A list of the 29 most delicious fruits in Spanish

A list of the 29 most delicious fruits in Spanish

by Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Updated June 7, 2023

Why study a fruit list in Spanish? One of the best things about learning a new language is discovering the food from a different country. As you improve your Spanish, new vocabulary will teach you about different foods, flavors and fruits that are only found in certain areas of the world. If you plan to visit Central or South America you’ll want to be familiar with some of the different fruits that will be available to you. Learning the names of fruits will help you expand your Spanish vocabulary and help you understand some common idioms in Spanish that use fruit

Let’s jump in and take a look at a list of fruits in Spanish. We’ll cover citrus fruits, berries, tropical fruits and a few phrases to help you buy all this great-looking produce. 

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List of citrus fruits in Spanish

Citrus fruits are used to make fresh juice and desserts across Latin America. You can find citrus year-round, but did you know citrus season is during the late fall and winter months? During this time, be sure to eat some of these fruits fresh from the market. 

limeel limónlee-moan
lemonel limón amarillolee-moan ah-mah-ree-yoh
orangela naranjanah-ran-ha
blood orangela naranja rojanah-ran-ha row-ha
mandarinla mandarinaman-da-re-nah
grapefruitla toronjatoe-ron-ha
kumquatel kumquatkoom-koo-aht
pomelola pamplemusapam-pleh-moose-ah

Fun fact: If you find some confusion about the names of limes and lemons, you aren’t alone. Spanish is an official language in over 20 countries. Fruit names in Spanish can vary from country to country. 

What is that green or yellow fruit’s name in Spanish? Well, it depends. Each country has a unique take on these fruits. There is a friendly argument that always takes place. To dig deeper into the lemon-lime debate and learn more about their Spanish names, check out this article from a Dominican author.

Berry fruit names in Spanish

Berries are a common fruit in the United States, but you’ll find that berries are a delicious option at many markets in Latin America. Un licuado or a smoothie is a popular light breakfast. Berries are of course delicious in Latin American desserts! Berry in Spanish is baya. 

Let’s review a list of berries in Spanish. 

strawberryla fresafrey-sa
raspberryla frambuesafram-boo-eh-sa
blueberryla mora azulmo-rah ah-sool
blackberryla zarzamorasar-sah-mo-rah
gooseberryla grosellagroh-sey-yah
black currantla grosella negragroh-sey-yah neh-grah
açai berryel azaíah-sa-ee
goji berryla baya de gojibah-ya deh go-gee

As you continue learning Spanish you’ll find that many names of berries are also used in slang. Fresa is Mexican slang for someone who is a snob. Una mora is a delay. 

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Tropical fruits in Spanish

If you have the opportunity to travel to Latin America, you’ll want to try some of the many tropical fruits that are grown there. Unlike in the United States imported produce sections, you may only be able to find certain tropical fruits when they are in season. Why not plan your trip around your favorite tropical fruit?

Some fruits have the same name in Spanish and in English. Remember to use your best Spanish accent on the vowels and consonants below so that you can be understood correctly.

avocadoel aguacateah-gwah-kah-teh
bananael plátanoplah-tah-no
plantainel plátano machoplah-tah-no mah-cho
dragon fruitla pitahayapee-tah-ya
guavala guayabagwah-ya-bah
kiwiel kiwikey-wee
mameyel mameymah-may
mangoel mangomahng-goh
papayala papayapah-pah-ya
pineapplela piñapee-nya
pomegranatela granadagrah-nah-dah
prickly pearla tunatuna
tamarindel tamarindotah-mah-reen-doh

Tips on how to buy fruit in Spanish

Now that you know the names of some fruit in Spanish, you’ll want to get your hands on some. One great way to practice your new vocabulary from the fruit list in Spanish is to go to the market and buy some fruit!

One important thing to remember is that the metric system is used in Latin America. Most fruits will be sold by the kilo (kilo or kilogram). A kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds. Gramos (grams) is used for smaller quantities. Liquids are sold in litros (liter). Of course, you can buy fruit by the piece as well. Make sure you review numbers in Spanish because you’ll need them when shopping. 

How much per kilogram?¿Cuánto cuesta el kilo?
Can I have 4 mangos?¿Me da 4 mangos?
Can I have 2 kilograms of avocado?¿Me da 2 kilos de aguacate?
Can I have a quarter kilo of grapes?¿Me da un cuarto kilo de uvas?
Can I have a half kilo of kiwi?¿Me da medio kilo de kiwi?
How much in total?¿Cuánto es en total?

Fresh fruit galore

There are many great things about going to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, but the variety of fruits is one of the best eating experiences you will have. Expanding your Spanish vocabulary and learning about food and fruits is a great way to improve your Spanish. Eating from the above fruit list in Spanish is a majorly fun way to practice, especially if you buy things fresh at the market. Food is an international language. It’s the perfect topic to study in both Spanish classes and real-life Spanish language experiences.

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Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Alison Maciejewski Cortez is Chilean-American, born and raised in California. She studied abroad in Spain, has lived in multiple countries, and now calls Mexico home. She believes that learning how to order a beer in a new language reveals a lot about local culture. Alison speaks English, Spanish, and Thai fluently and studies Turkish. Her consulting business takes her around the world and she is excited to share language tips as part of the Lingoda team. Follow her culinary and cultural experiences on Twitter.

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