Lets eat…. Fruit

Here’s a rough guide to fruits you are likely to come across in your travels around China.

Chinese Pear (Táng lí-唐梨)
Season: Autumn
pear

Passion fruit (Bǎixiāng guǒ-百香果/熱情果)
Season: midsummer
passionf

Common Fig (Wúhuāguǒ-無花果)
Season: July and September
fig

Persimmon (Shì-柿)
Season: September to December.
persimon

Star Fruit (楊桃)
Season: September to April
star

Chinese plum (李子)
Season: April to May
plum

Green Plum (青梅)
Season: April to May
gplum

Yumberry (楊梅)
Season: May to June
yumberry

Pomegranate (紅石榴)
Season: August to September
pome

Guava (番石榴)
Season: June to September
Guava

Mango (máng guǒ-芒果)
Season: June to August
mango

Lychee (荔枝)
Season: May to July
lychee

Longan (龍眼)
Season: August to September
longan

Loquat (枇杷)
Season: January to April
loquat

Wampee (黃皮)
Season: June to July
wampee

Indian gooseberry (油甘子)
Season: August to September
gooseberry

Mangosteen (shān zhú-山竹)
Season: April
mangosteen

Dragon fruit ( huǒ lóng guǒ-火龙果)
Season: Usually available year round in warmer months
dragon

Durian (榴莲)
Season: June to August
durian

Kiwi Fruit (mí hóu táo-奇异果)
Season: January
kiwi

Goji Berries or wolfberries (枸杞)
Season: Year round in dried form
goji

Monk Fruit (luo han guo- 罗汉果)
Season: Mostly available in dried form from herbal medicine shops
monk

Jujube zǎo-枣
Season: Available all year round in dried form
dates

Kumquats (jīn jú-金橘)
Season: January to March
kumquat

 

More useful translations:
orange 柳橙

mandarin orange 柑 / 橘

lemon 檸檬

pineapple bō luó 菠萝

strawberry cǎo méi 草莓

pear lí-梨

plum lǐ zǐ-李子

litchi fruit lì zhī-荔枝

papaya mù guā-木瓜

apple píng guǒ-苹果

grape pú tao-葡萄

pomegranate shí liú-石榴

peach táo zi-桃子

watermelon xī guā-西瓜

banana xiāng jiāo-香蕉

muskmelon xiāng guā-香瓜

apricot xìng-杏

coconut yē zi-椰子

cherry yīng táo-樱桃

pomelo / shaddock yòu zi-柚子

Useful: a guide to Southern China fruits and their health benefits – http://www.squarefoot.com.hk/thespace/food-and-wine/25/30-best-fruits-native-to-southern-part-of-chinapart-1/
A simple game to learn translations: http://www.digitaldialects.com/Chinese/Fruit_text.htm

One thought on “Lets eat…. Fruit

  • April 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    your “useful translations” are not useful at all without pinyin

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