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Taste of summer: spanish words for fruit and vegetables, part 1



Taste of Summer: Spanish Words for Fruit and Vegetables, Part 1

When I come to a southern country, I often indulge in fresh produce. Who would want to buy chilled, unnaturally glossy stuff from supermarkets, when there are whole stands piled with beautiful sun-kissed fruit and vegetables to pick at the market? However, there is a catch: local vendors would seldom allow to hand-pick their produce, so you will have to tell them what you need.

It’s time for a confession: what fruit and veggies will you be able to buy, then? If your imaginary shopping bag only contains “manzanas” and “jalapeños”, don’t worry! Our brand new print-cut-and-fold flashcards will help you learn the names of the most popular fruits and vegetables in no time! Now you can be sure: shopping for fresh produce will be far more exciting and vitamin-packed!


(lahs behrr-DOO-rahs)

Vacation or no vacation, you still have to eat your greens. So, here are the words you might need to buy yours at the market or order them at a restaurant:

Learn the Spanish for artichoke, the Spanish for eggplant, the Spanish for asparagus, the Spanish for avocado, the Spanish for broccoli

Learn the Spanish for green beans, the Spanish for cabbage, the Spanish for carrot, the Spanish for cauliflower, the Spanish for celery

Learn the Spanish for corn, the Spanish for cucumber, the Spanish for garlic, the Spanish for green peas, the Spanish for bell pepper

Learn the Spanish for mushroom, the Spanish for potato, the Spanish for pumpkin, the Spanish for radish, the Spanish for tomato, the Spanish for onion

  • artichoke – la alcachofa (lah ahl-kah-CHOH-fah)
  • asparagus – el espárrago (eh less-PARR-rah-goh)
  • avocado – el aguacate (ehl ah-gwah-KAH-teh)
  • bell pepper – el pimiento (ehl pee-mee-YEHN-toh)
  • broccoli – el brécol (ehl BROH-koh-lee), el brócoli (ehl BROH-koh-lee)
  • cabbage – el repollo (ehl reh-POH-yoh)
  • carrot – la zanahoria (lah thah-nah-OH-reeah)
  • cauliflower – la coliflor (lah koh-lee-FLOHR)
  • celery – el apio (ehl AH-peeoh)
  • corn – el maíz (ehl mah-EES)
  • cucumber – el pepino (ehl peh-PEE-noh)
  • eggplant – la berenjena (lah beh-rehn-HEY-nah)
  • garlic – el ajo (ehl AH-hoh)
  • green beans – las judías verdes (lahs HOO-dee-ahs BEHRR-dehs)
  • green peas – el guisante (ehl gee-SAHN-teh)
  • mushroom – la seta (lah SEH-tah)
  • onion – la cebolla (lah seh-BVOH-yah)
  • potato – la papa ( lah PAH-pah), la patata (lah pah-TAH-tah) – Spain
  • pumpkin – la calabaza (lah kah-lah-bvah-sah)
  • radish – el rábano (ehl RAH-bah-noh)
  • tomato – el tomate (ehl toh-MAH-teh)


Please note that the names of some vegetables may vary depending on the area. The easiest way to learn the correct local word is to just ask.

A couple dozen new words will be just enough for today. I'll make flashcards for popular fruits next week, I promise.

And now, let’s see how many vitamin-loaded words you have memorized!

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