries
One last thing, some people pronounce it ‘erbs – giving
an herb; others pronounce it herb – giving
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