Lets eat…. Fruit – A Guide to Chinese Fruits

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 (Yangtao – 楊桃)
Season: September to April
star

Chinese plum (Li zi – 李子)
Season: April to May
plum

Green Plum (Oume – 青梅)
Season: April to May
gplum

Yumberry (Yángméi – 楊梅)
Season: May to June
yumberry

Pomegranate (Hóng shíliú – 紅石榴)
Season: August to September
pome

Guava (Fān shíliú – 番石榴)
Season: June to September
Guava

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

Lychee (Lìzhī – 荔枝)
Season: May to July
lychee

Longan (Lóngyǎn – 龍眼)
Season: August to September
longan

Loquat (Pípá – 枇杷)
Season: January to April
loquat

Wampee (Huáng pí – 黃皮)
Season: June to July
wampee

Indian gooseberry (Yóu gānzi – 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 (Liúlián – 榴莲)
Season: June to August
durian

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

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

Monk Fruit (Luóhànguǒ – 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 – Liǔ chéng – 柳橙

mandarin orange – Gān – 柑 / 橘

lemon – Níngméng – 檸檬

pineapple – bō luó – 菠萝

strawberry – cǎo méi  – 草莓

pear – lí – 梨

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 – A Guide to Chinese Fruits

  • 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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