The German word Kraut
is a generic term for certain edible plants
. It can be a shortened form of Sauerkraut
, but it also denotes, especially in its plural form ("Kräuter
"), what in English is called herbs
. For example, Kräutertee
is herbal tea
In the English language (but not in German), Kraut has also come to be used as a derogatory term for a German, based on Sauerkraut which originated in German cuisine.