The Ultimate Guide to learning fruit in Chinese
Want to learn all the different kinds of fruit in Chinese? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Time to get healthy!
What better way to get started than to fill up the shopping basket with some fruit and vegetables?
When you’re done learning fruit in Chinese check out our blog on vegetables in Chinese!
Check the top 20 most common fruit in Chinese with these simple flashcards!
Didn’t see what you’re looking for?
Search below for our full guide to learning all fruit in Chinese.
Are you a vegan or vegetarian living in China?
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Didn’t find the fruit you were looking for?
Not to worry we’ve translated them all with this helpful mega list of fruit in Chinese.
|Fruit in English||Hanzi||Pinyin|
|Avocado||牛油果||niú yóu guǒ|
|Blackcurrant||黑树莓||hēi shù méi|
|Cranberry||蔓越莓||màn yuè méi|
|Dragonfruit||火龙果||huǒ lóng guǒ|
|Goji Berry||枸杞||gǒu qǐ|
|Guava||番石榴||fān shí liu|
|Jackfruit||菠萝蜜||bō luó mì|
|Kiwifruit||猕猴桃||mí hóu táo|
|Cantaloupe||哈密瓜||hā mì guā|
|Papaya||番木瓜||gān mù guā|
|Passion fruit||百香果||bǎi xiāng guǒ|
BONUS – Strange Chinese Fruits
Think we are done with Chinese Fruit? Not yet!
Now that you know how to name all of your favourite fruit in Chinese, let’s have a look at some unusual and strange fruits you might stumble upon during your stay in China.
China is a weird and wonderful place for many reasons, and Chinese fruit is another thing you can add to that list.
Want apples, pears and oranges? Sure no problem, but why have those when you can have…
Dragon Fruit, A Buddha’s Hand, and the much maligned Durian!
Chinese Fruit – What’s the deal
Chinese fruit is BROAD, there are so many, some with familiar names, and some not! To be brutally honest, a lot of these fruits, despite an odd look to them, have wonderful flavour that is worth tucking into.
For example, let’s take the Mangosteen (which actually originated from Indonesia funnily enough).
Despite looking not so fruit like upon first glance, get peeling and you’ll discover a lovely fragrant smell, which gives off a tangy, rather sweet taste. Not so bad right?
The same cannot be said for Durian however.The curse of many a foreigner, but why?
There is rarely a food, let alone Chinese fruit, that can split opinion so much like the Durian can.
Loved by locals and hated by foreigners. Let’s try and discover why.
Why is Durian hated? The odour itself is not pleasant, not pleasant at all to be frank. Trust us when we say that too. Take Singapore as an example. They have actually banned Durian from their Metro! THAT’S how bad it is
Despite this, a large portion of Chinese can’t get enough of its fleshy texture and taste. The Durian, in fact, is so loved in China that you can even get your hands on Durian sweeties and (cover your eyes Italian readers) Durian PIZZA.
Again trust us when we say, DO NOT TOUCH THEM!
They might all look a little bit weird, sure, but they actually are very tasty! Well…except maybe for the durian, people either hate it, or love it. But you’ll have to try to know 😉
Fruit in Chinese – FAQ’s
How to say Fruit in Chinese?
Fruit in Chinese is pronounced “shuǐ guǒ” and the Chinese characters for fruit are 水果.
How to say Apple in Chinese?
Apple in Chinese is 苹果 píng guǒ.
How to say Mango in Chinese?
Mango in Chinese is 芒果 máng guǒ.
How to say Banana in Chinese?
Banana in Chinese is 香蕉 xiāngjiāo.
What is Chinese hawthorn fruit?
Chinese hawthorn fruit is also known as crataegus pinnatifida or mountain hawthorn. It’s native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia.
It’s the fruit that comes from a small tree that is bright red. It’s used in desserts, jelly, jam and wine as well as a digestive aid in traditional Chinese medicine.
What fruit represents luck and prosperity in Chinese New Year?
Fruits considered to bring luck and prosperity in Chinese New Year are oranges (abundance and happiness), pomelos (good luck and family unity), grapes, plums, jujube and kumquats (good luck and prosperity).
What fruits are grown in China?
The fruit industry is ranked 3rd for China in terms of production after grain and vegetables.
China produces most of the fruits seen on this list but can be restricted geographically as more tropical fruit such as pineapple, mangos and bananas are grown in the Guangdong region, while more resilient fruits can be grown in other regions.
More exotic fruits commonly grown and consumed in China are durian, dragonfruit, rambutans, bayberries, mangosteens, persimmons, lychees, pomelos and jujubes.
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