If you are hungry to learn about fruits and vegetables in Spanish (frutas y vegetales) and be able to shop confidently in your travels, this article is for you!
As in many cases, some names may vary according to the region you are in. This phenomenon is similar to what happens between the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.
For example, beetroot is called “betabel” in Mexico, “remolacha” in Spain, and “betarraga” in Chile and Colombia. But at least these inventories will provide you a first glance to a great culinary experience.
This is your basic list of everyday fruits. Yes, a tomato is a fruit, not a veggie!
Now, if you are feeling adventurous, this is the directory of fruits from the tropical and semi-tropical regions. Some have striking names as well as exotic looks!
|TROPICAl/EXOTIC FRUITS IN SPANISH|
|Chico zapote||Sapote apple/Black sapote|
These fruits are more common in the United States and in Europe. The list includes avocado and mango, which actually grow in hot and humid weather but are stone fruits.
Many have taken a great interest in being able to order these fruits in Spanish because of their nutritional profiles.
Then again, mango is one of the few, along with kiwi, which has the same name in English and Spanish.
Citric fruits are known for their impressive scores of vitamin C contents and their bounties of health benefits. They are the bitter-sweet kind of guy of the fruity gang.
|Limón amarillo (Meyer)||Lemon|
Berries are diverse and grow in different climates around the globe. The list below contains your classic strawberry from California to the goji berry from China and the golden berries from the Andean mountains.
You will find that many people in Mexico use the English name for the blueberry.
|Uchuva/Uvilla de los Andes||Golden berry|
The register is short but their colors and taste are long-lasting. Cucumber belongs to the same botanical family of melon, watermelon, and squashes actually.
|Calabaza de castilla||Pumpkin|
|Melón verde||Honey dew melon|
This catalogue includes usual vegetables you can find in supermarkets and farmer markets in Spanish speaking countries.
|Calabaza de castilla||Pumpkin|
|Ejote/Judía/Habichuela/Poroto||French bean/Runner bean|
This list is for salad lovers and ever-lasting dieters.
No fresh produce record would be complete without onion and garlic, two of the most used ingredients in modern cooking.
|Cebollita cambray||Spring onion|
Since we are talking about seasoning, cooking herbs can’t be left out of the listings, so here they are with their fragrant glory.
They are humble, and sometimes misunderstood, but their earthy flavors have earned them a spot in this foodie editorial piece.
|ROOTS & SPUDS|
|Camote amarillo/Batata||Sweet potato|
|Papa cambray||New potato|
Cereales y legumbres – Cereals and legumes
These food groups are generally found between crossed-fire.
Some nutrition experts may say that humans are not equipped to digest them, whilst others swear by chickpeas and beans and recommend cereal and legumes as the main source of protein.
The fact is that wheat, rice, and corn are fundamental crops in diverse communities of the planet since the beginning of civilization.
Nonetheless, gluten-free products, as well as ancient-grain baked goods, have raised their sales in the last decade. Whichever your dietary preferences or needs are it may be handy to know their names.
|COMMON GRAINS AND LEGUMES|
|Elote||Corn on the cob|
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