Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables in Korean

Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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Ready to learn the names of fruits in Korean? We will cover those, as well as the Korean names for vegetables and nuts.

We’re going to cover the most important words you should learn first, as well as give you some example sentences so you can put them to use.

These words are going to be a key part of your plan if you’re learning Korean or have an interest in Korean culture. The good news is, you already know a lot of these words (we’ll explain how).

That means this lesson is going to be a breeze. Let’s get to it!

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Below is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

As we cover the fruits, vegetables, and nut vocabulary words, you’ll notice that they’re written in both Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) and in English. The English spelling is just an approximation of the sounds. Your pronunciation will improve significantly if you learn the Korean Alphabet.

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Fruits in Korean

Here is a list of fruits in Korean. Keep in mind that some of the fruit names will sound very similar to the English word. For example, 레몬 (remon | lemon) sounds just like “lemon”. That’s the beautify of Konglish and Korean loan words: You already know them!

Let’s start off with the word for fruit.

과일 (gwail) = fruit

Berry Fruits

Next, we’ll cover some of the berry fruits. Most of these fruits sound like their English counterparts, except for strawberries and raspberries. Both of those words have Korean double consonants, so make sure you pronounce them correctly.

Fruit in KoreanEnglish
블랙베리 (beullaekberi)blackberry
블루베리 (beulluberi)blueberry
산딸기 (santtalgi)raspberry
크랜베리 (keuraenberi)cranberry
딸기 (ttalgi)strawberry

Citrus Fruits

Here are some of the citrus fruits. The word for “orange” the fruit can also be used for the color. Go here for the complete list of colors in Korean.

Fruit in KoreanEnglish
레몬 (remon)lemon
라임 (raim)lime
오렌지 (orenji)orange
귤 (gyul)tangerine
자몽 (jamong)grapefruit

Other Fruits

And now for the remainder of the fruits. If you want an easy way to remember the Korean word for “apple”, there’s a Korean joke about it that makes it hard to forget.

Fruit in KoreanEnglish
망고 (manggo)mango
pear, also called Korean pears or Korean apples
포도 (podo)grapes
파인애플 (painaepeul)pineapple
복숭아 (boksunga)peach
수박 (subak)watermelon
체리 (cheri)cherry
자두 (jadu)plum
살구 (salgu)apricot
감 (gam)persimmon
석류 (seongnyu)pomegranate
멜론 (mellon)melon
올리브 (ollibeu)olive
파파야 (papaya)papaya
코코넛 (kokoneot)coconut
용과 (yonggwa)dragonfruit
대추 (daechu)jujube
승도복숭아 (seungdoboksunga)nectarine


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Now that you know the fruit names in Korean, let’s cover the vegetables.

Vegetables in Korean

Vegetables in KoreanEnglish
야채 (yachae)vegetables
샐러드 (saelleodeu)salad
양배추 (yangbaechu)cabbage
배추 (baechu)Chinese cabbage
시금치 (sigeumchi)spinach
당근 (danggeun)
아보카도 (abokado)avocado
옥수수 (oksusu)corn
셀러리 (selleori)celery
애호박 (aehobak)zucchini
무 (mu)radish
껍질콩 (kkeobjilkong)
green beans
bell pepper, paprika
버섯 (beoseot)mushrooms
부추 (buchu)leek
여주 (yeoju)balsam pear
연근 (yeongeun)lotus root
고구마 (goguma)sweet potato
고추 (gochu)red pepper
생강 (saenggang)ginger
양파 (yangpa)onion
인삼 (insam)ginseng
후추 (huchu)pepper
브로콜리 (beurokolli)broccoli
호박 (hobak)pumpkin
순무 (sunmu)turnip


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Nuts in Korean

Nuts in KoreanEnglish
견과 (gyeongwa)nut
아몬드 (amondeu)almond
땅콩 (ttangkong)peanut
호두 (hodu)walnut
잣 (jat)pine nuts
캐슈넛 (kaesyuneot)cashew
해바라기씨 (haebaragissi)sunflower seed


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Example Sentences

Want to know how you can use these fruits, vegetables, and nuts in everyday Korean conversation? Below are some excellent examples.

Use these sentences to practice speaking and reading. You can substitute the words above to practice the vocabulary, or add in some Korean phrases to the mix. They’re useful for understanding Korean grammar better. You might try combining sentences with Korean conjunctions, or try out your newfound Korean particle skills.

For example:

매일 아침에 오랜지주스를 마셔요. (maeil achime oraenjijuseureul masyeoyo.)

I drink orange juice every morning.


수박을 몇 조각 먹을래요? (subageul myeot jogak meogeullaeyo?)

How many slices of watermelon do you want to eat?


슈퍼에 갈때 오이를 3개 사 주세요. (syupeoe galttae oireul 3gae sa juseyo.)

Please buy 3 cucumbers when you go to the grocery store.


제가 가장 좋아하는 과일은 파인애플이에요 (Jega gajang joahaneun gwaireun painaepeurieyo)

My favorite fruit is pineapple.

Now that you've learned all about Korean fruits, nuts, and vegetables, it's time to start making sentences like the examples above! They'll definitely come in handy if you're living in Korea or plan on shopping at a Korean supermarket abroad.

What's your favorite fruit? Is it a banana, orange, pineapple, or peach? Or maybe it's a lemon or plum? Show us your Korean fruit, vegetable, and nut skills in the comments below!

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