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Swahili Names for Common Fruits & Nuts

Common fruits and nuts in Kenya are usually referred to by their Swahili or English names in almost eqaul measure. This unlike the case with most vegetables which tend to known by their English names

There are a few exceptions however, such as some exotic fruits (e.g Apples) or indigenous fruits which may be known to some people only by their vernacular.

For example, before doing research for this article I’ve only known this type of black plum by my mother tongue of mpuru. So you can imagine my surprise to find it has an English name. Granted, they’re not exactly a popular fruit, so one is not likely to encounter them being sold in a market.

Here are some Swahili names for some other more common fruits.

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Fruits

ENGLISHSWAHILI
AppleTufaha / Tofaa
AvocadoParachichi
BananaNdizi
Baobab Fruit

Ubuyu
BlackberryForosadi Nyeusi
Black PulmFuru
Canarium / African elemiMpafu / Mupafu
CherryCheri
CoconutNazi
Custard AppleTomoko
DatesTende
FigMtini / Tini
GooseberryZabibubata
GrapefruitBalungi
GrapesZabibu
GuavaPera
Horned MelonKiwano
JackfruitFenesi
LemonLimau
LimeNdimu
MangoEmbe
MelonTikiti
MulberryForosadi
MuskmelonMuskmeloni
NectarineNektarini
OrangeChungwa
Passion friutsPesheni / Karakara
Pawpaw (Papaya)Papai
PeachPichi / Fyulisi
PearsPea
PineappleNanasi
PlumPlamu
PomegranateKomamanga
RaspberryRasiberi
StrawberryStroberi
Tamarillo / Tree TomatoTunda Damu
TamarindUkwaju
TangerineChenza
WatermelonTikiti Maji
Swahili Translation for Common Fruits
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Nuts

ENGLISHSWAHILI
AlmondLozi / Badamu
PeanutNjugu / Karanga
Cashew NutKorosho / Kanju
Macadamia NutMakadamia
Swahili Translation for Common Nuts

Other Translations

Kelvin Kathia

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