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It's all in the name


By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

Most of you will be too young to remember the Ella Fitzgerald song "Let's call the whole thing off" in which a couple debated how differently they spoke.

One famous verse went like this :

You like potato and I like potahto
You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto.
Let's call the whole thing off

How we pronounce words is quite another thing to having a different word altogether.

These days with Amazon sending books all over the world, a book published in any country in the world can turn up on your doorstep without being edited for local reading. For the most part, provided it's been translated into your language, it's not a problem however cookbooks can be confusing.

It's worth knowing what different countries call specific fruit and vegetables so you don't find yourself stumped by an ingredient you've never heard of.

The table below lists some of the more common produce used in Australia, England and US. Feel free to add to this list if you know of any that are missing.

Australia UKUS
BeetrootBeetroot Beets
Broad beansBroad beansFava beans
CapsicumBell pepperRed or Green Peppers
CeleriacCeleriac Celery Root
Choko NAChayote
Coriander Coriander Cilantro
Eggplant AugergineEggplant
Pumpkin PumpkinSquash
Rocket Rocket Arugula
Rockmelon CantaloupeCantaloupe
ShallotSpring onion Scallion
Snow peaMange tousSnow pea
SwedeNeep Rutabaga
ZucchiniCourgetteZucchini


A note on measures

Google will help you out when it comes to converting lbs and oz to metric but it's worth noting that a tablespoon in Australia is 20 ml and in the US, UK and Canada it's 15 ml

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