14 Foods You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong



Let me set the scene: You’re on a date, and everything is going lovely. You ordered wine, you’re sipping away, everything is completely perfect. The waiter comes over to your table to take your order. You spot the lemon dill chicken with a side of asparagus and quinoa on the menu. So, as you rattle off your order, you pronounce quinoa completely wrong. Your date looks at you like a barn yard animal, and the waiter corrects you with a condescending chuckle. You turn bright red. Well, quinoa may not be the only food you’re pronouncing wrong.

14 Foods You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong:

1. Jicama

This can easily be mistaken as Ji-ca-ma but don’t be fooled. The J sounds like an H (just like Jose). It’s pronounced HEE-kuh-muh.

2. Quinoa

A delicious grain substitute, quinoa can be a tricky word to say. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.

3. Pho

One of the most delicious comfort foods around and deceivingly difficult to pronounce. It is pronounced FUH.

4. Farro

Another healthy grain, it’s not pronounced like an ancient Egyptian ruler. The proper pronunciation is FAHR-ro.

5. Beignet

Delicious, soft, fluffy, and loaded with sugar, beignet is a French term for a deep-fried pastry, pronounced ben-YEY.

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6. Bruschetta

One of the yummiest appetizers around. It is pronounced broo-SKET-tuh.

7. Espresso

Whether you’re enjoying one in the morning to get your day started or after dinner with dessert, espresso is always delightful. And there’s no “X” in the word, it is pronounced ess-PRESS-oh.

8. Gyro

It’s a delicious pita stuffed with roasted lamb and smothered in sauce. It doesn’t get any better than that. Turns out, the G is silent, pronounced YEER-oh.

9. Turmeric

When you want to kick the flavor up a notch in your dish, use turmeric, pronounced TUR-mer-ik.

10. Charcuterie

Scrumptious dried meats pair perfectly with fancy cheeses. It is also a mouthful that is quite intimidating to say. It is pronounced sharh-koo-tuh-REE.

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11. Freekeh

Freekeh is young green wheat that has been toasted and cracked, pronounced free-KUHfreekeh-kofte-freekeh

12. Açaí

These berries come from a palm tree found in Brazil and Trinidad. If you’re not pronuncing it wrong, you’ve probably heard someone who has: ah-sah-EE.

13. Crudités

I bet you didn’t know that the veggie platter with dip at the party is called kroo-di-TEY. Thank the French (again) for this one.

14. Ciabatta

This Italian bread is pronounced CHUH-bah-tuh.6a00d8341c95f553ef0133ed58cea3970b

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