Brazil, a land renowned for its dazzling array of tropical fruits and vibrant juice bars, offers a sensory feast that’s an integral part of its culture. Whether strolling the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro, enjoying the incredible beaches in Northeastern Brazil, or exploring remote towns, the explosion of flavors and colors in Brazilian fruits is a must-experience.
To fully immerse yourself in this fruity paradise, learning their names in Portuguese is not just a skill, it’s an adventure!
One of my personal favorites is suco de cajá – a tantalizing beverage made from the cajá fruit, known as hog-plum in English. This small, yellow, oval-shaped treasure is a hidden gem in the world of tropical fruits, offering a unique taste that’s perfect for juices, ice creams, and even caipirinhas!
And then there’s caju, a rare find outside of Brazil, which offers an exotic twist to your fruit palate. Did you know that cashew nuts come from caju? To learn more visit my blog post about caju.
You will also get some great suggestions in my blog post about fruits you must try in Brazil.
Fruits in Portuguese
If you’ve ever been to Brazil, you’ve likely encountered these and other exotic fruits, each with their own distinct flavor and appeal.
Here is my list of fruits in Portuguese for you:
- a maçã = apple
- a uva = grape
- a banana = banana
- a pera = pear
- a melancia = watermelon
- o melão = melon
- o mamão = papaya
- o abacate = avocado
- o morango = strawberry
- o limão = lemon and also lime 🙂 Learn how to distinguish them here.
- o abacaxi = pineapple
- a cereja = cherry
- o maracujá = passionfruit
- a carambola = starfruit
- a goiaba = guava (I love it!)
- o coco = coconut (IMPORTANT: When you say “coco”, place the emphasis on the first syllable or you will be saying poo instead of coconut. Learn the correct pronunciation and explore the subtle but crucial difference between “coco” and “cocô” with my Instagram reel.)
- a manga = mango
- a pinha = sugar apple (my mom’s favorite!)
- a laranja = orange
- a fruta-pão = breadfruit
- a jaca = jackfruit
- a amora = blackberry
- o kiwi = kiwi
- o tomate = tomato
- a salada de frutas = fruit salad
- o suco de laranja = orange juice
- o açaí = açaí berry
- o pêssego = peach
- o figo = fig
- a pitomba = pitomba
- o caju = cashew
- o damasco = apricot
- o mirtilo = blueberry
- a framboesa = raspberry
- a nectarina = nectarine
- a romã = pomegranate (Eating pomegranate on New Year’s Eve is a great Brazilian tradition. Learn why!)
- a tangerina = tangerine
There are also flashcards showing you how to say:
- A banana está madura. = The banana is ripe.
- A banana está verde. = The banana is green.
- A maçã está estragada. = The apple is spoiled/has gone bad.
What did I miss? Let me know!
Tips to use the flashcards
To help you navigate this fruity labyrinth, I’ve crafted a set of interactive flashcard that come alive with sound, so you learn how to pronounce these fruits in Portuguese.
Here’s a quick guide on how to maximize your learning with these flashcards: To view the English name on one side and its Portuguese counterpart on the other, simply disable the “Both Sides” view at the top right of the cards. Click to flip and discover the translation.
And for an added layer of fun, you can engage in online games using these flashcards.
So, dive in and let these flashcards be your guide to the delicious world of Brazilian fruits. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds and expand your Portuguese vocabulary, one fruit at a time!
Find more vocabulary lessons by Street Smart Brazil on our Portuguese Starter Kit page.
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